The Middle Place by Kealan Ryan

Oh this one left me with a bit of a book hangover, I wasn’t sure what to be doing with myself once I finished. The Middle Place is quite weighted in that whenever I put it down I still felt like I was carrying it around with me.


“One minute Chris had been having a smoke, talking to his wife, and the next minute he was dead, killed with one punch. There’s not a lot about being dead that he likes. He’s stuck in this middle place with the ability to delve into the individual lives he cares about – to know what they are feeling and thinking. He is beginning to realise that in life he wasn’t such a great guy. In death, he can’t say goodbye to his wife, toddler son and friends. He is determined to figure out how to haunt the person who killed him. Chris wants to rise again, to live again. He wants to feel his wife again, feel the air in his lungs, feel the sea again but something won’t let him go.”

It’s not heavy it just gives you so much food for thought. What really happens when we die? Do we really end up like Chris , here but not here, watching everyone go on with their lives, delving back into our pasts merely existing until we can find a way to move forward? I found the whole concept utterly intriguing. I liked that even though Chris is never there amongst everyone alive, we just here from his spirit. we still learn so much about him through what his family and friends have to say.

It can be quite a sad read in parts but it’s also quite funny and you desperately want everyone to be able to heal and be happy and move forward, not really on, I don’t think you can ever forget something like what happened but to be able to move forward and live life. Or in Chris’s case be able to just let go..

A stunningly real thought-provoking depiction of life and death and everything in between. I highly recommend it.

Many thanks to Mercier Press for sending me a copy to read and review, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.

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