The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom
It’s a while since I read any of Mitch Albom’s books and I thought I’d give The Stranger in the Lifeboat a try. A very expensive “executive” craft has sunk. Nine people are still afloat 3 days later on a lifeboat having seen no one else. They see a man in the water and manage to get him onto the lifeboat. He says that he can save them if they all believe in him as he is the Lord. That gives you pause for thought doesn’t it! In part this story is told by one of the people on the lifeboat who is writing a journal. There are two threads in this story. One is from a policeman on land who has been taken to see what might be the lifeboat concerned and the other is the media via their interest in the story.
It didn’t take me long to get into this book and after that I was caught up in the story however odd it may seem. It is not a long read and is crisply written. From time to time I found myself wondering just where this might be going. Some of the threads seemed rather odd in the circumstances. That said I had some thoughts quite early on about a possible outcome and wasn’t far off the truth I guess. It’s one of those books where it would be a shame to reveal more.
In some senses this, and other books from Albom, are probably rather odd to some believers and unbelievers. Within that caveat I found this a convincing story I guess. Was it an enjoyable read – yes. Was it thought provoking – maybe. I would certainly read another by this author in the future and fans of his will be very pleased by The Stranger in the Lifeboat I think.
Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review