Official Review: Nobody Knows by Larry Schneiderman

Please use this sub-forum to discuss any fiction books or series that do not fit into one of the other categories. If the fiction book fits into one the other categories, please use that category instead.
Forum rules
While in the forum's younger and less active days this used to be the one and only forum for "reviews and discussions about specific books", this is now just the subforum "other fiction" in a more well-organized "reviews and discussions about specific books" section with subforums for each genre. Check it out! :) Remember, the forums in the reviews section (including this forum) are for posting about a single book or series in topic, and the topic title should include the book's title. If you are creating a new topic, please try to post it in one of the other genres rather than posting it here in the "other fiction" section. This is only for books that do not fit in any of the other genre categories we have listed.
Post Reply
User avatar
Posts: 329
Joined: 01 Mar 2018, 09:49
2018 Reading Goal: 0
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 0
2017 Reading Goal: 0
Currently Reading: Winning the War on Cancer
Bookshelf Size: 96
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Me and Mario by Carol Gino

Official Review: Nobody Knows by Larry Schneiderman

Post by KRay93 » 16 May 2018, 13:27

[Following is an official review of "Nobody Knows" by Larry Schneiderman.]
Book Cover
4 out of 4 stars
Share This Review

Nobody Knows by Larry Schneiderman is a family drama/religious novel that tells the story of Jake Horton. He is a relatively ambitious man and a natural leader who must face, like most of us, the daily problems of life. From the conflicts within his innermost circle to the temptations that put his status quo at risk, Jake must overcome his family inheritance of missteps and lies to get ahead and find redemption.

The story is divided into two parts, the first of which contains a quick summary of his childhood and his working-class family background. Then, the story begins to focus on his college days and his first steps in the labor sphere, which will lead him to Sommer's Carpet and Tile, a company he will come to acquire. The second part jumps to his forties, a stage in which all of his achievements will be endangered by the mistakes he has made throughout his life. But his wife's illness and a divine call will provide him with one last chance to reconcile with himself and his faith.

The book is written entirely from Jake’s point of view. His conflict between his faith and his sins is one of the central axes of this story, and the author does a great job when it comes to exposing it and generating empathy in the reader. Despite the exclusive focus on the protagonist, the vast majority of secondary characters are very well developed. Their stories, their conflicts, and their actions contribute to an excellent characterization work, and the reader may come to feel that they are part of its own family or its circle of friends.

Although the book has an above-the-average extension, the plot proves interesting at all times. The conflicts that the protagonist goes through are constant and surprising. Whenever there is some stability in Jake’s life, a new problem arises, and an apparent solution to a conflict ends up generating a new one. While some issues of his working life can be somewhat dense, especially in the second part, each event has its purpose and ends up influencing the final outcome.

The prose of the book is very fluid, the emotions and thoughts of the protagonist exposed in each sentence and word. The depth of its meaning is able to lead the reader to reflect on its own experiences, its own mistakes, and even its own perception of its faith. Additionally, the editing work is practically impeccable. There are no typos or grammatical errors of any kind, just a couple of minimal formatting issues.

Frankly, this book has taken me by surprise. Although the premise already seemed attractive to me, I found myself more immersed than I expected in Jake's story. Out of some moments of the second half, I was anxious to leave every page behind so I could get to the end. I do not see any reason not to give it any less than 4 out of 4 stars. I recommend it to readers looking for compelling life stories, to those who seek conflicts of faith in their texts, and to those who seek to reflect on the events of their own lives.

Nobody Knows
View: on Bookshelves | on Amazon

Like KRay93's review? Post a comment saying so!

User avatar
Special Discussion Leader
Posts: 6750
Joined: 31 Dec 2016, 20:31
2019 Reading Goal: 95
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 8
2018 Reading Goal: 115
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 94
2017 Reading Goal: 100
2017 Reading Goal Completion: 94
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 243
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Memory Walker by Carly Marino

Post by kandscreeley » 18 May 2018, 08:16

I've seen this one as book of the day a couple of times. It really dose sound interesting, and I think all of us have some kind of a crisis between our sins and faith. Though, it's probably not the same as the protagonist. Thanks for your review. It sounds interesting.
“There is no friend as loyal as a book.”
― Ernest Hemingway

User avatar
Posts: 596
Joined: 02 Apr 2018, 10:51
2019 Reading Goal: 120
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 1
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 24
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 212
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Scary Snow Day by Kyle Derby Pratt
Reading Device: B00IKPYKWG

Post by SamSim » 18 May 2018, 09:07

I enjoyed your review and I love books about people who struggle spiritually and who are rendered believably. I have read (but not necessarily finished) many faith-based fiction works where the characters simply fall flat and seem never to experience temptation. I find them difficult to identify with. Based on your review, Nobody Knows sounds engaging and realistic.
Samantha Simoneau

