Consumer confidence was strong on Black Friday with record sales. Perhaps we are ready for our economy to stabilize, for certainty to return to our lives. Greg Messel explores certainty in his new book, THE ILLUSION OF CERTAINTY:
The Illusion of Certainty follows two parallel storylines. Marc is a successful businessman who seems to have everything-a great job, a beautiful wife, a house in an upscale neighborhood of Portland, Oregon and two great kids who are preparing for college. But something is not right. Marc is unsettled by the sudden change in his wife, Aimee, who seems distant and unhappy. What is going on with her? The second storyline involves a successful young attorney Alexandra Mattson. Alex, as she is called by her friends, meets a handsome young cop, Sean, during an unexpected crisis in her neighborhood. Sean and Alex seem made for each other and begin to merge their futures in a world of uncertainty. The only certainty in life is that we will face uncertainty. Despite all of the technology and controls available in the modern world, sometimes the only comfort comes from the human touch.
|Sunset over Pearl Harbor|
This is the first time I have read "parallel" stories within one novel. It worked for me. The stories share a common thread - the importance of human touch in our fast paced high tech world. Messel asks the reader to take a a step back from "progress" to see if it actually yields what we need - certainty that our family will be safe and happy. THE ILLUSION OF CERTAINTY was emotionally "heavier" than I expected. But it was a satisfying read with a timely message for the holiday season.
I am giving away a print copy of THE ILLUSION OF CERTAINTY to one randomly selected commenter. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, December 17, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winner on Sunday, December 18.
Kim in Hawaii
To learn more about Greg and his book, check out his website at www.expiationbook.wordpress.com.