READ 11 February 2012
MY RATING 4 / 5
I read this book for and on behalf of the Kindle Book Review.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t sure what to make of this book. I hadn’t fully read the synopsis and when I realised it was a non-fiction book I very nearly put it down…. However, I realised it was only a short read so I might as well give it a go.
Well, it’s a really interesting book, Hayasaki is a journalist and her book focuses on near death experiences, prompted by the recent death of her uncle, Richard and the book does a neat job if summarising recent studies and research into near death experiences and is semi-biographical as it features her uncles own near death experience.
The book was interesting, but felt a little too brief if I’m truthful – it took me about 35 minutes to read – and I’d like to see a fuller account written by Hayasaki. It almost feels like the book has come too quickly after her Richard’s passing. I’d have liked to have read a more in depth view of near death experiences, and learn a little more about the end of life care aspect.
That said, Dead of Alive is a really quick and easy read into something that we’ll all face, someday. The book isn’t morbid at all, but presents a quite difficult topic in a really accessible way.