Goodreads Synopsis: No one in Mattingly ever believed Bobby Barnes would live to see old age. Drink would either rot Bobby from the inside out or dull his senses just enough to send his truck off the mountain on one of his nightly rides. Although Bobby believes such an end possible—and even likely—it doesn’t stop him from taking his twin sons Matthew and Mark into the mountains one Saturday night. A sharp curve, blinding headlights, metal on metal, his sons’ screams. Bobby’s final thought as he sinks into blackness is a curious one—there will be stars.
Yet it is not death that greets him beyond the veil. Instead, he returns to the day he has just lived and finds he is not alone in this strange new world. Six others are trapped there with him.
Bobby soon discovers that rather than the place of peace he had been led to believe he was in, it’s actually a place of secrets and hidden dangers. Along with three others, he seeks to escape, even as the world around him begins to crumble. The escape will lead some to greater life, others to endless death . . . and Bobby Barnes to understand the deepest nature of love.
My Thoughts: I wasn’t sure if I would like this book because the plot seemed a bit “out there”…the parallel world or alternate heaven story line isn’t something I’ve read much about and haven’t had much interest in. But this book was impossible for me to put down. This was a very deep story that delves into the choices we make and the effects of those choices.
This book was packed with twists and turns, I never knew what to expect with each turn of the page. The story was very unpredictable, but in a good way. The characters were richly developed. I really felt like I knew each person in the book. They each had their own issues…they were gritty, very flawed, and dimensional.
The author is very gifted at story telling…while reading this book, I was in the town of Mattingly, walking beside Bobby, Dorothea, George, and all the other characters. I will definitely be picking up more of his books in the future.
The plot is very clever and thought provoking and the pacing was great. I flew through this nearly 400 page book in 2 days which is very rare for me.
Overall, this was a very unique story that kept me interested from the first page to the last. I would highly recommend it!
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