A suicidal teenage girl and a wealthy man in his mid-80s have one thing in common: they wish to end their lives in ways they’re not meant to end. Father Time, the first man to ever count the hours, has to save them in order to finish his story.
“The Time Keeper” by Mitch Albom starts out by introducing Dor, Sarah Lemon and Victor Delamonte. The story changes its point of view within the chapters between these three characters, showing small parts of their lives to give background to the reader.
Dor, the first man to ever count anything, was given a “blessing” that he sees as a curse. He is Father Time, and he was given the mission to save Sarah, the girl that wants to commit suicide and Victor, the man that wants to cheat death.
The chapters are very short, some being only a page long, and the book is broken up into 11 sections. It’s set up to be an easy read at only 222 pages, but it gets dull and at times becomes very predictable.
The book is meant to get the reader to start thinking about time. It shows that Dor wants time to stop, Sarah wants less time and Victor wants more time. When all three of them finally meet, there’s a cliché eye opening moment for Sarah and Victor after Dor shows them what happens in the future.
Overall, “The Time Keeper” seems like a very interesting concept. However, the lack of character development and the many clichés in the story made the book an uninteresting read.