The First Phone Call From Heaven by Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom is a bestselling writer for a good reason: his books are page-turners that somehow combine the ideas we have about the afterlife and life’s other enigmas with just enough of a mystery story to grab and maintain a readers’ interest. In this quick read, a small town in Michigan suddenly begins to get calls from deceased relatives who say they’re in heaven. The novel’s main narrator is an air force pilot whose just been released from prison for a crime he may or may not have committed. That story unravels in flashbacks as the main thread about the heavenly phone calls develops. Seven different people get calls from passed on loved ones, and the story goes from being an oddity on the local television network to primetime news as the media becomes frenzied about what’s now being called the “Coldwater Miracle.” All this time, the disgraced pilot, Sully Harding, is trying to uncover what he’s sure is a hoax because his young son keeps asking when his own late mother will call.
I really enjoyed this book as I have Albom’s other titles that I’ve read. Keep in mind, though, that I adore emotional stories and have been known to shed more than a few tears while reading. Albom has been called a populist writer since his books appeal to the mass market readers. I don’t see anything wrong with that, especially since he does it so well. I would recommend this title to fans of Albom and readers who enjoy Nicolas Sparks.