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Retro Reading: Audrey Rose by Frank DeFelitta


In high school, I had a history teacher who was known for his belief in reincarnation. Of course everyone thought he was crazy and every now and then he would talk about reincarnation.

The only thing I remember him saying was that in the moments before your birth, your whole life is planned for you. It seems believable.

And over the years I started to wonder if reincarnation could be real. I mean, think about it. Where did that special talent you have come from?

While this novel is a work of fiction, it does bring up questions regarding reincarnation.

Bill and Janice Templeton have the perfect home, marriage and daughter but soon it will all come crashing down around them.

One day when Janice is picking up Ivy from school, she sees a mysterious man amongst the group of other mothers waiting to pick up their children. She finds it odd but doesn’t really think about it.

As Ivy and Janice are walking home, she notices the man following them to their apartment building. Once home she hurries Ivy to their apartment.

Later that night, Ivy begins to have her recurring dreams (something that she hadn’t had in a few years) and when she wakes up tells Janice that she’s not feeling well.

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Janice decides to keep her home from school the next day and Bill decides to take a longer walk to his office. He walks past the school and doesn’t see the mysterious man.

Ivy’s dreams intensify and the man eventually contacts the Templetons.

They agree to meet Elliot Hoover and he tells them the tragic death of his wife and daughter, Audrey Rose. He also believes that Audrey Rose has been reincarnated in the body of Ivy.

As Ivy’s dreams become more violent, Elliot has been able to reach the child and comfort her.

One night during a particularly bad episode, Elliot takes Ivy to his sublet apartment a floor below and is arrested for kidnapping.

During his trial, the Templetons send Ivy to a boarding school where she seems to be adjusting well until she has an accident involving fire.

Against her wishes, Janice objects to Ivy being hypnotized and soon the truth comes out.

The book starts out great, but then begins to lose steam during the trial. It’s too long and drawn out, plus the book relies heavily on narrative.

It is a good read, yet it does get very boring after awhile.

The thought of reincarnation is fascinating and it does make you wonder about life after death.

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