Will you be Rapt?

| 28 August , 2009 | 16 Replies

I know you’ve been waiting patiently for me to write my review about Nikki Gemmell‘s new book, Book of Rapture and I apologise but FINALLY, here it is.


Premise: Three children wake up in a basement room. They have been drugged and taken from their beds in the middle of the night. Now they are alone. Where are their parents? Who can they trust? The family has been betrayed to the government and Salt Cottage, their home on a clifftop above the ocean, is no longer safe. Their mother′s scientific work has put them all in danger. To protect them, she must let them go. She must put her faith in an old family friend — and in her children′s own resilience and courage.

This is a book that you are either going to love or hate, for me I am on the fence ’cause I really don’t like to hate things, it is a bit disappointing, not because she’s not a brilliant author, she is, Bride Stripped Bare was riveting and unput-downable, and the premise of her new book had my interest piqued.

Nikki has written the story in the second person and I found it hard to get my head around and I didn’t really ‘get’ the story until the kids wake up in chapter 39.  I didn’t understand how she could see and hear what they were doing when she wasn’t there, it was like she was a fly on the wall but she wasn’t she was hidden away somewhere, may be my brain is too literal or because the story-line jumped around a little bit.

The narrator is a married woman whose involvement in a top secret scientific project has put her life, and the lives of her family and husband, in danger. So to protect her children, daughter Soli and twin boys Tidge and Mouse, from the security forces she has them drugged and shuffled away to a secret hiding place.

There are lots of religious anecdotes and the book raises the conflict and complexity of the realms of spirituality, religion, ethics and science and to the narrating character, religion and science just don’t mix.  Which of course raises the issues of parents having opposing beliefs and how that will impact the raising of their children and not tear their love apart.

The Bride Stripped Bare was also written from the second person but it was less complicated and I did find Rapture to be challenging, I think it’s an intellectual read rather than an easy breezy chic lit read that I was expecting.  I don’t know if it’s a literary genius so you will need to make up your own mind.  And Emily McGuire from The Age has written a good review that explains a few things for me that I missed 🙂

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  1. Sassi says:

    Congratulations to, Carmen, Krissy, Sasha, Catherine and Christine for winning a copy of Nikki Gemmell\’s Book of Rapture.

    Reminder to everyone that you need to be a member of Sassi Confidential to be a winner 🙂


  2. Diantha says:

    I want to feed my brain The book of Rapture

  3. Jasmine says:

    It sounds like a book I could read while catching the bus everyday

  4. carmen says:

    This book I would like to read as i like mystery and it would challenge my dyslexia.

  5. lisa says:

    i would love to win this new book of Nikki Gemmell I am a huge fan love to get my head into new juciy material.

  6. Belinda Bonello says:

    Because it sounds very interesting, I’d love to read a great book like this!

  7. Christine Barter says:

    I wait in anticipation of this new long awaited offering by Nikki Gemmell. The Bride Stripped bare was a somewhat challenging book, so your premise that this new novel is very challenging has piqued and intrigued me greatly.

  8. Lucinda says:

    “The Bride Stripped bare” partially annoyed and challenged me and now i am so glad she has her name to this new book. I would love to see what her writing style has developed into and find out about this second person perspective. Thanks for the honest review Sassi 🙂

  9. monica scurlock says:

    A book to take me out of my comfort zone, with the mother in me, nervous but interested to read more…i’d love to be captured by Nikki!

  10. Merryl says:

    The Book Of Rapture sounds intriguing. I love a good mystery that makes me think. This book sounds like a real challenge and I can’t wait to read it.

  11. Catherine says:

    The book is receiving such mixed reviews, leaning towards the “not so good” end of the scale, I would love to have the opportunity to read the book and decide for myself, after all, Love Song, Cleave and Bride Stripped Bare were all great reads.

  12. Darren says:

    I remember Nikki from her radio days at Triple J. Yet to read one of her books so, naturally, would love the opportunity. 🙂

  13. Kirsty says:

    I couldn’t put The Bride Stripped Bare down while on holiday in Far North Queensland so I can’t wait to read The Book of Rapture while dreaming of a holiday in FNQ.

  14. Jacque Duffy says:

    As my head can sometimes work in mysterious ways ‘Rapture’ sounds – from your review – like an intresting challenge… could I possibly read and enjoy an intellectual book?… let’s find out… perhaps I could be one of your lucky winners.

  15. Sasha says:

    I’d love to read a copy of The Book of Rapture because it sounds like it’s about finding out who you can trust and occasionaly having to take a leap of faith when you’re not sure who you CAN trust. I love a good intellectual mystery and would love to sink my teeth into something a little deeper than my usual chic-lit! 🙂

    Great review by the way.

  16. Krissy says:

    I’ve read the other books that Nikki has written and have enjoyed them (especially Bride Stripped Bare) – which is why I want to read this new one! 🙂

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