Before I start I want to thank Peter Kassan for sending me his novel to review!
“Lightpoints” by Peter Kassan (2013)
Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
Book Length: 218 pages
What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense—and powers—that almost no one else in the world did? When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light—but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been.
But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them—some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows—and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life. (description from Amazon)
I like the whole unique storyline idea of the main characters having these near death experiences (NDE) and then having this power of “light points”. The best way to describe “light points” is that the characters who have this power see people’s energies/auras and can manipulate their own energy as well as others. They are also able to sense other people who also have the same powers as they do.
“Lightpoints” is Kassan’s first novel, but it still needs some work. The chapters are too short at times and they story seems to needlessly jump from place to place. We have introductions of new characters, people, and situations that are irrelevant to the story and I found it confusing as to why they need to needed to be placed there and it they threw me off track from the story flow. The story also moves too quick and feels rushed at times.The dialogue needed some work too. Kassan’s writing is good, but I feel it needed some improvement at parts. The last point I want to make is that the story had an abrupt ending. There was a huge climax and then the story just stopped too short. I was left with feelings of “huh” and “what” rather than feeling resolved.
The storyline is different and I liked that, but it needs more work and development. Recommended for people who like mysteries and thrillers. Don’t let my experience, lead you astray from reading the book! 3 out of 5 stars.