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Into The Light [Kindle Edition]

Darcia Helle
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Book Description

Max Paddington refuses to go into the light until he finds his killer. This presents a dilemma, since Max is even less competent as a spirit than he was as a live person. No one sees or hears him and he can't manage to get anywhere or do anything on his own.

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, living an ordinary life. Then one day he walks across a parking lot, gets yelled at by a ghost, and his life only gets stranger from there.

Max and Joe team up to find Max's killer. In the process, they form an unlikely friendship and change each other's lives in ways they never expected.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 600 KB
  • Print Length: 251 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005D4QLZ6
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #393,527 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A native of Massachusetts, Darcia Helle now writes in the sunshine of Florida in the U.S. Darcia is married, with two grown sons and a house full of spoiled animals.

Darcia admits to having an addiction to books and music. Her collections threaten to take over her home. She will read just about anything; fiction, nonfiction, magazine, ingredient labels. Her music collection is just as eclectic as her book collection, with everything from metal to folk.

You can learn more about Darcia and her writing on her website: http://www.DarciaHelle.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun read with a deeper meaning 29 July 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a wonderful story on so many levels. It contains humour, romance, and an element of mystery. It's a supernatural tale about a ghost, Max, who refuses to go `into the light' until his killer can be brought to justice.
Max, in life, was a very ordinary man, in fact he died feeling like a failure and as if his life had been in vain.
What Helle's book teaches us is that there are many things we do on a daily basis that have an effect on other people's lives, for good or bad. Max is forced to confront issues from his past when he dies, and this multi-layered story perfectly highlights the fact that we are often unaware of other people's thoughts and feelings and that makes all the difference when looking at the effects of things we do. Many readers will be able to relate to Max, and also the private investigator, Joe, who is roped in to help Max find his killer. Their relationship is an odd one, but they each learn something from the other as they both try to come to terms with their problems.
The book deals with the subjects of divorce, regret, relationships, insecurity, and miscommunication, among other things. It's a fun and often comical read, but also contains very deep thinking on human behaviour and relationships.
The underlying message appears to be that when we die we leave behind an imprint based on everything we have done, thought, and said... it's definitely food for thought.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 9 Jan. 2012
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Into The Light brings to us a mixture of humour and mystery, as it deals with what could happen after we are dead. It shows how we don't always appreciate the 'imprint' we leave while we're are alive, and that maybe we were more than we thought.

It is a book that deals with the human condition, with such themes as love, sorrow, regret, grief, jealousy and of course, death, yet, attempts to answer the many questions and thoughts we might have about 'the mysterious journey' beyond our comprehension.

It also gives us hope and I was delighted with the proclaimed ideas.

Altogether, a read that is thought-provoking and fun.

I would certainly recommend it to others.

Julie Elizabeth Powell, author of Gone, Slings & Arrows, Of Sound Mind, Misadventures Of Fatwman, A Murderer's Heart, Knowing Jack, The Star Realm, Invasion and Figments
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heavenly Read 27 July 2011
By RJ McDonnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Before starting "Into the Light," I read a comment by author Darcia Helle stating that the novel was very different from her usual style. I'm a creature of habit. I know what I enjoy, and if you throw a new secret ingredient into the mix I'm probably not going to like it. I'm an adult version of Mikey from the old Life cereal commercial.

As a fan of Ms. Helle's writing, I truly wanted another Michael Sycora series thriller. I would have gladly accepted another exceptional stand-alone like "The Cutting Edge." But the author's comment about writing outside of her genre made me lower my expectations considerably. I'm here to tell you, I was dead wrong.

After reading the book I felt like a Beatles fan hoping for another "Rubber Soul" or "Revolution" and getting "Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." "Into the Light" is absolutely terrific. It grabbed me on an emotional level that I don't equate to reading. I found myself relating to Max and Joe like they were personal friends instead of fictional characters.

While the storyline may not fit neatly into any genre definition, there is no mistaking the quality of this novel. I suggest you read it on a day when your spirits need a lift. Don't be surprised if it continues to delight you weeks after you've turned the final page.

RJ McDonnell
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ghost Story And So Much More 28 May 2014
By M. Brown - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Into the Light by Darcia Helle is such a good book. It's a ghost story, it's a mystery, it's a story about love and friendship, it's humorous, it's touching. That's a lot for a book to be, but Into The Light is all that and more.

Max Paddington is having a bad day, a bad life and a bad afterlife. On the day his wife asks him for a divorce, he's shot and killed, much to his surprise. Even more surprising, he's become a ghost and can't move Into The Light until he finds out why he was killed and who killed him. He's convinced that his wife wants a divorce because he bought an expensive set of golf clubs that he couldn't afford. He's also convinced that either his wife killed him or hired some one to do the killing. The problem is, he doesn't know how to get the answers he seeks. He also doesn't know how to move about in the spirit world or how to communicate with anyone. He sure wishes being dead came with an instruction booklet.

