Several horror tropes are stirred together in Shawn Smucker’s debut novel, The Day the Angels Fell. The resulting brew is as frightening as that created by the Three Witches in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and equaling spellbinding. Twelve-year-old Samuel Chambers is forced to answer questions that would test the strength and character of older adults. Yet while the novel deals with difficult moral and ethical struggles, it is at no time preachy. The plot is suspenseful, well thought out, and surprising.
The Day the Angels Fell reminded me of some of Stephen King’s early works. While the former isn’t a horror story, it does have frightening moments.
Three out of Five stars.
I received a complimentary copy of The Day the Angels Fell from netgalley.com.
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Revell (September 5, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800728491
- ISBN-13: 978-0800728496