genre: adult fiction
What if our imaginary friends are more than just imaginary friends? What if once they leave us, they still exist, traveling on to help the next lonely child who needs them? That's the premise of this story. Jane's life as the daughter of a big-time Broadway producer is so loveless that her imaginary friend Michael is the only thing that shines with any warmth or kindness. And when it's time for Michael to leave her (like imaginary friends must), eventually she's supposed to forget all about him.
But she doesn't.
And when years later Jane is STILL lonely and STILL thinking about Michael who made life happy, the unexpected happens: she sees him again.
Since I've never read any Patterson, I didn't know quite what to expect. Honestly? This was too much for me. Too much cheese, too many caricatured characters, even the magical realism of this imaginary friend/angel/lover was just too much for me. It never felt real enough to be believed, like I'd be a sucker if I suspended my disbelief this much. Maybe I've just read enough romantic stories with more depth that this one only skimmed the surface. But at least now I can talk about it at book club, right?