Monday, July 27, 2020

Review: These Nameless Things by Shawn Smucker

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Once held captive and tortured on a mysterious mountain, Dan was lucky to have made it out alive. But freedom comes at a cost. Left with little memory of the horrific ordeal, Dan can recall one thing--his escape meant leaving his brother behind.

With each day that passes, Dan waits with the other survivors in hope of his brother's escape. But just as long-forgotten memories start rising to the surface, the sudden appearance of a wounded woman throws everything into question. As Dan struggles to know who to trust, he is caught once again in a paralyzing moral dilemma:

How far will he go to save the people he loves?   

My Thoughts:

Author Smucker writes stories that are out of my usual genre, which usually has to have something to do with romance. But his stories are so different and intriguing that I cannot help but be captured in their pages.

These Nameless Things, even the title is mesmerizing, we are taken on a journey that is almost magical and mythical and certainly imaginative. No there is no magic or anything like that but it was a story that had a deep and resounding message that did speak to my heart. I had a hard time putting the story down as I just wanted to keep reading and see where this journey led the characters and me the reader.

The author states that this story is somewhat based on Dante’s Inferno, which I have not had the privilege to read yet. It also seemed to have hints of Greek mythos and the storytelling was very reminiscent of one of my favorite shows, a long time ago, Lost.  If you are looking for a lyrical read with an almost fairy tale like quality with hard truths to look at, then you will not be disappointed.

I received a copy of this novel from the publisher. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own.

About the Author:

Shawn Smucker is the award-winning author of Light from Distant Stars, the young adult novels The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There, and the memoir Once We Were Strangers. He lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. You can find him online at

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