23 July 2020

These Nameless Things | Book Review


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?

Publisher: Revell
Release Date: June 30, 2020


In his books, Shawn Smucker tends to share stories that feel rooted in today’s world, but still contain otherworldly elements. I always have high hopes of enjoyment when I start reading one of his books because blurbs easily intrigue me—but in reading These Nameless Things, I came to realize that something about his style just does not work for me, unfortunately.

Near the mountain, Dan dwells among a group as he waits for his brother to escape. The others seem to be waiting as well, but unclear memories make understanding complicated—until those memories begin to come back with more clarity. While their story begins confusingly, it begins to make more sense as the pages pass, everything fitting more together.

Smucker has an intriguing, thought-provoking message to deliver with These Nameless Things, and I can appreciate that. However, his style tends toward “literary fiction,” and recently, I have been accepting that literary fiction and I do not suit. So, while I hoped to enjoy this book more than I did, I still acknowledge that it is a solid read that many readers have enjoyed—and definitely recommend checking it out if it piques your interest (you could love it!).

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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