Title: A Vision of Fire
Author: Gillian Anderson
Category: 29. Read a book about Politics and/or Religion
Date Started: January 5th 2017
Date Finished: January 7th 2017
Ever since I found out that Gillian Anderson had written a book I knew I needed to read it. I’ve loved X-Files since I was 6 and trying to sneak peeks at what my parents were watching in a hotel in Tasmania. They told me I was too young, I was at uni before I got to watch the whole series from start to finish. Nevertheless, I bought and gifted the book to my mother who was also an X-Files fan, she seemed less enthused than I was. Eventually I proceeded to borrow it back from her to read myself. That was probably six months ago and it’s been sitting on my bookshelf ever since.
I think I was a little scared it would turn out to be awful, that I’d make it a chapter in and decide it wasn’t for me. I almost did. But for once I stuck it out and bit longer and I was drawn in. I wanted to know what would happen. It’s possible you might see the other books in the series on the blog before the end of 2017.
Every time I’ve tried to describe this book to someone the first thing I’ve said is ‘it’s weird’. It’s true, there’s a lot about this book that was weird for me. First, it was halfway through the book before I could shake the feeling that something was wrong, reading a book written by Dana Scully (okay, not by her but the actress who played her) a skeptic by all accounts, but here’s Dr. O’Hara who cautiously embraces these slightly supernatural occurrences. Secondly, the main character shares my first name, something I’ve never encountered before. Third, there’s a lot going on and for most of the book I was right there with my namesake thinking maybe I knew what was happening but it was too strange to be true. Fourth, it’s a hard plot to explain without giving too much away, my favourite parts about it are the ones I won’t share here for fear of spoiling those of you who haven’t read the book.
What I will tell you is that the book centers around a psychiatrist named Dr. Caitlin O’Hara who is drawn into the mystery of the Indian ambassador’s daughter’s illness. The daughter is Maanik who begins acting strange after an assassination attempt on her father, Caitlin is called by the Ambassador’s translator who happens to be her close friend. Unfortunately for Maanik the Ambassador is amidst difficult negotiations with Pakistan and India over a place called Kashmir and does not want to jeopardise them by sending Maanik to a hospital.
In Haiti another woman experiences a similar episode, and a young man in Iran. Caitlin is sure that the three fit together somehow. And what about the viral video of the rats swarming the monument, maybe that’s connected too. And what about that strange artifact that was mentioned in the prologue and the man who was trying to steal it, surely that’s important somehow?
You might be wondering why politics and religion when this book could clearly fit in one of many categories. While not the major character in the book the Ambassador’s negotiations are a major theme within the book, as are the spiritual threads that Caitlin begins to uncover Hindu and Buddhist mostly but there are also links to Vodou.
This isn’t the type of book I would normally read in the sense that I rarely get pulled in by either politics or religion but what I do love is a good mystery. Would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes mystery or paranormal or even history. And I’m definitely looking forward to the next books.