The Shack by Wm. Paul Young
Mack takes his children on a trip into the woods. While rescuing his son from an upturned canoe, Mack's daughter Missy is seemingly murdered. After following a clue, her bloodied dress is found in a crumbling shack in the woods. Mack carries the pain and guilt of her murder for years, known as The Great Sadness, which plays havoc on the rest of the family as well.
Years later when checking the mail, Mack receives a mysterious letter from "Papa" asking him to meet him at The Shack for the weekend. Papa is Mack's wife's name for God. With is wife going out of town for the weekend with the children, Mack reluctantly returns to The Shack. The remainder of the book are his encounters there. (I'm trying for no spoiler alerts here)
A friend of mine has been telling me to read this book for months. After giving me a copy, after the holidays I had no excuses but to read it.
What I liked
I liked how Mack's pain was shown throughout the book and I always felt that I could tell what he was feeling. I liked the suspense leading up to his arrival at The Shack. I also liked how the story was tied in at the end and left to the reader to come up with his/her own conclusions of the story.
What I didn't like
If this book is read as FICTION, it is a very entertaining story and has some good lessons wrapped into it. If it is read as Biblical truth, some events at The Shack can be disturbing. If you read this as a Christian, as I am, this is just a warning to keep an open mind.