A review of “The Third Angel” by our staff librarian, Joan McInnis.
What a magical spell Alice Hoffman has created in “The Third Angel.”
The reader, is quickly caught up in the lives of two sisters reuniting for the London marriage of the older, Allie. The hotel setting, once the residence of their mother during a London visit years before, foretells happenings that are out of the ordinary.
Maddy chose the hotel just because her mother had shared fond memories of the place, but she is awakened the very first night by a shouting match in the hall outside her room. When she inquires about it, she learns that the room opposite hers was unoccupied and the altercation was a ghostly event occurring nightly.
The other-worldly spell of the room is intensified by the events surrounding the wedding and the fate of the groom to whom both sisters are drawn. In the ensuing chapters Hoffman takes you back to earlier years and
introduces characters who put in motion the events that led to the ghostly happenings.
The author spins out the threads that link the present and past together, and the reader is left astonished and marveling at the tale she has told.
Oh, and as far as the third angel, Hoffman tells us that there is an Angel of Death, an Angel of Life and the third Angel who strides along with us …”he’s there to show us who we are. Human beings aren’t gods. We make mistakes.”