There Will Be Stars
by Billy Coffey
In a life full of lies, he finally settled for the truth.”
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 on 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.
This was a very strange book, but it definitely kept my attention all the way to the end. I’m not even sure what all I should say here, because there are so many facets, and I don’t want to give any spoilers away.
It was a bit confusing in the beginning, with all of the characters being introduced, and the way the book flowed, but the more I got into it, the more interested I became, and I had a hard time putting it down at times. That’s always a good thing!
From a Biblical perspective, this obviously isn’t how life and death work, which is pretty obvious to any believer of Christ. However, if you take it from a fantasy/story perspective, it was a very interesting read and it may make people stop to think about the decisions they are currently making, and how they are living their own lives. It may even make some change the way they do things, because it will certainly engage thoughts about the after life.
I will advise that there are some adult themes that run through the book (references to sexual situations, physical abuse, drug and alcohol abuse), that would not be appropriate for anyone other than adults.
I gave this book 4 stars, for the sheer creativity of the writing, and the fact that it actually held my interest all the way through.
If you are looking for a book that is totally different than anything you have read lately, and you don’t mind more of the adult themes (not pornographic, but certainly not appropriate for kids), then I would suggest picking up a copy of There Will Be Stars.
Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and The Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. *Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.