Book review: Final Beginnings

Edward’s psychic thriller fails to deliver spiritual depth

Final Beginnings by John Edward and Natasha Stoynoff, spiritual/metaphysical thriller about a psychic mediumRating: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars

John Edward’s second novel, a supernatural thriller, is more “thriller” than “supernatural.” Co-written by Natasha Stoynoff, Final Beginnings offers a quick beach read with a reasonably suspenseful story. However, I was disappointed by its lack of spiritual exploration.

Story: Four families. One tunnel. And the survival of the country is at stake. Against the backdrop of serial terrorist attacks in New York City, psychic medium John Edward’s second novel follows the lives of four people and their diverse experiences with life and death on personal and global levels. (From goodreads.com)

Spiritual/metaphysical content: Low. Given John Edward’s international reputation as a psychic medium and author of seven books, I expected a more substantial metaphysical or spiritual foundation for Final Beginnings. Instead, the book follows the currently fashionable practice of hanging a traditional potboiler on a psychic hook.  I was hoping to get a glimpse of how a world-famous medium views our culture in general and contemporary metaphysics in particular,  but the psychic’s character in the novel isn’t very well developed. The story culminates in a midtown Manhattan tunnel, where each of the four families’ psychological and spiritual trauma is healed and the loose ends are neatly tied up. However, the bulk of the story doesn’t incorporate much spiritual depth, which could have made the characters more believable and the story less predictable.

My take: As a taut-paced thriller that uses the visceral memory of 9/11 to rachet up the tension, the book is fairly successful. Edward’s second novel is easy to read and is reasonably well written. However, I found the lack of spiritual and metaphysical depth disappointing. Despite the implicit promise of a novel written by a psychic medium, the theme includes few ideas that characterize new age thought. There’s nothing wrong with the book; but from the perspective of new age fiction, there isn’t much right about it either. Can anyone recommend other novels by John Edward?

Details:
Final Beginnings, by John Edward and Natasha Stoynoff
Published by Princess Books, 2004
Paperback, 310 pages
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3 thoughts on “Book review: Final Beginnings

  1. I’m sorry to hear about your father-in-law. Such sad news. But I’m glad to hear from you: I wasn’t aware of Hancock, and I just saw on your site that Louise Erdrich has a new book out–yay!

  2. Pingback: Book review: Walking In « Fiction for a New Age

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