The stranger in the lifeboat by Mitch Albom : Book Review


I normally wait to post my book reviews, I normally post them weekly on a Sunday and schedule them in advance. There was already one programmed for today BUT I've just finished reading this one and I could not wait to share with you my thoughts and feelings on it! 


The stunning new novel from the bestselling author of global phenomenon Tuesdays with MorrieAdrift in a raft after a terrible shipwreck, ten strangers try to survive while they wait for rescue. After three days, short on water, food and hope, they spot a man floating in the waves. They pull him on board - and the survivor claims he can save them.

But should they put their trust in him?Will any of them see home again?And why did the ship really sink?The Stranger in the Lifeboat is not only a deeply moving novel about the power of love and hope in the face of danger, but also a mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end. 'Mitch Albom sees the magical in the ordinary' Cecelia Ahern'He has the ability to make you cry in spite of yourself' Boston Globe'Albom has touched the lives of a lot of people he never even knew' Time

My review

That grabbed me and didn't let go, in fact, it still hasn't. 

Ok, wow. I think I'm still in shock. 

I'm not a religious person, not in the traditional sense. I don't know what I believe, I have faith but I'm not sure what in. So when I realised this would be a religious story I was unsure if I would like it, I don't like being preached too. 

I had nothing to fear, there was no religious preaching at all. This story was just pure beauty. 

The story itself is wonderful, the way it is structured using points of view on land, at sea & news broadcasts is very clever. It got me with the twists and turns, where I can normally predict them in the thrillers and crime novels I read, I didn't with this story. 

The elements of faith and religion were handled in a very beautiful way. I think that this is the sort of book that anyone with or without religious beliefs can read, enjoy and appreciate. 

I will admit to getting tearful, it was just so beautifully written and filled my heart with love and appreciation for family and for life. 

This book was amazing, magical and will honestly stay with me for a very long time. 

Thank you Mitch Albom for writing such a wonderful novel, it was not just enjoyable as a fictional story it has also filled my heart with appreciation for life, it's a gift and though it may be a challenge it is something I needed reminding to be thankful for. 

Wow, I can't believe a novel just did this to me. I'm properly shook. 

Thank you Sphere / Little Brown Books for the proof copy. 

My rating 

5 out of 5 stars.