These Nameless Things by Shaun Smucker: Book Review with Revell Reads
About the book:
Title: These Nameless Things
Author: Shawn Smucker
Release Date: June 20, 2020
Genre: Magical Realism
Before Dan opened his door to find a wounded woman who had escaped from the tormentors in the mountain, his life had become rather quiet. He and the eight other people in the mostly abandoned town had become friends. They spent peaceful evenings around the campfire and even made vague plans to journey east one day and leave the ominous mountain behind.
But the woman’s arrival changes everything.
Who is she? How does she know so much about Dan’s brother, who is still held captive in the mountain? Why are long-forgotten memories rising to the surface? And why does Dan feel so compelled to keep her presence in his house a secret?
Visionary writer Shawn Smucker is back with an unsettling story that invites us to consider two challenging questions: To what lengths will we go to assuage our own guilt? and Is there a limit to the things we will do for the people we love?
What are these nameless things? They are the things you believe about yourself. The lies and the guilt that hold you back from being who God made you to be.
When I first started reading These Nameless Things I was immediately drawn into this web of intrigue. I don’t remember ever reading Dante’s Inferno, but Shawn Smucker’s story felt so familiar and intimate, as though I’d been there before. I still haven’t figured that bit out. Maybe I simply came across These Nameless Things at the perfect time when I needed it most.
I connected with Dan right away. He’s waiting. Waiting for his brother. For something to draw him, for memories to tell him where he belongs.
There are a lot of things I can’t say for fear of spoiling the story for you, but I will say that when I reached the end of the book and the lightbulbs went off as all the pieces clicked together, I had a major wow moment and wanted to jump right back to the beginning and read it all over again.
I requested a copy of this book from Revell Reads. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.