Lost Pilgrim Press (2015)
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (12/16)
Article first published as Book Review: ‘Building Heaven’ by Andrew Osborne on Blogcritics.
“Building Heaven” by Andrew Osborne is a distinctive existential thriller exploring different concepts and possibilities of an afterlife.
What happens after we die? Do we cease to exist? Is there a heaven and a hell? Reincarnation? What is the point of everything – or anything? Osborne offers just about every imaginable situation through multiple points of view, while focusing on one man’s precarious journey as he struggles to answer these fundamental questions – questions considered by most people at some point in their lives.
From all appearances, Pete Herlinger has a normal life with the whole package: a successful career, loving wife, exceptional child, and doting parents. Five years after a fatal car crash while on a family vacation, Pete makes his transition from Earth and the journey begins.
Every aspect of this book is phenomenal. There was not one thing I did not like about it, with the possible exception of it ending too soon. The writing is brilliant and mesmerizing, capturing me from the very beginning with a unique style and delivery. The author builds a clever descriptive world in “The Place” where souls congregate in the story. I actually felt myself slip into the experiences exposed through the characters. Speaking of which, the characters are amazing! Relatable, realistic, witty, cunning, evil, humorous, infuriating, the list is never-ending, spellbinding me throughout the narrative. Love them or hate them, one thing is for sure–readers will connect with these characters.
Though “Building Heaven” is his first novel, Andrew Osborne is an Emmy Award winning writer, with works that include a play, film, comics, a game show, and interactive scripts. I do hope Osborne continues to write novels – his command of the English language and storytelling craft is exceptional. I highly recommend “Building Heaven.” It is a totally enthralling story that will stick with you long after you finish reading, as you contemplate your own beliefs of what happens when we leave this world. Truly remarkable reading.