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Booklist - October 15, 2011
Proof of Heaven is a remarkable first novel that explores the
intersections of science and religion, medicine and faith. Hackett
uses a unique blend of scientific terminology and religious history
to illustrate Colm and Cathleenís journey, adding a layer of realism
to an incongruous premise. While Cathleenís maternal trials could
have been amplified to melodramatic extremes, Hackettís lyrical
restraint allows the character to shine. Hackett also takes full
advantage of her supporting characters, allowing Colmís newest
doctor and Cathleenís troubled brother to carry portions of the
narrative. Reminiscent of Carol Cassellaís recent work, this is an
emotionally fulfilling, spiritually inviting, thought-provoking