Title: The Waiting Room
Published: 27 June 2014
Author: Alysha Kaye
Jude and Nina are the epitome of that whole raw, unflinching love thing that most people are jealous of. That is, until Jude dies and wakes up in The Waiting Room, surrounded by other souls who are all waiting to pass over into their next life. But unlike those souls, Jude’s name is never called by the mysterious “receptionist”. He waits, watching Nina out of giant windows. He’s waiting for her. What is this place? How long will he wait? And what will happen when and if Nina does join him? The Waiting Room is a story of not just love, but of faith, predestination, and philosophy, friendship and self-actualization, of waiting.
For my bedtime reading tonight, I've gone with a sample of Alysha Kaye's The Waiting Room.
Whilst I've only read chapter one, I'm already intrigued. I must first admit that this is not my usual genre of choice and, in fact, I tend to actively avoid tales of death and sadness, however Ms Kaye's debut novel takes a unique look into death and the afterlife. The manner in which the first chapter is written seems quite matter-of-fact, rather than trying too hard to render the reader into a tearful sobbing mess, which was what I feared when I first read the synopsis. Stories dealing with death and loss can become overly-sentimental, however Ms Kaye seems to have neatly avoided this pitfall throughout the first chapter. Although given the subject matter, I'm sure there will be plenty of opportunities for me to shed a tear or two before I reach the end of the story.
The book is released in electronic format and is currently priced at £2.44 on Amazon UK. I am looking forward to reading the remainder of this story and seeing in which direction it leads.