Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan

This book has been published by Illumine Publishing and is available now. My thanks to the author  for sending me a review copy

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.

My Thoughts:

There are many books around that have a supernatural element to them. On the whole I generally am not drawn to this type of book, so I was hesitant about accepting this one for review. I am so glad that in this case, I made an exception.

I guess I have a small amount of interest in psychic abilities and although more than a little sceptical, I have been to television recordings and live audience shows with Colin Fry. I certainly believe in 'something', although I am not sure in the entirety. I only point this out as it isn't necessary to believe, to enjoy this story and the beautiful writing that is contained.

This is a story of friendship, Jessica Gibson's Mother has died, and primarily this is a story about working through grief, and moving on with hope for the future. There are other characters that I particularly liked including Hannah and Alex. These ladies are also going through losses of their own. I adored the way the main characters interacted and came together as mutual support during trying times. Testament to the fact that friendship really can be a saviour.

I found this book very moving, the writing was beautiful and the characters were utterly charming. The author has created a book that although sad in nature, ends with a positive feel. Although I admit to shedding a tear or two, I found this book actually uplifting and life affirming. I would think it would also be comforting to those who are going through bereavement or loss themselves.

I would suggest that there is much to be taken from this book by all readers. I thought it was wonderful, with a beautiful and subtle touch that really moved me.

I would very much recommend this one.

About the Author: 

Having grown up with a mother who consulted her tarot cards on a weekly basis, and who would frequently 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 decided to find out more.
And so began a fascinating quest, 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'm not writing, you will find me keeping tabs on my teenage children or walking my dogs in the Hertfordshire countryside.
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