Book & Author Details:
Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan
Publication date: July 6th 2015
DOES EVERYTHING IN LIFE HAPPEN PURELY BY CHANCE? OR ARE WE GUIDED TOWARDS PEOPLE WHO CAN HELP US IN OUR HOUR OF NEED?
Following the sudden death of her beloved mother, Jessica Gibson’s world falls apart. But after meeting a man who seems heaven-sent, she starts to feel she has something to live for again, and soon discovers that their connection holds far more significance than she could ever have imagined. And when Jessica strikes an unlikely bond with Alexandra Green, the two new friends are taken on an emotional journey into the world of the supernatural, where psychic mediums pass on messages from beyond the grave.
What — or who — is causing the strange goings-on in Alex’s home? What secret is she keeping from Jessica? And who is the young woman who so badly needs their help?
In a series of surprising twists and turns, the pieces of the puzzle finally fall into place and a mystery is unwittingly solved — with life-changing consequences for all involved.
‘Out of the Darkness’ is an uplifting tale of friendship and redemption; of love and loss. And life…after death.
I’ll be honest here – I was drawn to this book by the paranormal element, and not necessarily by the relationship side of the book. And I felt like it took a while for the story to really hit its stride. The initial pacing was slow. However, I will say that it is worth hanging in there. Once the relationships start to develop and tie together, the pacing improves greatly, and I felt more connected to the characters and more invested in the tale overall.
This is a competently written story. I really didn’t like Jess at first, but my impression of her changed as the story developed. And generally, this is a reasonable plot. It definitely piqued my imagination. I’m afraid that I just didn’t quite achieve the level of emotional involvement other readers have managed.
I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.
Having grown up with a mother who consulted her tarot cards on a weekly basis, and who would frequently hear voices or sense an other-worldly presence, it has always been perfectly natural for me to assume that there is more to this life than meets the eye. I have even experienced a few mysterious encounters myself. But it was only when I suffered the loss of a loved one that I started to question the possibility of life after death, and I decided to find out more. And so began a fascinating journey into the world of the supernatural, where I met ‘ordinary’ people who claimed to have experienced the extraordinary.
This is where I found the inspiration for my debut novel, Out of the Darkness. Although it’s fiction, much of the phenomena written about in the story have been experienced by me, my friends, or people I spoke to during my research.
I have started work on my second novel, but when I am not writing, you will find me keeping tabs on my teenage children, or walking my dogs in the Hertfordshire countryside.