Book Review “The Uncommitted” by Margaret M. Goss

From Goodreads:

Josephine Reilly is a typical young mother, striving to do what is best for her family in the suburbs of St. Paul, Minnesota. Declan, her ambitious and talented husband, has a thriving career as a corporate lawyer. On the surface, life could not appear more perfect.

Yet, Josie has an unrealized gift, one that has haunted her since the drowning death of a childhood friend. Josie is a messenger, as was her mother and grandmother before her, carrying messages from the dead to the living through dreams, visions and telepathy. For years, Josie suppresses her gift but when mother dies, she is unable to ignore it any longer.

Upon exploring her ability, she finds she’s underestimated the dangers in channeling the dead when those she loves become targets of an invisible evil. Her sanity comes into question and she’s at risk of losing everything she holds dear. Then fate places Dr. Andrew Chase in Josie’s path, a healer of supernatural capabilities. Only he hasn’t come to prevent her fall . . .

The Uncommitted is a compelling tale of the spiritual struggle within us and of the realities beyond our physical sight.

The premise of this book is really intriguing. The paranormal realm has fascinated and captivated people for a long time. There are millions of people who subscribe to some sort of belief in an afterlife and the paranormal realm. Personally, I don’t. The idea of it is definitively something that stirs my imagination, but that is as far as it goes.

Josie grew up with a very superstitious mother. Being a devout catholic, Josie’s mother raised her children to believe in spirits, angels, demons and otherworldly beings who interact in daily life. As a child, Josie can read people’s aura’s and determine their intent. 

As she gets older this ability is suppressed and eventually disappears. When her mother is very ill and dying, she reveals to Josie that she has a supernatural gift to speak to the dead. She tells Josie that this ability will now pass to her.

Talk about a strange revelation.

The rest of the book is about Josie discovering and flexing this ability and the consequence’s of doing such.

The idea for the story here is good. 

Here’s where things go awry for me as the reader.

There is entirely too much introspection. There are pages and pages of Josie over analyzing every single thing that happens. There are pages and pages of Josie berating herself for having this ability.  Not only that, but her husband is a real ass. He is controlling and in my opinion….abusive. The behavior that Josie exhibits is meek and fragile. She acts just like someone who is being abused. 

This is a problem for me. The issue there doesn’t get a great resolution. Sure, he says he’s sorry. But, he forced her into a mental hospital when she tried to speak to her priest about her paranormal abilities. He verbally attacked her. Her husband seems to care nothing for his wife’s problem. He hounds on his reputation and worries more about that than his obviously terrified wife. A simple “I’m Sorry” is not enough to fix that in my opinion.

In the end of the book it seems Josie is no longer hearing the dead. But, her children had previously heard the dead too. We get no resolution to that side of the equation. Do the kids still hear the dead?

The premise of the story is good. The writing is good. It could be great. The Cover is awesome though.

Considering these issue’s I’m granting this book 3 stars.


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“The Uncommitted”



The Technical Data:

Title: The Uncommitted | Author(s): Margaret M. Goss |Publisher: Three Towers Press / Publication Date: 9-30-2015 | Pages: 358 (Kindle) |ISBN:  B0161V9CPU|Genre(s): Christian Fiction |Language: English |Rating: 3 out of 5 |  Date Read: 12-16-2015 |Source: Copy From Author







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