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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Sunken Sunlight is a surreal psychological drama written by Victor Grant. Daniel Gibson Cougar reminisces how he used to work at a gas station in the mid-90s when he came into contact with an award-winning author named Joseph Jackson. After forming a cordial relationship, Joseph's inexplicable death leaves Victor with a chain of events he could never fathom out. Meanwhile, he discovers his wife is cheating on him, leaving him to raise their infant daughter independently. After a Hollywood screenwriter initiates him into the film industry, Daniel soon makes a name for himself and becomes a successful writer. But a blast from the past in the form of Jackson's daughter, Victoria, pushes him into a lifestyle that Daniel struggles to shrug off. Can he disassociate himself from Mr. Bundy and resume his life?
At times, author Victor Grant's surreal and dreamlike descriptions remind you of a David Lynch movie. Due to the writing style, the narrative is deliberately slow as most of the page time is spent inside Daniel's headspace. This makes Daniel an entertaining and unreliable narrator. The non-linear narrative structure and the use of dreamlike sequences heighten the surreal nature of the story. The characters are primarily used as tools to move the plot forward and explore the themes the author is interested in. Daniel's dynamic with Victoria remains ambiguous, and it adds a lot of intrigue to their relationship. Despite the presence of some serious topics like drug abuse, the story ends on a surprisingly optimistic note. If you're craving something unique, check out Sunken Sunlight.