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A Distant Light proves another superb release from D A Callahan...

Family Drama and Suspense
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  • ASIN: ‎ B0C3SNQVZ7
  • Publication date: ‎ April 26, 2023
  • Language: ‎ English
  • Print length: ‎ 536 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN: ‎ B0C2S22X2W
  • Genre: Family Drama and Suspense Fiction

The BookViral Review:

A novel about family ties and the choices we make, A Distant Light is the new novel by D A Callahan and it proves a genuine treasure of a read. Comfortably managing to avoid the genre’s many saccharin pitfalls it’s a story so sincere that it quickly sneaks past our defences as we enter the markedly different worlds of step sisters Raegan and Payton McAllister.

Like her previous novels, A Full Quiver and When Forever Breaks, this isn’t a disposable novel with a shelf life as short as its reader’s attention span. There’s real craft and ingenuity behind Callahan’s prose as both narratively and stylistically she creates meaningful conflict and believable characters underpinned by the requisite degree of emotional honesty that brings them to life.

We never get the feeling that Raegan and Payton are trapped in the cycle of fake melodrama and brainless coincidences that sadly litter the genre. The plot proves refreshingly unpredictable as Payton finds her armour falling away and we are kept on tenterhooks as she tries to figure out the right direction to take as her relationship with Raegan unexpectedly evolves.

To this end, there is a pervasive sense of menace lurking in the shadows of each chapter as the threat to young Raegan’s life takes on new meaning, but A Distant Life is so much more than its drama. It is also a celebration of uncomplicated human kindness and a reminder that it’s only by addressing loss and grief that we learn to empathise with its pain and begin to heal.

Restraint can be an admirable quality in an author, but rage and despair, when channelled with force and purpose through the right characters, can be equally effective. And with Callahan tapping into both ends of the spectrum she crafts a tale of intergenerational traumas and personal revenge that is emotionally fraught at times yet ultimately a cathartic reading experience.

With a perfectly pitched ending A Distant Light proves another superb release from Callahan and is unreservedly recommended!

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