Book Review: The Trial of Fallen Angels

The Trial of Fallen AngelsThe Trial of Fallen Angels by James P. Kimmel
Publisher: Amy Einhorn/Putnam
Release Date: November 8, 2012
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Publisher’s Description:

Brek Cuttler has it all: a husband she loves, a daughter she adores, a successful law practice. And then one day everything she has ever known disappears. Brek finds herself standing on a deserted train platform covered in blood. As she tries to comprehend what is happening to her, a man seemingly from her past approaches her – almost as if out of the blue – and tells her to come with him. He explains that she has died and arrived at the place in the afterlife where souls are tried. Brek has been chosen to join the elite team of lawyers charged with prosecuting and defending souls st the Final Judgement.

As Brek struggles to find her way back to her husband and daughter, to learn how she got to this strange place and how she can leave it, all of her fundamental beliefs about love and hate, justice and forgiveness, will be tested. She will discover that her first client holds the shocking secret of her fate. And she will see how seemingly disparate events during her life have conspired to bring her to a single moment in time that will determine her eternity – and how every act of kindness and cruelty sets in motion things beyond our wildest imaginations.

The Trial of Fallen Angels is a philosophical story that examines justice versus forgiveness. This is a slow, thinker of a book with a lot of symbolism. I’ll admit that some of it was over my head. I think reading it a second time would reveal more layers to me but so many books, so little time… Even though I didn’t always feel like I understood what the author was trying to tell me, on the whole I found this to be an interesting, original book. In addition to the spiritual theme, there is also the mystery of what exactly happened to Brek – how and why did she come to Shemaya Station. I found that aspect of the story captivating. This would be a great book for a book club – there is so much that could be discussed and I’m sure that different readers would have different interpretations of what happens with the trials.

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(I received this book courtesy of the publisher.)

  • bermudaonion(Kathy)

    I’m intrigued but wonder if the whole book would be over my head.