Riddell House sits on a large estate overlooking the Puget Sound. But this is no normal house. It's a mansion completely built out of full grown, giant trees. By spending the summer there with his father, 14 year old Trevor is determined to send his grandfather to a home, sell the land, and bring his recently separated parents back together. However, he soon discovers that the house is not only home to his grandfather and aunt, but to many secrets and a ghost with it’s own story. Haunting and beautifully written, Garth Stein has delivered another wonderfully, captivating narrative and it was very difficult to put down!— Lauren S.
October 2014 Indie Next List
“Stein's new novel of family relationships and responsibilities explores the connections between the living and the dead, between parents and children, and what it means to be stewards of the land. Two very compelling characters drive the story: a 14-year-old boy trying to patch his family back together and a centuries-old ghost trying to make sure that the wrongs of the past are put right so that a family's legacy can be maintained. A Sudden Light is a compelling search for faith and meaning in a world where bad things sometimes happen.”
— Andrea Jones, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick, VT