A Walk On The Darkside by Corinna Underwood
Pearl Blackthorn is a novelist and investigative reporter for Darkside paranormal magazine. Armed with her digital recorder and accompanied by her friend and photographer Harry Raymond, Pearl is sent by her editor J.J Benson – affectionately known as Benny – to the four corners of Great Britain, (and sometimes further), to investigate stories of spirits and specters, demons and doppelgangers, prophecy and possession. The problem is, Pearl doesn’t believe in the supernatural; her creative imagination is tempered by a strong skepticism. She is immovable on her stand that there is always a simple, rational explanation behind every report of paranormal activity. But Pearl soon realizes that the intricacies of paranormal events are often far from simple and not always rational.
Possible spoilers beyond this point.
I really did not know what to expect when I picked up my Kindle to begin reading this story. Would this be horror? Would I need to sleep with my lights on? Would it be a torturous read that would completely ruin my Sunday night? When you agree to read someone’s story that you know nothing about, you are never sure what you may get. However, what I found was more beautiful than I could have expected.
This book is may up of several mini-stories that connect the theme of the entire piece. The stories were wonderful because each one was so very different from each other but they all helped to grow the main characters into wonderful three dimensional living creations. I love Pearl and her skeptical mind but her heart that I think really wants to believe in the paranormal. Harry’s enthusiasm enveloped me and I could feel him wanting to hang on to his ideas of the paranormal so he could continue to believe his dead wife did visit him to say good-bye. Plus my romantic side desperately wants these two to fall in love, but remember that I look for romance everywhere.
The best part of these stories – the truly most beautiful part- was the writing. Corinna Underwood is a master at weaving together words so that everything pops off the page at you in a style similar to how Stephen King uses his choices of words to be almost another character in his stories. I think she could probably make a cookbook captivating.
In the end, I had a great Sunday night with A Walk on the Darkside. I hope that the next book will be released soon because there are questions that need answers. I am also glad that The Secret in the Sanctuary was the first story, and if you want to know why, you will have to read it yourself.
2 paws – My one complaint about this book is the lack of gore. When Ruby told me we were reading a paranormal story tonight, I imagined all the nasty disgusting things in that book and how I could keep Izzy up all night by telling her the terrifying stories. It was going to be great. Then I read it and there is no blood or ectoplasm or anything that would even remotely keep that annoying little kitten quaking in her bed until sun up. Now I am going to have to listen to her snore all night again. What a total disappointment.
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