May 31, 2011

40 by Travis Thrasher

Nine months shy of his 40th birthday, freelance music producer Tyler Harrison has started to experience horrific hallucinations. At first, he thinks it's just the stress of his job, but the hallucinations continue until they culminate at the three-day concert in Chicago, Lollapalloza, which he is covering for work. There he is approached by an older man who tells him that he's going to die on his fortieth birthday.

The man claims to be an angel named Matthew, and even though he gives Tyler enough evidence to convince him he's telling the truth, he doesn't know what to do with the information.

Tyler's underlying doubt and confusion about Matthew's prediction turn to anger, both at God and those around him. As he begins to exhibit destructive behavior, he befriends Ellis, an internationally known DJ. Tyler is scared that he really is about to die. He's scared for his sanity. He's scared that if he does die, he's not going to Heaven. He also soon becomes scared of Ellis, who is wild and opens up a door of temptation to Tyler.

As Tyler begins falling in a downward spiral of fear and confusion, he reaches out to a pastor he met, Will, and tries to right his wrongs with some of the important people in his life in a desperate attempt to find peace before his 40th birthday.


The author of twelve works of fiction, Travis Thrasher creates flawed characters and takes them on harrowing journeys of redemption. He and his wife, Sharon, live with their daughter in Chicago, IL. For more information about Travis, visit


It is not very often that I give up on a book, but unfortunately I could not get through this one.  I tried multiple times, and kept on thinking that the story was just too bizarre to go on.  Between flash backs, hallucinations and disturbing visions, it was hard to figure out what was reality in this story.

Tyler Harrison was contacted by an angel and told that he only had nine months to live.  In fact he was told that he was going to die on his fortieth birthday.  The story is about Tyler's choices, his ultimate destiny, and his journey through life and towards eternity.

I have read some reviews on this book and the readers have absolutely loved the story.  It is classified as Christian suspense, but I guess I wasn't quite prepared for the bizarre and often disturbing content.

If you have read the book, I would love to hear your comments.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book courtesy of Hachette Books, in exchange for my honest review.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for an interesting review. Not sure if I want to try this one out either.