Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan

About this book…

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.

My review…

I don’t think a book has made me feel as emotional as this for quite some time and I actually feel quite bereft now that I’ve finished it! When I was offered a review copy by the author Katy Hogan, I accepted after having a quick look at the blurb. But this book is so much more than I expected! Weirdly enough, it sat on my TBR pile for a few weeks as I was prioritising the review books I read in the order they had arrived. But then something strange happened and I won ANOTHER copy of the book in a competition that I don’t even remember entering! So from that I realised that someone, somewhere was trying to tell me to get on and read this book!!!

Jessica is in pieces after early death of her mother, to whom she was very close. Her grief has overtaken her to such an extent that she takes no pleasure even in her own life. After an unexpected meeting with an old school friend she ends up meeting a man called Finn who may make her wake up from her days of heartbreak and enjoy life again. She also attends a grievance counselling group where she meets Hannah and then one night they meet Alex, who helps Jess when she collapses after leaving a counselling session. These three woman seem destined to meet and they have a mysterious bond between them. Alex has been having visions and this leads the women to consult a clairvoyant. What happens next is a very moving, emotional journey for the friends.

Whether or not you believe in the afterlife in any form, this is a beautiful book dealing with death and how those left behind deal with their grief. I don’t like supernatural novels but this is nothing like I have read before! It is written with such gentleness, slowly building up the characters and the relationships they form whilst delivering a message of hope that goodbye is not always the end. I’m so glad that I read it and will now pass it along for others to make up their own minds. Well, one of them I will! The other copy has earned itself a place on my “favourites” bookcase so thank you very much to Katy Hogan.

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About the author…

Having grown up with a mother who consulted her tarot cards on a weekly basis, and who would frequently sense an other-worldly presence, it has always been perfectly natural for me to assume that there is more to this life than meets the eye. I have even experienced a few mysterious encounters myself. But it was only when I suffered the loss of a loved one that I started to question the possibility of life after death, and decided to find out more. And so began a fascinating quest, where I met ‘ordinary’ people who claimed to have experienced the extraordinary. This is where I found the inspiration for my debut novel, ‘Out of the Darkness’. Although it’s fiction, much of the phenomena written about in the story have been experienced by me, my friends, or people I spoke to during my research. I have started work on my second novel, but when I’m not writing, you will find me keeping tabs on my teenage children, or walking my dogs in the Hertfordshire countryside. Please see http://www.outofthedarknessnovel.com

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

14 thoughts on “Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan”

  1. I read and reviewed this about 2 months ago, and I still think about it quite a lot. When I go walking in the evenings, I often pass empty boats just floating on the water, and it always reminds me of ‘The Guiding Light’. I loved this book, it was amazing. I’m glad you did too. Hopefully, your Mum will too.

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    1. Yes it’s one of those books that I think will stay with me as well. I just felt I was meant to read it and I’m not normally like that! I just want everyone to read it and love it like we did! 😊

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