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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

#REVIEW: There Will Be Stars by Billy Coffey

Title: There Will Be Stars
Author: Billy Coffey
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published Date: May 3, 2016
ISBN: 978-0718026820
Genre: Fiction
Buy It Link: Amazon
Synopsis:
“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 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 Rating: 3 1/2 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This had to be one of the strangest books I have read. Bobby is a typical alcoholic, never thinking he really has a problem, just kind of stumbling through life without realizing how much he is hurting himself and others. How the heck an obvious alcoholic man with no visible means of income can possibly keep his kids with him, I'm still scratching my head over that one. Either way, driving drunk ends up killing him and his twin boys on a mountain, and that's just the first chapter. Now he finds himself "re-living" the day of his death over and over again with 6 other people stuck in the same day.
The story gets progressively darker and darker until I really wanted to put it down, and yet, I needed to know what would happen. It was like seeing a train wreck over and over again and yet hoping that it would turn out differently every single time.
It took until the very last chapter for the book to redeem itself, and that's the only reason why I am so glad I decided to slog through the darkness and violence to finish it.

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