Book Review : The Canyons of Souls — By Ronald Malfi

In the book “The Canyon of Souls” writer Ronald Malfi has beautifully blend the real world with the mysterious world. Tim Overleigh is the main character of the story.  He was a successful professional sculpture who  loved his work over her beautiful wife Hanna. As a result she left him for another guy. When  he realized the importance of Hanna in his life and how much he loved her , time was too late , Hanna died in a fatal road accident in Italy.

Hanna’s death changed his life totally.  He used to see Hanna’s ghost in his room. He believed that his negligence to his wife brings her death. He stopped sculpting and exiled himself from the world. In order to ruin his life, he took part in world of extreme sports. when a caving accident nearly ends his life, Tim falls into a self-destructive downward spiral.  At that time Hanna’s ghost appeared to him in the cave and show him the way out. 

On the cusp of loosing his mind, Tim got an invitation and air ticket to Nepal, from Andrew a common friend of him & his ex-wife. He joined the group six along with Andrew to cross the Tibetan beyul—the hidden lands—the Canyon of Souls–which allows a respite from the human world into a world of spirits.  Beyuls are places of mythical significance, the lands between our world and the next, or, between the world of mortals and the world of immortals. The local belief that the  Beyulsare secret land and are not mean to be crossed.  They warned the group that nobody will ever successes to cross the canyons of souls. If they try to cross it, they will be in danger.

They started their journey to cross it but on the way they started losing their member one by one in mysterious way. Whenever Tim fall in danger, Hanna’s ghost appeared to him and show him the way out.  Only Tim and Andrew came back alive.  Only Tim had seen the door of Canyons of Souls but nobody had ever tried to cross it.     

As far story line is concern, it goes nearly linear way. The narration shifts between the past and present, nevertheless maintaining a steady pace, and holding the reader’s interest. At the first look the book gives me an impression of adventurous thriller, but it turns out as a lightly philosophical, and a light thriller, though it definitely makes you burn the midnight oil, before you put it down. Malfi beautifully drawn the captivating beauty of Himalaya and the hidden danger of mountaineering on it, makes your pulse rate quite high in some places.  The plot of story remind me Indiana Jones type cinema but the ending did not fulfill my expectation.
In my verdict, it is a quick reading book. The story is little unusual. You may try it once. I can rate it 3 stars out of 5 stars.

 — Reviewed by Soumen Manna 

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