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator, who as a youngster, had imaginary friends. Were they imaginary friends or ghosts? When Joe hears someone yelling at him but doesn't see any one, he knows that ghosts are a part of his life. After Max convinces Joe to help him look into his murder and find his killer, the two form an unlikely friendship and set out to solving the mystery. What follows is, at times, a humorous escapade following leads and pursuit of the bad guy.

The characters are well developed and realistic. Yes, I know, how can a ghost be realistic? While I was reading, I kept thinking, yeah, that might be something I would do. Max has so many human traits that you could easily forget he's a ghost. The friendship formed between Max and Joe seems very real, and it helps them both to grow. They help each other is ways neither knew they needed help with. Their friendship continued to grow throughout the entire book.

The mystery of the killer and the motive are carried out throughout the entire book. The reason for the shooting came as a surprise to me and I thought it was a great twist. And as I was reading, I found myself not even caring the who or the why. I was too busy enjoying the banter of the two main characters, seeing how they helped each other. There were times, while reading, that I would laugh out loud. At other times, I had tears in my eyes. Being able to take readers through these extremely opposite emotions makes for a good book. And I think it takes an excellent author to do that.

I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who like a ghost story or enjoys a well crafted mystery. And if you love a book that takes you through many different emotions, then this book is for you. This is the first book I've read by Darcia Helle but it most definitely won't be my last. I have my fingers crossed that this will be the first in a series starring Max and Joe.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very different kind of story 19 Aug. 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Into the Light is a book that surprised me. I couldn't give it a category in the books I have read. It's mystery, yes... Who killed Max and why? It's a ghost story ... Max refuses to go into the light until he finds out who killed him and why and PI is the only one who can hear ghosts ...so guess who is the one communicating with the ghost. It is a story about the hereafter ... what lies beyond? Do we get a chance go into the light? What's it like out there? It's a story about truth ... Initially Max believes that his murder was a hit arranged by his wife because he bought himself golf clubs. Oh yes and it's definitely humorous! It's a story about fate ... Max was definitely murdered. And it's a story about lessons learned. What have we done in our lives that has helped others? Joe helps ghost Max, but there is no one who pays him for his time and work. Maybe Joe has done more good than he has realized. Maybe Joe's life wasn't so horrible as he had thought as he looked back at his life.

What made this book stand out for me was that it made me ask questions about my own life, where it is going, what I am doing. It affected me on such a profound level that after I finished it last night, I ended up dreaming about my own life and the hereafter and living in the present moment.
This book is different from anything I have read before. It can be read on so many levels: for entertainment, as a ghost story, a mystery, a humorous story, a story which we can read objectively and get much meaning from it, or one that calls us to dig deeper and explore our own philosophy
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What have we done with our lives? Who loves us? 14 Aug. 2012
By Jason McIntyre - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
INTO THE LIGHT by Darcia Helle tackles some new ground. If you can believe it, there are ghosts in this one. Oooh. And a trip into a deep dark place called The Abyss. She doesn't wander from her trademark of believable characters doing things you and I would do in the same circumstances. But the otherworldliness is a welcome tilt on the murder, mayhem and intrigue you've come to expect.

I don't offer plot recaps in my reviews because I despise ruining even one small bit of a story for any reader. But I'll tell you that Joe and Max in INTO THE LIGHT are like The Odd Couple with a paranormal twist. Their interplay is the heart of the novel and, while moving towards the satisfying conclusion, their banter is the funny, light centerpiece in a book that is actually talking about some very big things. Who are we? What have we done with our lives? Was there meaning in how we lived? In who we loved?

I spent time between reading sessions pondering this for myself. And anytime a book makes me think about my own mortality - or any larger-than-life concept - I must give due credit to its author.

Darcia Helle takes readers on a path that is never straight and narrow. It's wide and rich, with colour and intensity. You can't help but fall for her characters along the way and despise others as you witness their true likeness. Her books tread this wondrous path, taking you on their journey. Ms. Helle's books are always satisfying glimpses into this very human condition of ours. And INTO THE LIGHT is no exception.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 27 Feb. 2012
By Jaidis Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Into the Light by Darcia Helle is a story that will keep you reading while tugging on your heart-strings. Max Paddington starts out his day just like any other, that is until his wife hands him divorce papers. Without understanding the reasoning behind her decision he goes through his day in a bad mood which he takes out on anyone within close vicinity. To make matters worse, Max finds himself floating above his body after being murdered.

Joe Cavelli is a private investigator that has always had a knack for hearing voices as a child. Once an adult the voices halted, that is until Max entered his life. Now Joe sets out to help Max find the motive for his murder and identify the killer while ignoring his own heart and what matters most to him.

Into the Light reads like an episode of Ghost Whisperer. Joe helps ghosts let go of the things that are keeping them from going into the light by talking to family and friends on their behalf. Since I have watched several episodes of Ghost Whisperer, I often found Into the Light to be a tad predictable but still enjoyed reading the emotion that the characters emitted. Darcia Helle reminds us through her book that everything we do leaves an imprint on those we leave behind and we should live life to the fullest, cherish those we love and go out of our way to help each other.
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