Following a near-fatal flying accident, Dudley Chalk is placed in a medically-induced coma. Before being taken to hospital, while still lying broken and tangled in the material of the paraglider he so recently failed to fly, another version of Dudley appears. The new version of Dudley watches dispassionately the scene unfolding before him, then enters a world of his own. As one Dudley is taken to hospital, the other finds himself standing in a place called Arlingberry Forest. And so begins the Midlife of Dudley Chalk. He now exists as two versions of himself—one a man close to death in a hospital bed, and the other a fledgeling Private Investigator, looking for a missing person in the depths of a forest where crimes have been committed over the centuries, where ghosts and UFOs are frequently seen, where other lives come back to haunt him. Arlingberry is a place like no other. Dudley's first attempt to fly nearly killed him. Dudley's first attempt to find a missing person proves to be as life-altering, but in a very different way. Both worlds are linked, aided by the healing hands of an eternal spirit called Kathleen Morrison, and by the ancient paths that track their way through Arlingberry Forest...
So, the beggining of this book was very confusing for me, I didn't really understand what was going on but, as the book progressed and the plot came together it became clear what was happening and I began to really enjoy it.
This book isn't a genre I would usually delve in, but lately I've been wanting a bit of a change and I've been checking out different types of genres, from the YA I usually stick to. Of course I have read mystery/crime type books in the past - growing up in a house of lovers of the great Agatha Christie doesn't allow not reading the books! But I found that I did enjoy it - even though it did take me a while to get through.
This was quite a challenging read, but maybe that's just due to my age; I would definitely say it's more for an older audience or for people who are up for a challenge and who don't mind it being slow paced.
It was a light read but definitely memorable, I especially enjoyed some of the philosophical ideas that Peter James Lamb touched on, like when he mentioned that time is nothing - 'there is only before 11pm and after 11pm' and such like that, it really made me think as a reader and challenged my thoughts.
So, overall I did enjoy it even though I wasn't really the audience it was aimed at and I would definitely reccomend it to people interested in this genre - it was written well, the plot was well thought out and it was most definitely interesting.