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7.26.2020

These Nameless Things ~ Review

These Nameless Things
By Shawn Smucker

Dan is waiting for the brother he left behind. Adam went back while he and the others escaped the torture and captivity that they had existed in on the mountain. Now those that have not continued on, live in the shadow of the mountain. Life is simple and uncluttered but their memories of before are just not there.

But everything is about to change when a stranger stumbles out of the edges of the mountain. Memories start to awaken among the survivors and Dan is troubled with what he knows and what he is remembering. But Dan isn't the only one who has started to remember and the memories all seem to have a person in common.

These Nameless Things is a book that makes you stop and take notice. There is an underlying spiritual thread throughout that the reader follows to the end. I had suspicions as to where this was headed but that in no way detracted from the reading experience.

This is the fourth book I've read by Shawn Smucker and I have yet to be disappointed in what he has put forth. All his books have been in the Speculative Fiction genre and well worth reading. This one focuses on guilt and forgiveness. What will one do to protect the ones one loves? And what of the consequences? These are matters most people will face, These Nameless Things presented all of these in a way that captured and held this reader's attention from the first page until the end. 

If you like Ted Dekker or James L. Rubart you will most likely enjoy These Nameless Things.

I was provided a complimentary copy of this book with no expectations. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

About the Book:
Dan escaped captivity from the mountain long ago but believes his brother is still there and waits, each day in a nearby town, for his escape. What Dan doesn't realize is that the rest of the townspeople are also waiting--but for reasons he never imagined.
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?

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