My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Andrew Wrangles is content with the way his life is going. He has a beautiful wife named Cheryl, his job is going well, and he maintains a stable friendship with his friends, Buddy and Stanley Riordan. When Buddy goes missing, Andrew can’t help but wonder as to what has happened to him. Something tells him, Stanley might know, but he sure isn’t saying. Granted, reports of Buddy surface from all around the globe, but there’s something about the entire situation that he can’t quite put his finger on.
Stanley unexpectedly dies to cancer, a fact that takes Andrew by surprise. He’s thrown for another loop when he’s named in Stanley’s will as the recipient to ten million dollars, a large sum of money Andrew never truly knew his friend had amassed. The solicitor reveals to Andrew that Stanley has also left him a sealed envelope, one which piques his curiosity. He’s soon given the choice of either accepting the money or taking the envelope, a decision that is quite hard for Andrew to make.
Bringing the situation to his wife’s attention, Cheryl clearly tells him there’s only one true decision to make. He should take the money, she says. Andrew, on the hand, can’t help but wonder as to the reason behind Stanley’s having left him the sealed envelope. Pleading for time before making his ultimate decision, he decides to delve into the small clues Stanley has left behind for him to find.
Striving to find a hint as to what he should look for, Andrew is transported into the past in order to discover Stanley’s secrets. The further he digs, the more questions surface. Nevertheless, he trudges on, knowing that the clarity he seeks is just around the corner.
His speculations about the entire affair leave him wondering as to whether he’s doing the right thing. Part him also wonders if he should let his speculations go and just accept the money with no questions asked. Yet one thing is certain, no matter what happens or what he discovers, he will get to the bottom of things, if only to set his mind at ease about the situation he’s now found himself in.
The book definitely lives up to its title. Immersed in a world of speculation surrounding his friends, we find Andrew involved in vivid philosophical recollections of his past as he strives to discover his friend’s secrets. This story is quite thought-provoking and leaves the reader pondering about the subjects of infinity and God that the author has included throughout the book. Beautifully written, it’s definitely a great read. I enjoyed it very much.
About The Author: Edmund Jorgensen was born in Chicago. He studied classical languages and has maintained a love for all things Greek and Roman. He fell in love with his wife in Mexico; they now reside, happily but considerably more chilly, in Watertown, Massachusetts. Edmund is currently hard at work on his second book, a set of interconnected short stories. Connect with Edmund on his website, Facebook, Twitter or GoodReads.