Out of the Darkness Katy Hogan

51RLO-hQgeL._AA160_ Pub:  ILLUMINE PUBLISHING

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 am not a believer in the afterlife or ghosts or even clairvoyancy, all of which are included in this tale, so I was a bit dubious about reading this novel by Katy Hogan.

However… It is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The story is about Jessica. She has lost her mother and when she has a fling discovers she is pregnant. Alex has moved from London to Brighton and believes her house is haunted.

The two women strike up a friendship after Jessica collapses. Hannah is in an awful marriage and beats herself up quite a bit. These three women are linked and Out of the Darkness tells their story with sensitivity, compassion and feeling.

It is an interesting read and covers heart wrenching emotions that left me bereft. All of the characters have issues that each of us have or will have to deal with within our lifetimes.

Friendships, death and life after, Out of the Darkness offers a kind of hopefulness when tragedy and sadness abound. It tells of love and healing and really does give the reader food for thought.

I loved it.

3*/5

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