“Inside it was as I’d left it, hollow and draped in blue-black shadows like oil paintings of bruises. With more courage than I could claim in daylight or sobriety, I peeked over the back of the sofa and found no one there.”
The Grief Frequency by Kealan Patrick Burke is a gripping story of pain, regret, and deliverance. From the first word to the last, I was enthralled. To give you a glimpse into the context of the story, here is the synopsis from Amazon –
After losing his wife in a car accident, a husband struggles with survivor’s guilt. But in the dark, he realizes that the dead are never very far away. Not when there are secrets yet to be uncovered. Because Paul hasn’t lost everything. Not yet. And as he struggles to separate dreams from reality, he is forced to answer the ultimate question: How far would you go to get back those you’ve lost?
Burke is a master with his words; knowing which ones to use to illustrate a point so beautifully that you ultimately relate on a subconscious level. That transcendence of meaning strikes you so divinely that it makes The Grief Frequency all the more poignant.
Paul is a character struck down by the grief of loss; the pain stemming from the fact that he has killed his wife, Caitlyn, in a car accident. You are excruciatingly aware as you are reading that while he recognizes the accident was not directly his fault, he still blames himself and strives to never let go of the pain the guilt envelops him in. Add into the mix his father in law Bill who does nothing but hold him responsible; wanting Paul to feel the depth of his own pain of loss.
“Like codependents, the sorrow and the hangover came hand in hand, sprinkling ground glass into my eyes and kicking at the walls of my skull with no apology.”
This is a story of grief and ultimately forgiveness. It’s touching, sad and brilliantly written. I cannot wait until my next read from Kealan Patrick Burke – I’m sure I won’t be disappointed.
5 out of 5 stars!