Once a God: The Spirit of Miriam by Victor Wilkie (Book Review #130)

This review was kindly requested by the author, Victor Wilkie

“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in that process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.” Nietzsche

This is a fictional story written about a millionaire named Jonah. It’s very intriguing character has a dark past and has grown up enduring hardship. However, his strength and determination have driven him to be very successful by the age of thirty. He strongly believes that everything that happened in his childhood was due to his weakness and that he would never let that happen again.

Jonah gets married and has two sons. He, later on, has a daughter named Lara. Unfortunately, Lara passes away in her sleep, and that is when everything begins to change for Jonah and what is left of his family.

Jonah meets another woman named Miriam, and from the start, she seems to have an unyielding power over him. He is smitten with her, and by being with Miriam, he forgets the piercing feeling of losing his daughter. Although Miriam is acutely aware of Jonah being married, she still pursues him, and this love relationship grows to become one dramatic story.

Everything begins to get really exciting when Jonah is hospitalized, and his mind awakens to a completely different and darker space.

There are several beautiful facts within the story. One, in particular, that strikes the attention is how you adore and love the lead character and then hate and despise him towards the end. The writing and the skill in portraying such strong layered emotions of losing a child and how emotional one clings on to the only shed of light in the hope of gaining happiness back was intensely satisfying. The literature standard was of good quality, and I barely noticed any editing issues, which rarely happens in books nowadays.

I recommend this book to anyone that wishes to read on in-depth human emotions, drama, and plays.

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