Monday, August 5, 2019

"Light from Distant Stars"

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Book Description from the publisher:

When Cohen Marah steps over his father's body in the basement embalming room of the family's funeral home, he has no idea that he is stepping into a labyrinth of memory.

Over the next week, Cohen's childhood comes back in living color. The dramatic events that led to his parents' separation. The accident Cohen witnessed and the traumatic images he couldn't unsee. And the two children in the forest who became his friends--and enlisted him in a dark and dangerous undertaking. As the lines blur between what was real and what was imaginary, Cohen is faced with the question he's been avoiding: 

Is he responsible for his father's death?

Master story weaver Shawn Smucker relays a tale both eerie and enchanting, one that will have you questioning reality and reaching out for what is true, good, and genuine.

My Review:
This is such an intriguing and thought-provoking book.  Shawn has an amazing talent for really drawing the reader into the story, really making the reader thing about things and leave them still thinking long after the book is done.  Cohen is caught between what is real and what is fantasy and how can he find out the truth, what really happened and is he the one to blame for his father's death.  I found myself wanting to keep reading as I needed answers to what was going on and I needed to find out more about the characters, as details were revealed bit by bit.  This has become my favorite book by Shawn and I am eager to see what he writes next!  

Shawn Smucker is the author of the award-winning young adult novels The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There, as well as the memoir Once We Were Strangers. He lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him online at
*Thanks to the Revell Reads Blogger Program for the complimentary copy of this book.*

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