This book was AMAZING! I am not going to be able to fully do this book justice in this review, but I’m going to try.
I must say how much incredibly detailed research obviously went into writing this book. It is stuffed full of Egyptian history and information that was amazingly detailed. I learned so much through reading this, and I loved it.
This story is hard for me to explain because I do not want to spoil it for any reader, so I’m going to leave a lot out. If you’ve read the book, I’d love to discuss it!
So, the story itself, it’s about love, life, death, family, everything that builds us into the people we are. This book ripped me up and then put me back together. I couldn’t quite figure out how this was going to end. It’s about The Book of Two Ways, an Egyptian path for the dead to find their afterlife. The chapters are broken into a story of two ways. Water or Land / Boston or Egypt. Sometimes I struggle jumping back and forth to different stories in a book, but with this, every time we switched to the “other way” I was so deeply invested I didn’t want that one to end, then we’d jump to the “other way” and I’d get invested all over again.
The way Picoult writes this story, it absolutely draws you in. The characters are so real and captivating. I was emotionally invested in their stories. I actually held my breathe at times because I was so worried about what was going to happen.
The Egyptian history and the on-location dig site information was fascinating. I really enjoyed excavating the tombs with the characters. The descriptions made me feel like I was right there. The vivid colors were visible to me, as were the detailed hieroglyphics. Picoult chose to add actual drawings of some hieroglyphics, which I found both helpful and utterly beautiful. It was amazing to look at these as I went through the pages.
Overall, I truly loved this book. I may even go back and read it again because once I got to the end, I knew that it was a book that would reveal new secrets and information a second time!
To Read or Not To Read:
I would recommend