Publisher: Melange Books
Publish Date: March 25, 2013
Origins: From Author for Review
Order Links: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense—and powers—that almost no one else in the world did?
When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light—but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been.
But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them—some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows—and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.
Review: ‘Lightpoints’ is the story of people who receive a new awareness when they have a near-death experience. When Amanda Nichols nearly dies after being stabbed by a total stranger, she comes back from the brink with an ability to sense everyone in a new way. They appear as light points to her consciousness and after meeting others like herself, she learns to give and receive energy from others. Amanda’s husband, Chris, knows there is something different about Amanda and he wants to share in it. So, along with some assistance, she helps Chris become like her. At the same time, all around the country, some people are returning from near-death experiences with the “lightpoint” awareness. As with any power, some use it to help others and others find more sinister uses for the gift.
I liked ‘Lightpoints’ overall. I thought the new ability some people came back from a NDE with was very interesting and not so far-fetched. We’re all beings of energy, so why couldn’t someone be able to sense that energy? I enjoyed Amanda’s discovery and watching her learn to deal with her new-found ability. I also enjoyed the group of others she met through Lisa (another “lightpointer”). When Amanda’s path crosses with a gangster using his ability for evil, tragedy strikes and Amanda makes a dangerous decision. I felt the book ended a little too abruptly, but I enjoyed the author’s smooth storytelling and brilliant characters.