Raychel has a problem and an interesting dilemma. First, she's dead. And it's problem because everything she's been told the afterlife would be isn't quite living up to expectations. There's a choice to be made while staying at an inn in Purgatory, one that will decide where she'll spend her eternity. Will she choose to go to Heaven or Hell? To help her make up her mind--because the Powers That Be don't like mistakes--she's given two 7-day passes to spend upstairs and downstairs. Then, once her visits are complete, she'll be in a better frame of mind to decide her fate. Or will she?
My eyes were glued to the pages during Raychel's journey, mostly because I started to panic wondering what it would be like if Heaven actually was how it's portrayed in the story. Hell isn't much better and the strength of Diana Kathryn Plopa's Free Will is in making us uncomfortable by presenting readers with a perfectly valid "what if..." tale.
No spoilers here how it ends or what decision is made. There's a whole lot of imagination that went into Free Will and it shows. I actually wanted more and when I say that, I mean there were whole days spent in Hell that went unaccounted for. Many questions were raised, possibilities offered (the opportunity to look people up and talk to them), etc. that I wish had been explored more during the time that wasn't mentioned. It may have been an editing decision to keep the book down to a certain length. I don't know. What was felt to be missing was noticeable, though. Again, not a bad thing since it's better than wishing a story would end. As a reader, I wanted more.
Perhaps DKP will visit this world she's created again, only through the eyes of another newbie. It's certainly a fertile place for stories.