Book Review: Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini

Touching the SurfaceTitle: Touching the Surface

Author: Kimberly Sabatini

Published: October 30, 2012

Publisher:  Simon Pulse

Pages: 352

Source: Won from a giveaway (Thanks to author Daisy Whitney! 🙂 )


Experience the afterlife in this lyrical, paranormal debut novel that will send your heart soaring.When Elliot finds herself dead for the third time, she knows she must have messed up, big-time. She doesn’t remember how she landed in the afterlife again, but she knows this is her last chance to get things right.

Elliot just wants to move on, but first she will be forced to face her past and delve into the painful memories she’d rather keep buried. Memories of people she’s hurt, people she’s betrayed…and people she’s killed.

As she pieces together the secrets and mistakes of her past, Elliot must find a way to earn the forgiveness of the person she’s hurt most, and reveal the truth about herself to the two boys she loves…even if it means losing them both forever.

*Image and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

Touching the Surface is a unique and enthralling story about the afterlife. Although it falls under the paranormal genre, it has a firm grasp of the complex realities of life. Each character in the story deals with issues from their previous lives that they have to understand in order to move on. The “delves” or the flashbacks of the characters’ lives showed their vulnerabilities and explained how they are connected to each other. The concept of delving is such a powerful element. Because of the delves, the holes at the beginning of the story have been filled.

I found it very interesting that the souls in the Obmil (the afterlife world) have specific scents to distinguish them from one another. Cool, right? Another thing is that they can manifest whatever scenery they have in mind!  I commend Kimberly Sabatini for her remarkable creation of a breathtaking afterlife world. *A STANDING OVATION PLEASE* 🙂

Elliot, Trevor, and Oliver are wonderful and unforgettable characters. But I have to say that Elliott is the character I was really drawn to, not because she’s the main character but because she resembles a part of me. Elliot’s courage to face her fears led her to learn how to forgive and most of all, to have faith in herself. There are times I lose faith in myself and after reading this book, I felt empowered to just let go and believe that everything will be okay. That I will be okay. Now I feel stronger and more ready to face any obstacle that will come my way because I believe I can.

Thank you for this wonderful book, Kimberly Sabatini. You’re an amazing writer! I look forward to reading your next book. 🙂


4/5 stars


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