The Walk by Richard Paul Evans
“My name is Alan Christoffersen. You don’t know me. ‘Just another book in the library,’ my father would say. ‘Unopened and unread.’ You have no idea how far I’ve come or what I’ve lost. More important, you have no idea what I’ve found.” —Prologue What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he’s known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life—and inspire yours.
The author did a great job of letting the reader feel Alan’s love for his wife McKale, and his pain over her accident and loss. He also did a great job of letting us go on Alan’s journey with him. The people were real, the places were real, and every thing/one was alive on the pages.
Now I know we all have different ideas as to what we like and don’t like in books, but really, how could anyone not like this book? I thought it was SO GOOD! I read some of the negative reviews that said the book didn’t have enough action, was boring, was only about the people he met and that they were all too nice. Did they forget about the “bad” people he met? They were about as bad as you can get. Anyway, the book is not a thriller, suspense or murder mystery. It’s a book about a man on a walk across the U.S. to clear his head and heart of some very bad stuff. Of course it’s not going to be full of action. After all, he spends his days walking, What else could the book be about other than the people he meets, where he eats/sleeps, and the scenery? And the way the author writes the story, that’s enough.
I loved that Alan met Angel. I don’t know yet, but I’m thinking they’ll be friends for life.
The book was a quick read, but I didn’t want to put it down for anything. It was so good that even though it was 3:00 am when I finished it, I got up, went to my TBR shelf, got book #2, Miles To Go, and started reading it. I’m now on book #3, The Road To Grace, so check back for my reviews on these two books.
I was getting sad because I thought the series ended with book #3, but I just learned that there will be a #4, and it’s coming out in May! Hopefully there will be #’s 5, 6, 7 ….