Book Review: The Walk by Richard Paul Evans

Hello Everyone,

Today’s review is on The Walk by Richard Paul Evans.


“My name is Alan Christoffersen. You don’t know me. ‘Just another book in the library,’ my father would say. ‘Unopened and unread.’ You have no idea how far I’ve come or what I’ve lost. More important, you have no idea what I’ve found.” —Prologue

What would you do if you lost everything—your job, your home, and the love of your life—all at the same time? When it happens to Seattle ad executive Alan Christoffersen, he’s tempted by his darkest thoughts. A bottle of pills in his hand and nothing left to live for, he plans to end his misery. Instead, he decides to take a walk. But not any ordinary walk. Taking with him only the barest of essentials, Al leaves behind all that he’s known and heads for the farthest point on his map: Key West, Florida. The people he encounters along the way, and the lessons they share with him, will save his life—and inspire yours.

Richard Paul Evans’s extraordinary New York Times bestsellers have made him one of the world’s most beloved storytellers. A life-changing journey, both physical and spiritual, The Walk is the first of an unforgettable series of books about one man’s search for hope. 

My Thoughts:

(Note: I reread The Walk in January 2022, so the first paragraph is from then).

I had no intention of rereading The Walk, at least not yet. In fact, I forgot that we owned a copy of it. However, throw in a slight reading slump and a bout of the ‘Rona, and I decided I wanted to read something that I knew I would enjoy. And I was not disappointed.

I really enjoyed my reread of The Walk and in some ways it was the perfect book to read after being sick and having picked up a book in a week. It is a melancholy book, but in some ways I enjoyed joining Alan as he recounts the tragedy that led to him to start his walk. One thing I remembered a little to late is the emotional punch the first 100 pages or so packs.

I enjoyed this exploration of grief and one man’s journey learning to live when everything he had to live for has been stripped away.

Even though this is only the first part of his journey, it is still good. I also love the various people he meets along the way.

Overall, this was a great reread. I am still unsure if I will keep rereading the rest of the series, but I know I will have no regrets if I do. To me, this is a timeless story that I often find myself think about. 5/5 Stars.

Happy Reading,

Janelle L. C.


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