Friday, September 23, 2011

Review: Dark Corners by Liz Schulte

"Ella Reynolds knew from the first moment she walked into the old house someone or something was watching her. Waiting. Her husband's violent murder sent her spiraling into a world of grief and isolation, but Ella isn't alone. Who or what is responsible for her husband's death is still with her. Darkness has engulfed the past year of Ella's life. Everyday reality slips a little more between her fingers as she struggles to break free from her memories. She must look deeper into her past as well as the present to discover truth of her husband's homicide. A string of uncanny events takes place and practical explanations run thin as Ella follows the terrifying road to closure. As the past and present come to a head, Ella must decipher who or what the murderer is before it takes her as well"
When we meet Ella, she's a mess. Drinking and throwing her life away to anger and self pity, we find ourselves feeling sad and sorry for her as she reveals to us her story through flashbacks and dreams. Ella is convinced her house is haunted by a ghost, but being an author of horror books, the small town goes from considering her a local celebrity to simply a crazy nut job. But there's one person who keeps coming around despite Ella's rude, broken nature, and that person is Detective Troy. But is he friend or foe?

Though this book is slightly different from the paranormal/ supernatural feel we usually review here at The Ink Puddle, I was not disappointed. Liz takes us through character by character and keeps us questioning who has the best intentions for Ella. You will cheer, cry and scream as you fight for her to move through her pain and find some normalcy to life again. The book takes a very legit, real life approach and is a storyline that could unfortunately, happen to anyone (there are some crazies out there...). Needless to say, there isn't a dull moment in Dark Corners, you won't want to put the book down. And if you're like me, you'll have to leave the lights on for this one.

My rating for this book:

About the Author:
Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn't always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more. When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.
You can follow Liz's blog here.

Also! Be sure to check out our small interview with Liz where she sits down to tell us about a ghost story of her own.

A copy of the book, Dark Corners was provided to The Ink Puddle by Liz Schulte. 


Lizzie's Blog said...

Thank you for the wodnerful review! I'm glad you enjoyed the book. :-)

Lisa Rayns said...

Great review. I had to keep the lights on when i read it as well. I loved the book!