Imagine receiving a phone call from someone who was in your life and is now deceased. Imagine further that the caller is telling you they are in heaven. Mitch Albom’s novel, The First Phone Call from Heaven, is the story of such phone calls and their impact on the recipients as well as the town they live in. Initially, those receiving the calls didn’t know about the others who were being contacted. Eventually, as word spreads, outsiders descend upon the town looking for proof. Can this really be happening- are people actually calling from heaven? Sully Harding, recently released from prison, is convinced the calls are a hoax and will go to great lengths to uncover the truth. He, too, has lost someone and there is much at stake.
From the first page, it is obvious that this is a special book. It is imaginative and exciting. The characters are well developed. Natural prose makes them believable. Deftly described, their fears, hopes, faith and vulnerabilities are easy to relate to. The story takes several turns and the end is surprising-to say the least.
Mr. Albom is a master story teller. He has crafted an engrossing and memorable novel.
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