Title: Sky Full of Mysteries
Author: Rick R. Reed
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 14, 2018
Genre(s): SciFi Romance
Page Count: 220
Reviewed by: LenaR
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
What if your first love was abducted and presumed dead—but returned twenty years later?
That’s the dilemma Cole Weston faces. Now happily married to Tommy D’Amico, he’s suddenly thrown into a surreal world when his first love, Rory Schneidmiller, unexpectedly reappears.
Where has Rory been all this time? What happened to him two decades ago, when a strange mass appeared in the night sky and lifted him into the heavens? Rory has no memory of those years. For him, it’s as though only a day or two has passed.
Rory still loves Cole with the passion unique to young first love. Cole has never forgotten Rory, yet Tommy has been his rock, by his side since Rory disappeared.
Cole is forced to choose between an idealized and passionate first love and the comfort of a long-term marriage. How can he decide? Who faces this kind of quandary, anyway? The answers might lie among the stars…
I would hardly classify Sky Full of Mysteries as a science fiction novel. Yes, there is a science fiction aspect in it – the disappearance of Rory refers to to an extraterrestrial – but basically it doesn’t matter who and why kidnapped him.
Actually he could fall into coma and awake from it twenty years later, or he could just lose his memory or have another life in the other city or somewhere in a far away country, it doesn’t matter.
What matters is: what do you do when the love of your life suddenly and without any traces disappeared, without leaving a message, and you have to live with this burden not knowing what really happened to the person you planed to spend your life with, and who, no doubts, loved you unconditionally back?
Where can we take strength for moving on? How to stay whole when seemingly a full and happy life from one moment to another breaks apart?
There are questions this novel raises. But the most important question for me comes at the very end: How to make the right decision when the fateful moment one is longing for comes?
I am surprised to find out that many readers wished the different outcome. I might have many other complaints, but the ending is for sure not among them. Had Cole had made another choice, I would have smashed my kindle against the wall, I swear. With this ending at least nothing has been damaged.
All in all, an entertaining read that doesn’t answer all your questions and raises a lot of new ones. Sky full of Questions.
This book is not bad written, but I found the story a bit superficial and the characters lack the charisma. They all are nice persons, but I failed to build a close connection to any of them. But I think that I simply doesn’t belong to a target audience for Rick R. Reed works.