Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Recalled To Life by Dan Burns Review

I won a copy from Goodreads First Reads.

"Chicago architect Peter O’Hara had a plan, a blueprint, for how he wanted to build his life. He had goals and ambitions and his path was clear. He had a loving wife and son, career success, and his final career goal was close within reach. The opportunity to become a partner in his firm was there for the taking. He almost had it all.

But life and fate do not consider such plans. An unbelievable and unplanned event sets off a domino effect of repercussions that turn Peter’s life upside down, pushing him to his limits and causing him to re-evaluate everything he thought was important."

I wouldn't say that Peter's life was turned too upside down. Instead I would say Peter's life was turned a ninety degrees. (Okay, I'll stop it with the math, algebra, trigonometry and geometry. I swear.) 

Recalled To Life forces Peter O'Hara to change everything he once thought was wrong or right. Recalled to Life is brilliant, completed with strong characters, an amazing young child, and a remarkable addicting conflict/situation. The plot is beautiful with plenty of twist and turns. Recalled To Life, for me, isn't a too bad for a book. It's good; it's above average. For most readers, Recalled To Life is one of those books that you read only because you're "bored and there's nothing else to do" or "reading it because your mother thinks you don't read enough books."

I totally and wholeheartedly recommended Recalled to Life only to people who want to make a change in their life and people who want to have a little piece of hope and joy. The book is like a really muddy reflection of Michael Jackson's song Man in the Mirror. (Muddy, remember, it's a muddy reflection of the song.)

I hate the POVs. I wish it sticks only to Peter O'Hara instead of wavering to Jack, Peter's father, or even to Jake, Peter's son. It becomes quite annoying, plus the book doesn't tell you who exactly is narrating/speaking/thinking. Instead, readers have to figure it out by location, speaking ways, and thinking ways. Sometimes the name is mentioned, but never boldly printed before the POV starts. 


Peter O'Hara's life is perfect. He has it all--the woman he loves, the son who makes him smile, the successful career, and a nice home. When a huge change in his life took place, Peter is forced to set his priorities in order. Should he put his career above all? Or should he pay more attention to family like his father, Jack O'Hara? Or maybe his son, Jake O'Hara? Choices, choices, choices. 

Jack O'Hara, Peter's family, is ill. He can't talk and is mentally and physically disabled until a great miracle took place. His fight with his son and his mentality is a major aspect of Recalled to Life. 

Rating: Three Point Five out of Five. Rounded to a Four. 

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