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.
Over the next week, Cohen’s childhood comes back in living color. The dramatic events that led to his parents’ separation. The accident Cohen witnessed and the traumatic images he couldn’t unsee. 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:
Is he responsible for his father’s death?
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 thoughts and giveaway:
I just read a book by Shawn this spring, The Edge Over There, and loved his unique style and voice. So when I saw the opportunity to read his newest release I didn’t hesitate and I’m so glad I didn’t.
Again, I just love his voice. This is a very different type of book. So many questions from the first page. What was Cohen doing? Why didn’t he go to the police right away? What is holding him back? What is the Beast?
If you only like light reads (which I like them as well) then this isn’t the book for you. But if you like things that are different, a bit darker and mysterious I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book.
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A copy of this book was given to me. All opinions are my own.