The Weight of Memory

Revell. Jul. 2021. 368p. ISBN 9780800735319. pap. $15.99. CF
Paul Elias has maybe three months, maybe a few days, to live, and he doesn’t know what to do with Pearl, his ward and granddaughter who is precocious but a bit of a handful. In a spur-of-the moment decision, Paul takes Pearl out of school, and they drive back to Nysa, a remote (fictitious) peninsula community that Paul hasn’t visited since his wife drowned near its shores decades ago. Upon reaching Nysa, Paul is met with hostility rather than the help he needs. Pearl begins having strange visions of a woman with white hair, who asks her to complete dangerous tasks. Paul is reminded of the summer when he met his wife, when a creepy stranger appeared in Nysa and altered the course of multiple lives. Secrets abound in Nysa, and Paul wonders if Pearl’s imagination is actually a window to another realm.
VERDICT Smucker (These Nameless Things) crafts beautiful sentences and haunting characters that immerse readers in a world where anything is possible but not everything is real. Recommended for fans of Ted Dekker or Tosca Lee.
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