Title: These Nameless Things
Author: Shawn Smucker
“It’s my fault he’s not with us. There’s no way around it. How could I let him go back on his own?” Dan guiltily questions himself in Shawn Smucker’s novel, These Nameless Things.
~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-thirty-six-page paperback targets those who like other-world allegories about coming to terms with one’s past and accepting mistakes. The topics of dispair, mental abuse, torture, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The book ends with the author’s note, a chapter from another book by the writer, acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements.
Set in a small village at the base of a mountain, Dan and other survivors who had escaped unspeakable torture must make the decision to return for Dan’s brother or head east for a new life, hopefully free of pain and guilt. When a strange woman arrives from the other side of the mountain and uncovers the residents’ secrets, shame, and lies, Dan must find grace through the memories that haunt him.
~ Why ~
I like that this fiction read shows how the protagnist has to find his inner self while dealing with moral dilemnas. Since it is written in first person, it divulges the raw reality of how guilt eats away at the soul.
~ Why Not ~
Those who do not care for a story that involves torture and abuse may not be interested in this book, but they are only alluded to and not described in detail. Some may not like that it is lightly based on Dante’s Inferno. Those dealing with trusting others as they work through their guilt may find it uncomfortable.
~ Wish ~
I wish the ending was not rushed and had more closure. I found loose ends in some of the characters and how they dealt with their own situations.
~ Want ~
If you enjoy mysterious fiction that is from a dark inner world, this is a good read that may force you to reflect on how you handle the guilt of your past.
Thanks to Revell Reads for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.
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