So, I’ll admit when I first started reading ‘The Waiting Room’ by Alysha Kaye, I rolled my eyes a couple of times because I thought it was going to be an overly cheesy story about a man who loves a woman so much he can’t rest in peace. But I hold up my hands before you now and admit, I was wrong.
The Waiting Room follows the story of Jude who dies, leaving his wife Nina, just at the cusp of what should be the start of their real life together, planning to have children, starting their own business. Upon dying Jude finds himself in ‘The Waiting Room’ a bland room with a receptionist, where people go when they die. They have windows, which they can look through and watch the people they left behind, until their name is called out and they go on to live another life.
The Waiting Room soon becomes a book full of depth that gives different perspectives on what actually happens when we die. There’s reincarnation, people believing they’re being given a second chance because they didn’t fully live their first life to it’s full ability and plenty of mentions of God and Heaven. But Alysha has left the book open to interpretation, which is great, because it really does allow you the space to ponder what you think the room is or represents.
My only criticism would be the ending. We see three or four more interpretations of Jude and Nina living another life, and it felt just a tad too much. Aside from that it’s a great little novel that definitely provides plenty of food for thought. You’ll enjoy this if you want something that will offer new perspectives on the afterlife or a love story with a difference.
Star Rating out of 5: 4
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**Side note – if you want differing perspectives on the after life you may also want to check out ‘Sum: Tales from the Afterlives’ by David Eagleman. A great book that offers different thoughts on what happens after we cease to exist.