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Out of the Darkness - a tale of love, loss and life after death Paperback – 2 Jun 2015
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'I cried all the way through. It really touched me and helped with my own feelings of loss...'Out of the Darkness' is beautifully-written and has a message that everyone should hear.' --Phillipa Taylor
'A host of likeable characters who I cared about and who were slowly transformed through friendship, from pain into joy and healing.' --Robyn East
'Great story, will be a helpful book for those who have lost loved ones, but simply a moving tale for anyone to enjoy.' --Alex Faulkener
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. Please see www.outofthedarknessnovel.com
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It has a compelling opening and the author’s decision to use bite-sized chapters and snappy dialogue makes for compulsive reading. Also enlivening the story is her skilful use of imagery and characterisation. Examples which stood out: “The grey winter sky was alive with seagulls, hanging in the air, their mournful cries carried across the cold, dark ocean.” And “On she went, the wooden decking pulsing like a heartbeat beneath her tyres, the audience of empty boats nodding their approval.” I liked “She inched along the hall in silent, nightmarish slow motion, dragging concrete legs towards the front door.” And “A set of red leather-bound encyclopaedias stood smartly to attention on the bookshelf.” There was a dig at the character’s ageing neighbour when she “attempted to raise a Botoxed eyebrow.”
Metaphors abound such as “The women's voices still buzzing like bluebottles inside her head” and the story has humour: a bogus psychic tries to connect with the spirits at a séance but fails miserably with hilarious results. Again, when Hannah, sharing a Chinese meal with her friends, makes her point by holding a shrimp between her chop-sticks – comparing it with her estranged husband. Wonderful stuff!
I found it a gentle yet powerful novel, romantic, well-written and with a psychic twist. It surely provides a most intriguing and satisfying read. Katy Hogan, let's have some more like this, you're a natural story teller!
The story is set in Brighton, England which is a town that is very dear to me. I live in the French Alps, but I have visited Brighton four times in the past year. I loved the references to Brighton, such as The West Pier, The Marina, The Laines and Montpellier Crescent. For the first time in 14 years I started to feel a little homesick.
Katy Hogan writes in gorgeous style, descriptive but not flowery, intelligent but easy to read. Her use of the 42 chapters is something else, it is almost impossible to finish a chapter and then put the book down.
I became slightly obsessed with this book and even bought the Kindle version as well as the paperback, so that I could get a quick fix on my phone’s Kindle app when I had a spare moment or two. There were definitely a few moments when I had a cold shiver down my spine, but I’d be giving away too much if I told you why.
But I'd been disappointingly mislead before, so downloaded only a sample ,expecting it to join the deleted pile, of quarter read books,
But couldn't have been more wrong , from those first few pages, the characters all drew me in ,to know much more of their story's ,
This beautifully wrote story , should come to you, with out any hint,of what it's all about, so like all the other reviewers , no spoilers,
The book has an underlying spiritual theme but is one that raises questions for you to contemplate rather than try to convince you of anything. Scepics of all things supernatural or spiritual and believers alike will take away masses from this hugely well written book. Consider the story a gift to yourself as, what you get out it will stay warmly wrapped up around you for all time.
Read it, laugh and cry too, but you wont forget it - ever.
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