There will be Stars
by: Billy Coffey
Book Description: 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 with him.
Bobby soon discovers that this supposed place of peace is 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 rewiew: There Will Be Stars is a refreshing read, both captivating and thought provoking. In my humble opinion, this interesting book reads like a cross between The Shack (the book) and Groundhog Day (the movie) with many turns along the way giving it a real meat and potatoes kind of feel to it.
And speaking of turn, that's exactly what Bobby Barnes calls the continual loop replaying the events happening in his life, The Turn. He replays the events in his life and his twin sons. The wonderful cast of characters almost feels like you are watching a broadway production of a show - from costume changes to accents in the languages. In addition, the book centers on the 6 other supporting cast members as well, each facing roadblocks or turmoil in their lives. Super well written. I thoroughly enjoyed making a mental image in my head of which actors would play each part - I was that spellbound.
This book definitely is one that makes you think! After reading this book, I'm curious as to the author's sense of writing and his depth of making it come to life so well. I wouldn't call it a page turner or rivesting, and it does lag in parts - but stick with it. It's worth the end.
4/5 stars for me.
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