Lightpoints by Peter Kassan



My rating:  4  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

What if you suddenly discovered you had a sense-and powers-that almost no one else in the world did? When Amanda Lindner Nichols, a 24-year-old graphic artist living with her husband in Queens, New York, is revived from a near-death experience, she discovers she perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it. With the help of others like her, she brings her husband Chris to the brink of death and back to bestow on him the same remarkable faculty, and they’re the happiest they’ve been. But not for long. All over the world, people who’ve been revived from their own near-death experience at just the right moment discover themselves with these same unusual powers. They find ways to use them-some for good and some for evil. When Amanda and Chris encounter a ruthless group of gangsters with the same faculty, tragedy follows-and Amanda faces the greatest challenge of her life.


My Opinion

The book introduces you to its protagonist, Amanda Nichols, a 24-year-old graphics artist. On her way home, in Grand Central Station, she is stabbed. After being revived, her life is different. She registers all persons’ light points – even of those who are several blocks away. This perception is exhausting, rather a curse than a blessing. She meets others who – like her – had a near-death experience. She learns that the sense is not always used for the good cause. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.

With Lightpoints, Peter Kassan has created a fantasy novel with a certain thrill. Lightpoints is written in a unique style, sometimes even raising philosophical questions. The characters are believable. Well done, Peter!

This is a book to read again. I would really like to read more stories about Amanda.


About the author

Peter Kassan has been a writer since he was a teenager, when he became devoted to poetry. A couple of his poems were published in literary journals and one in Seventeen Magazine.

He earned a living with different kinds of writing, including technical writing (software manuals) and educational writing (instructional workbooks and audiotapes).

Lightpoints is a novel based on an idea he had had in his twenties.

Peter Kassan and his wife live in Connecticut.



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Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Lightpoints?  Or – if you did not yet read Lightpoints – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Lightpoints was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂




10 thoughts on “Lightpoints by Peter Kassan

  1. What a unique concept… though there are certainly tens of thousands of books about people waking up from NDEs, this one has a certain ring to it. I can tell already why you liked it, Karen. 😉

    • This is really unique. NDEs and OBEs – there is so much out there. Lightpoints obviously describes some of them, Peter Kassan focuses on the ‘sense’, though. It is a great stand-alone – I wouldn’t mind a sequel in the least, Topaz. 🙂

  2. I’d go JJ Abrahms maybe? He did Lost and had a hand on that TV show Flash Forward (I think that’s what it was called) which sounds similar. Nice review Karen

    • Thank you very much, Tom. 🙂
      JJ Abrams sounds good, Tom.
      I also like Jack’s suggestion regarding M. Night Shyamalan.
      This story should be filmed.

  3. This sound interesting, Karen. If I were to pick a director, I’d pick M. Night Shyamalan. I remember The Sixth Sense and thought Lightpoints would be so could if he’d direct it. He had the perfect amount of tension and mystery in his story. I also think this is a great concept that a big-name director ought to film with big stars!

    • M. Night Shyamalan is a great choice, Jack. The Sixth Sense and The Village were great. Lightpoints certainly has the potential to become an awesome film. This director would know how to handle the story well.
      The protagonist, Amanda, has women who wow potential. Therefore I hope that this book will be filmed. I would love to read what you have to say about Amanda.

  4. I have no answers to your questions, Karen but reading your critique made me realize how some people have such vivid imaginations.
    “She perceives everyone around her as points of light-but not with her eyes. She soon learns she can not only perceive the life energy of others, but she can give and take it.”
    I find this an incredible tribute to mankind’s creative abilities.
    Thanks for this post. 🙂

    • Thank you, Carol. 🙂
      In this case, this vivid imagination has led to a story that makes you want to read without interruptions. Once I really understood Amanda, I had to know what was going to happen next.
      I wouldn’t mind reading a sequel or two. This story provides some food for thought.

      • Lately, I’ve been thinking about what makes me care about a character. There are some books which I read which I leave because i don’t care about them. So, caring about a character is an important factor in reading and in writing. As writers we want our readers to care about our characters. The BIG question is how do we do that. What makes us care?

      • We care about characters if they are believable. We certainly do not only care about the nice ones. It is not necessarily about depth. A certain degree of knowledge about a character is a must. Everything else develops within the reader’s imagination.
        If the writer believes in his characters, the readers will do so as well.

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