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The book is very literary at times, but also has a dash of scifi thrown in, due to the lead characters ability to see into peoples past by touching them. Also a love story, a mystery and a major crime are all mixed in. I highly recommend picking this up as soon as possible and sitting it on top of your TBR pile.
I was most impressed by the way that Highland is able to explore multiple timelines simultaneously without compromising the individual effectiveness of any of them. He teaches the reader how to read his book, which is something only the very best authors know how to do well.
If you've read his previous novel (Major Inversions) you'll know well Highland's clever twists of phrase and perfect comedic timing. If you haven't read Major Inversions, I recommend you start with Flashover. Get a taste for what this amazing author can do, then go back and take in the first novel. Finally, write your congress person and ask that he support a proposition to get Gordon Highland to write another novel.
Like most stories, it's a love story. His love, she disappears one day. His new mission is to find out where she went and why she left him.
When describing this book, it's hard to do it justice. The story doesn't sound like much - a man goes on a journey to find the girl he loves and we discover what happened to her. But Gordon is really good at plotting. This story isn't linear. It jumps all over the place time-wise. And there are multiple characters we follow through these timelines. The time ranges from well before Tobe's accident, to I think about 5-6 years after it. It's done so well though, that it never needs explaining where we are in time. It's done with subtle clues each time, so as to never make you feel lost when a new section starts out. It's handled masterfully. Never once did I have to question what was going on. But also, I never felt like I was being spoon-fed the story.
Another area that Gordon shines is how clever the writing is - it's tight and metaphorical. There are little things for people who are really paying attention. There are clever things that will make you chuckle. There are things sprinkled throughout to give you clues. If you catch them, you can start to guess at some of the connections.
More than a love story though, this becomes a mystery or thriller and a tale of personal discovery. It becomes many things. There are elements of the supernatural. There are elements of philosophy, metaphysics, touches of theology - yes, there's a lot going on here. And it's all tied together seamlessly.
There are all these hints sprinkled throughout the whole book about how all these people are connected and what's really happening. They start getting pieced together about halfway through. And each one, you get this moment where you realize what's happening. And then Gordon digs the hole a little deeper, giving you more to discover.
I can see myself recommending this book to just about anyone who reads. This book is written so well, with so many great elements, it's got a lot of crossover potential. This book is written as if Gordon is a career author. But this is only his 2nd book - his first being Major Inversions. I'm sure we can expect many more great things from him in the future.