Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I'm amazed how well Kimberly Sabatini took me on a journey as a reader not unlike the journey Elliot, the MC of TOUCHING THE SURFACE is on as a third timer at the Obmil, a sort of afterlife sanctuary one must stop at when you're not done with the life you've abruptly left behind. For me, I reflected the loss of my mother, who passed away unexpectedly a year ago. Thus, this novel was a very personal journey for me. But, what I discovered about myself, and the loss of my mother was through the lense of Elliot.
As Elliot grew, so did I, in understanding and forgiveness of myself. Perhaps this is what Kimberly had in mind all along. TOUCHING THE SURFACE has a way of leading the reader, if you're willing, to a place of enlightenment drawn carefully and dangerously on the edge of a sharp blade, one you can dive off of into the depths, and come back up to the surface of a peace you've only imagined.
This sounds crazy if you haven't read this amazing debut, but I hope you'll take the risk and dive in. Trust me, it's worth the read. If you can survive all the twists and turns and surprises along the way.
My advice: Don't look back, you'll just see the road disappearing right behind you. Don't look too far forward down the road, it's not even there yet, it doesn't exist. Instead, be HERE. Be in the present. Be NOW.
This book is unlike anything you'll come across, and I hope you'll experience it along with me. This is one that will change your life. It changed mine. Thank you, Kimberly!
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