Set in a cutting edge housing development along a river, Afloat takes us again into the human soul, and to, as Healy notes on her website, “thin places, a Celtic name for locations in the world where the veil between physical and spiritual realities is so delicate that a person can see through it.” The result is a novel about God’s supernatural grace against the backdrop of natural disasters which create stress fractures within people and between people.
Vance Nolan has partnered with Tony Dean to create a unique set of apartments along a river’s edge. Upscale and nearly complete, Eagle’s Talon is a construction dream. Then a sinkhole causes havoc and death, followed by tanker running aground on the river and dropping an unknown substance into the water, earthquakes occur due to a volcanic eruption in the American West (not known to the main characters until later), and the power outages and apocalyptic change in the weather that follow create an unsettling environment which reflect the turbulence and ambiguity in the relationships of the Eagle’s Talon survivors who are cut off from contact with the outside world.
As you follow the anxious and literally dark moments with Vance, Tony, and company, there are surprises at every turn as the truth (and truths) about their pasts, come out. Shame, guilt, lying, and blackmail are brought into the light. But alongside such revelations are people who message God’s grace and forgiveness as well as natural phenomenon that offer life giving reminders and aid of divine help.
I liked this novel because it brings out both the truth of human fallibleness and the reality of divine help and salvation in a unique way. Healy creates honest characters who reflect the ambiguity we all have when it comes to matters of the heart… and soul. I think that anyone who reads it will get a glimpse of themselves and also God’s grace often offered to us in the words and actions of those who are closest to us.
I rate this book a ‘very good’ read.
Note: This was gift and I chose to write this review.