“But upon the stage of life, while conscience claps, let the world hiss! On the contrary if conscience disapproves, the loudest applauses of the world are of little value."
~John Adams :greetings-clapyellow:

User avatar
Posts: 624
Joined: 08 May 2018, 12:47
2019 Reading Goal: 21
2018 Reading Goal: 25
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 56
Currently Reading: It's Easier to Dance
Bookshelf Size: 281
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Sigfried’s Smelly Socks! by Len Foley
Reading Device: B00I15SB16

Post by sanjus » 18 May 2018, 09:50

The review gave most insight into the contents of the book and also regarding the kinds of characters the author has developed taking into consideration of real life like status quo.
life is only knowing the unknown, we can do this by reading books easily

User avatar
Previous Member of the Month
Posts: 2061
Joined: 14 Feb 2018, 15:30
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 101
Currently Reading: Lord of Chaos
Bookshelf Size: 298
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: The Stone Wall Crossing by Alice Schellhorn Magrane
Reading Device: B00JG8GOWU

Post by kfwilson6 » 18 May 2018, 10:48

For books like this, it really takes a great review to capture my interest. The book sounded mediocre at best based on the original synopsis I read when this was BOTD. Your review makes it sound much more intriguing. This is not at the top of my list of books to read but I am curious as to what secrets Jake is hiding and why he felt compelled to hide things from his wife. I wonder if she actually knew the things he thought she didn't...wives are sneaky that way.

User avatar
Posts: 1330
Joined: 15 Apr 2018, 23:16
2018 Reading Goal: 48
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 100
Currently Reading: The 7 Experiment
Bookshelf Size: 296
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Time Shot by R.K. Johnson

Post by teacherjh » 18 May 2018, 12:10

I'm not sure this one is for me but I'm glad he was able to tell his story and share it.

User avatar
Posts: 755
Joined: 13 Feb 2018, 12:54
Favorite Book: The year of the flood
Currently Reading: Mason Dixon
Bookshelf Size: 273
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Dont Panic Its Organic by Dr. Andy Lopez

Post by Libs_Books » 18 May 2018, 13:19

teacherjh wrote:
18 May 2018, 12:10
I'm not sure this one is for me but I'm glad he was able to tell his story and share it.
Yes, that pretty much sums up how I feel about it. I can see that some people would find this really engaging, but, despite the great review, it doesn't really appeal.

User avatar
Dael Reader
Posts: 682
Joined: 05 May 2018, 08:39
Currently Reading: The Story of Arthur Truluv
Bookshelf Size: 53
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Extraordinary Stories From Everyday People (and me) by Les Clark
Reading Device: 1400697484

Post by Dael Reader » 18 May 2018, 20:29

You write a very compelling review. As one who enjoys compelling life stories and stories that lead to reflections on faith and life, I am putting this one on my to-read list.

User avatar
Posts: 1482
Joined: 22 Apr 2018, 10:31
Currently Reading: Just Drive
Bookshelf Size: 50
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Beyond Absolute by S R Gurney

Post by gen_g » 20 May 2018, 00:49

Thank you for the interesting review, I will be checking out this book soon.

User avatar
Posts: 1482
Joined: 22 Apr 2018, 10:31
Currently Reading: Just Drive
Bookshelf Size: 50
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Beyond Absolute by S R Gurney

Post by gen_g » 20 May 2018, 02:00

teacherjh wrote:
18 May 2018, 12:10
I'm not sure this one is for me but I'm glad he was able to tell his story and share it.
I agree with teacherjh. Nonetheless, thank you for the detailed review.

Posts: 1805
Joined: 10 May 2017, 19:49
2019 Reading Goal: 100
2019 Reading Goal Completion: 7
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 106
Currently Reading: A Light in the Window
Bookshelf Size: 196
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: Hologram Deception by Ed Sheehan

Post by kdstrack » 20 May 2018, 06:37

The cover alone does a good job of evoking emotions. Your review makes the book sound really intriguing. Even though it may have some weaknesses, I think I will try this one. Thanks.

User avatar
Posts: 91
Joined: 01 Mar 2018, 07:08
2018 Reading Goal: 100
2018 Reading Goal Completion: 78
Currently Reading: The Clockmaker's Daughter
Bookshelf Size: 100
Reviewer Page:
Latest Review: My Ladybird Story by Magus Tor
Reading Device: B00N9ZVN90

Post by Fuzzy456 » 26 May 2018, 14:25

This is a thorough review, thank you. Sounds interesting enough to give it a try. I enjoy books like this, thanks!

Post Reply

Return to “Other Fiction Forum”