Nearly all of us have lost someone that we loved deeply. Many of us have wondered what happens to the souls of those who leave this earth. Where do they go, what do they do? In The Barn Dance, James Twyman depicts the journey of a soul he loved and lost in a beautiful and vivid way. And in doing so, he also tries to answer the one question that many of us ponder: can we communicate with these souls that have moved on to another world?

James and Linda Twyman were divorced, but James had never given up on her. He had tried, over the years, to win her back, but Linda was too deeply wounded the first time around. Then, one night, while standing alone on her apartment balcony, she started to realize that she missed him too and considered re-opening her heart to him.

On that fateful night of November 27, 2005, two men broke in to Linda Twyman’s apartment in Evanston, Illinois and violently stabbed her to death. After the funeral, James and his daughter, along with a friend of hers, were driving through Oregon and nearly had an accident along a cliff that is known to the locals as “Suicide Alley.” Three and a half years after Linda’s brutal attack and funeral, James has dreams and visions that lead him back to the cliff to find answers and eventually to a barn in the backwoods of Nevada.

On occasion a book comes along that we find hard to put down. The Barn Dance was one of those books. From the very beginning, I connected with the characters  and immediately feel a compulsion to want to know what happened to them. Although this book was meant to be written as a memoir, and even though the events described are true, I had a hard time reading it as a memoir. It read more like a gripping fictional account that made me want to keep turning the pages.

Rating: 4/5

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