Review | Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan (@KatyHogan)

09 April 2016


Publisher: Illumine Publishing
Pages: 292

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.

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Katy and asked if I would review her book in exchange for an honest review. When I read the summary I was instantly intrigued by the concept of the book and wanted to load it onto my Kindle and get started! 

This entire book is summed up perfectly by its tagline: A Tale of Love, Loss and Life After Death. Never before have I read a book that can be summed up so perfectly and succinctly in just nine words. This book deals with tragedy in such a beautiful and amazing way. Each of the women we meet along the way are mourning or keeping a secret and battling with the future.

There are three central characters in this book, Jessica, mourning the loss of her mother, Alex, starting a new life in Brighton after moving over from the USA for a new start, and Hannah, a woman trapped in a loveless marriage mourning the sudden death of her brother. All three of their paths cross and they land up becoming great friends but they aren't just friends, they are all connected to one another in a way they don't initially realise when they first meet. 

I absolutely loved reading these ladies stories and Katy has woven an amazing tale for all three of them. When you read this book you will laugh and cry. Have the tissues on standby! Katy has linked them together in the most amazing way and each of these ladies gains something amazing from their friendship. 

There's an amazing paranormal aspect to this book too and it is so well researched, you can tell the author knows her stuff and has used her knowledge to make the paranormal aspect the best it can be. 

I usually go into more depth with my five-star reviews but I really do not want to give anything away! I want everyone who reads this book to go in blind and find out for themselves these ladies stories and how they help not only each other but those surrounding them. I loved seeing almost the entirety of the characters in this book being saved in one way or another and finding what they never knew they needed, family, love and acceptance. 

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