Dark Lullaby

Published By: Whiskey Creek Press

Book Category: Fiction, Horror

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Reviewed by J.C. Hall, Top Epinions Reviewer

While Gabriel Diaz debates philosophy with his ex-girlfriend, Liz, in a bar, the two of them arguing hotly about the discrepancies between law and justice, and the notion of ”˜higher good’, they are approached by a mysterious young woman, Kamilah, who fuels their discussion with the concept of corrupting a good and noble soul, and the notion of ”˜ultimate evil’.

Young and blindingly attractive, Kamilah proceeds to seduce Gabriel, who succumbs readily to her spell. Even though he has promised to visit his pregnant sister in Belgium in time for the birth, Gabriel agrees to accompany Kamilah on a trip to her family cottage in Rize in the mountains on the Black Sea. There, amidst the splendour of the Turkish countryside, strange things begin to happen. First he loses his cell-phone, his one link to the outside world. Then he begins to feel physically ill. With terrifying nightmares, hellish hallucinations and threatening encounters assailing him from all sides, Gabriel is plunged into a maelstrom of inexplicable, supernatural events that threaten not only his very sanity but his integrity as well, not to mention the peace of mind of his twin sister far away in Belgium.

For Kamilah is not the young innocent she appears to be, and she has an agenda that is both shocking and bizarre. It will take all Gabriel’s strength of mind to resist being corrupted by her, as well as courage and ingenuity for him to escape from her clutches. And even then it might be too late…if not for him, then perhaps for his niece yet unborn and therefore highly vulnerable.

Dark Lullaby is an atmospheric paranormal horror that grips you from page one and refuses to let go until you’ve raced, breathless, to the end. The prose is so smooth there are no speed bumps as you devour the entire novel in one or two sittings. The exotic setting of the Turkish countryside is detailed and enjoyable, and the characterization of Gabriel, Kamilah, and even Liz (with her conflicted feelings towards Gabriel) is superbly handled, making all the main characters come to life. The subject matter is chilling and spooky, and the suspension of disbelief is constant. Highly recommended for fans of paranormal fiction, especially horror aficionados, though there is nothing to stop other readers from enjoying this too. Only make sure the more faint-hearted among you do not read this alone at night. You have been warned.

Used with permission of Mayra Calvania, author

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