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Reviewed by Ankita Shukla for Readers' Favorite
Michael Richards' years of medical wisdom could not make sense of what his eight-year-old daughter, Sarah, was saying. At the same time, the father in him wanted to believe her, especially when her claim to see darkness and light inside certain people matched with their actions. He could not discount the possibility of truth in her visions. First, she screamed at the sight of a dark man who she believed wanted to hurt her. Next, she claimed that she could see dozens of bright people gathered outside their house. Then, she began telling Michael that there was a hole inside some people. He figured these hallucinations could be an indication of a health issue. But, when she insisted that these dark shadows intended to hurt Sofie, the youngest daughter, fear gripped Michael. Brightness by Rob Horner follows the Richards family as they try to make sense of these bizarre events.
The first book in The Richards Saga, Brightness by Rob Horner shows a lot of promise. He includes his medical knowledge through his characters, which adds to their allure. For the most part, I do not understand medical jargon; however, Rob Horner's way of incorporating it into the story fascinated me. The tug of war between a father's dilemma and a medical professional's logic is another captivating aspect of Brightness. The author has very skillfully established Michael's love for his daughters. Because of that, I found myself hoping for their safety and welfare. This emotional connection occurred right from the beginning. As the story progressed, the plot became even more enigmatic. Innocent remarks by Sarah and amusing pronunciations by Sofie were quite entertaining. Brightness by Rob Horner is a riveting tale of an incredible phenomenon.