There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffee (review by Cathy)

There Wll Be Stars

 

About the book:

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’ll admit that I was a bit confused when I started reading this book. After I read a couple of chapters, I was fully immersed in the story of Bobby Barnes. He’s a man that’s lost so much in life, at times losing himself in his pain and drinking. Along his journey, he encounters people facing difficulties and loss in their own world. My heart ached for Laura Beth’s situation and her fragile nature.

There are several strong characters that Mr. Coffey created in this novel and each has their own story of pain and suffering. The author refers to passages as the “Turn” and each Turn is fascinating and thought provoking.

This book will take you on a journey with many twists and turns. I am very glad that I took this journey. As much as I loved this story as an older reader, the subject matter and some of the situations discussed are not suitable for younger readers.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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