Review: These Nameless Things

These Nameless Things


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?

Rating: 4-stars


These Nameless Things by Shawn Smucker is a mysterious tale. It’s dark and edgy. There is a mountain that everyone seems to fear. The reason why is unknown. A stranger pops up and everything is becoming clearer. I still didn’t get it until the ending. The story was well-done. It kept me on the edge wondering until I finally knew the answers. However, it felt like the writer stretched it a bit too long for long. This novel reminds me of the Once Upon a Time TV series. Each character had a role but none of them remembered. Yet little by little some were remembering the details of their lives.

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