Stars to Light the Sky
Dennis R Crocker
344 pages, 9798987065709 $24.99 (Hardcover); 9798987065716 $14.99 (Paperback); 9798987065723 $5.99 (Ebook); 9798987065730 $15.99 (Audiobook) 9hr 42min Narrated by Sierra Kline; Library of Congress Control Number: 2022919215
A story about healing, hope, and love—oh, and the person who left her for dead!
Daizon May, a former Special Forces soldier turned actor, saves a woman left for dead on the edge of his rural escape in Maine. Days later, she wakes from a coma, the only clue to her identity, silver earrings with the name Amia etched within a heart.
To secure an upcoming role, Daizon commits himself to a two-month psychiatric wellness program. Hoping to regain her identity, Amia enters the same program, and sparks ignite between them as their minds heal. However, the person who left Amia for dead has plans, too, and they don’t include a happy-ever-after ending.
The mystery behind Daizon and Amia’s meeting looms large within the context of their budding romance, and their story contains all the elements of a compelling thriller. Memories come back to Amia piece by piece with the help of Daizon, their fellow Whole Me program members, and clinical psychologist Dr. Wolf. As each tantalizing puzzle piece clicks back into place for Amia, readers will find it increasingly hard to put the story down. Characterization is strong, dialogue is engaging, the clues are surprising, and the pace is swift.
What Crocker provides to readers is a classic story of a guy and girl falling in love made a few layers deeper by a sensitively handled—and often suspenseful—throughline of trauma and healing. Crocker makes it a point to discuss the hard but realistic journey that sufferers of PTSD must take through Amia’s assault and Daizon’s past in the military and rough parts of childhood. Crocker’s refusal to shy away from the truth of facing trauma humanizes the thriller elements, resulting in a storyline that will keep readers guessing … but also feeling.
Takeaway: Crocker spices a classic thriller with romance and sensitive treatment of trauma.
Great for fans of: Pamela Q. Fernandes’s Find Me in the Snow, Anastasia Zadeik’s Blurred Fates.
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Marketing copy: A