The book reviews of UK children's author, Brian Keaney
The Five People You Meet In Heaven remained on the New York Times Bestseller list for 95 weeks and I can easily see why. It's easy to read, the author has an effortless, folksy style that often hits a true note in his description of the life of an inarticulate working-man. But it's a deeply sentimental book and while I'm not averse to a certain amount of sentimentality there's too much of it here and too much facile moralizing. There are moments when this book is nearly very good but those moments are dwarfed by the times when it is too simplistic to provide any real insight into the human condition.