I was a teenager during the Bosianan war. Snippets heard on the evening news from the living room about bombing and the humanitarian crisis that was occurring in the war torn area. But I don’t remember hearing about the human side. The side which haunts people. The side that people aren’t able to forget. What happens to survivors when they aren’t able to forget? This is the narrative that is explored in Restless Souls by Dan Sheehan.

Summary: Three childhood friends are on a journey of self discovery and healing. I can’t provide anymore in the summary without really spoiling the pilot of the story.

What I liked: There are so many elements to this story I liked. In places it was funny and light hearted and I found my self laughing along with Karl, Baz and Tom. There are also other places where Sheehan just rips your heart out. The love and loyalty for Tom and the Baz and Karl shows is heartwarming. I also enjoyed the twist at the end which makes you as a reader think about what you would have done?

What I didn’t like: The beginning was a bit slow for me. The story really didn’t get going until you were about 50ish percent through the book.

Star Rating: 4

My thoughts: I don’t read a lot of books about war or war survivors. Sheehan did a great job at setting up a second point of view in the portions of the Sarajevo narration.

Release Date: April 10th, 2018.

I want to thank Edelweiss and Ig Publishing for providing a review copy of the novel.

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