• Alexis Newlin

Book Review: Light From Distant Stars

Updated: Sep 1, 2019

Hi Friends!


This month's review is a fiction piece, Light from Distant Stars by Shawn Smucker.


Shawn, you've got yourself a new follower. Your book was beyond fun to read.




Heads up: I receive these books each month for free in exchange for my honest review. I receiver no other compensation other than the chance to read new books...which I LOVE!


About the Author: Shawn Smucker is known for the young adult novels: The Day the Angels Fell and The Edge of Over There. He's also written, Once We Were Strangers, which is a memoir. He currently lives with his wife and six children in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.


About the book: When Cohen Marah steps over his father’s body in the basement embalming room of the family’s funeral home, he has no idea that he is stepping into a labyrinth of memory. As the last one to see his father, Cohen is the primary suspect.

Over the next week, Cohen’s childhood memories come back in living color. The dramatic events that led to his father being asked to leave his pastoral position. The game of baseball that somehow kept them together. And the two children in the forest who became his friends–and enlisted him in a dark and dangerous undertaking. As the lines blur between what was real and what was imaginary, Cohen is faced with the question he’s been avoiding: Did he kill his father?


In Light from Distant Stars, master story weaver Shawn Smucker relays a tale both eerie and enchanting, one that will have you questioning reality and reaching out for what is true, good, and genuine.


My Review: I loved reading a Light from Distant Stars. It's a page-turner that is difficult to put down and I was genuinely disappointed when it ended. The ending left me with so many questions- which is what I disliked about the book- yet left me satisfied that the main character had gotten closure from the many questions and feelings he had regarding his relationship with his father.

As Cohen's father is dying, he takes the week to reflect on his relationship with his father. The author makes it easy to relate to what the main character is feeling. It made me think about my own relationship with my parents, the good and the bad, and how in the end, everyone is really trying to do the best they can.

This book covers many topics that are difficult. Shawn covers such dark topics in a clean and careful way without taking away from mystery-suspense aspect of the book.

There were so many twists and turns in this book, several that I didn't see coming, which made this book very difficult to put down. It was very suspenseful as well, and Shawn's writing style almost has a Steven King-esque feel to it.


I really enjoyed reading this book and plan to check out more of Shawn's work. If you're looking for some clean mystery and suspense, check out more of Shawn's work at http://shawnsmucker.com

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