This is a great book about a man or "Reviver" who can touch a dead person and bring them back to life for a short amount of time to describe how they were murdered to solve crimes. It is very well written and a book you just can't put down.
I love intelligent supernatural fiction, and this book fits the bill. In the future, it is discovered that some people can be brought back from the dead, but only for a few minutes. Only some people have the ability to do so, and those Revivers have to be trained in the proper and ethical ways to perform this practice, the purposes for which include families being able to say goodbye, and homicide investigators being able to question the victim. But Revival turns out to have it's problems. (Understatement). I would love to see a screenplay written from this novel, and premiere as a detective series on TV with a supernatural element.
The story concerns a group of people who have the ability to "revive" people for a short amount of time after their death. The book is more a mystery than a "fantasy" with the writer leading through a compelling "who done it." The plot is original and well developed. If you like fantasy and mystery then you will enjoy this book.
I quite enjoyed the premise and presentation of the main schtick behind this novel. The reviving methodology and system is very nicely handled and feels more science fiction than fantasy, and I appreciated how it was integrated into general forensics. Overall I enjoyed the crime/detective novel style and it sufficed to make this an addictive page-turner. The author also created characters I cared about, and the fact that the revival process is difficult and unpleasant to those invoking it did a good job creating sympathy and tension. Overall I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book more than the last quarter, as the ending didn't quite come together for me. I don't want to give spoilers, but I felt the larger threat didn't quite feel as natural as the rest of the setup, and this undermined the sense of peril moving into the finale. Overall this was a book where I'd have been happy if the revival process was the only supernatural aspect of the story and the rest was pure crime drama and suspense.
Despite this slight beef with the ending, related to the nature of the antagonist(s), this was a very enjoyable read and I found myself staying up late reading and having a hard time putting it down until I was done, which is always a good sign.