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Book Review - Dark Lullaby - Mayra Calvani

Monday, October 28, 2013


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This book scared the daylights out of me! It is certainly not for the faint of heart. It is hard to believe that a writer of children's books could write this supernatural psychological thriller and do it phenomenally well. You won't even realize you are frightened as you read it--it sort of creeps up on you, slowly insidiously until you feel your heart beating just slightly harder, the hairs on your arms raising up and the ending won't make you feel much better. I am glad I read it and the way it ended--there may be a second one coming but the author makes no mention of it. Would I read the second one? Yes I would--I'll just make sure that I read it in the daytime with lots of daylight shining into my apartment!



About the Book: (from the author's website )


At a trendy Turkish tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. Soon, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her–her skin’s abnormally high temperature, her obsession with milk products, her child-like and bizarre behavior as she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.

The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.

But nothing, not even the stunning splendor of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature. In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul…

Now on Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/94529

And Kindle: http://www.amazon.com/Dark-Lullaby-ebook/dp/B005UI7FOG/ref=sr_1_2?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1320131387&sr=1-2



About the Author: (from the author's website )


Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications such as The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, and Bloomsbury Review, among many others. When she’s not writing, reading, editing or reviewing, she enjoys walking her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. Represented by Serendipity Literary.

For her children’s books, visit www.MayrasSecretBookcase.com.

Mayra is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Twitter URL: http://twitter.com/mcalvani

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36 comments :

Lexie Lane said...

Ooh! This sounds a little thrilling! Makes me want to read the rest, which I might really have to now!

Amanda McMahon said...

interesting that shee writes these types of books AND children's books. :)

Masshole Mommy said...

Ok, now I have to check this book out - out of sheer curiosity. I do like books along these lines and my interest is definitley piqued.

Czjai Reyes-Ocampo said...

Not sure if I would read this book since I'm a bit of a scaredy cat, but I do find it interesting that the author writes children's books, too. :)

(Terry) My Journey With Candida said...

Sounds like a perfect book for the Halloween holiday. I don't get scared easily so I would probably like this one.

Janeane Davis said...

I like books that draw me in and give me a reaction of some kind. I definitely want to check out this scary book you reviewed here. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Batchelor said...

Ooh this sounds great! I can't wait to check this book out! thanks for sharing!

Karen Hewitt said...

ooh that sounds really creepy. Hard to think that this comes from a mind of a kids book author

Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz said...

What a great book for Halloween!

The Attic Girl Site said...

Doesn't sound like you should read this one in the dark alone. lol Great for Halloween though.

Mayra Calvani said...

Thank you so much for the lovely review, Miki. Sorry I scared you! :-)

Thank you all for your comments. Happy Halloween!

Mayra

Mayra Calvani said...

Miki, would it be too much to ask to post your review on Amazon? I would really appreciate it. Thanks in advance for your time!

Ashley R said...

Oooooh, thrilling but creepy! I don't know if I can handle this genre, but I would like to try it!

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

Ohh I love the idea behind this - I love something that has a bit of a quirky idea behind it x

Kay Adeola said...

This sounds great i love a good book like this :-)

Amberlee said...

Sounds like a great book! I have been looking for a good book to cuddle up with now that the weather is getting so cold! Thanks!

Kim Croisant said...

I love it when I see the author post comments. Good luck with all your book writings!!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Oh my goodness you have got me wanting to read this one. I do not usually read anything scary but the story line is sucking me in. Sounds like the kind of book I would have to read in one sitting. Thanks for sharing.

Mayra Calvani said...

Thank you, Kim, and thank you all for your wonderful comments. I hope you'll give Dark Lullaby a try. It's only $.99 :-)

I don't find it strange that I write both children's books and horror. I'm able to switch modes quite easily. So many things inspire me!

Have a great Halloween everybody. Thanks again, Miki.

AdinB said...

It sounds like the kind of book that I would freak out so bad I won't even get out of the bedroom to pee without my husband. LOL! I like paranormal, thriller, horror movies, but I do get scared too and starts seeing things. :) Thanks for sharing your review.

Jennifer Williams said...

I think this one is probably not my thing, I do want to say though, the way you write your reviews ends up pulling me in and making me want to read them. I might just check this one out.

Pam said...

Oh, this is one sounds like a page turner and perfect for Halloween.

becca said...

the title alone sounds interesting

Heidi Bee said...

Wowsers this sounds like a thrill ride! I just love how you describe it- how it slowly builds and you don't realize how scary it is!

Le-an Lai Lacaba said...

Sounds like a gripping book that I wouldn't want to leave somewhere without finishing!

nova hedges said...

I want to read this, i am almost done with the other book i'm reading and i need something that could wake me up and stop me from falling asleep.

Tough Cookie Mommy said...

I love how multicultural the setting and the characters are in this book. It's always nice to learn about the rest of the world and have a good storyline at the same time.

Leigh @ OneandOneEqualsTwinFun said...

This sounds way to scary for me - eek!

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I think I'd kinda like the way the suspense builds in this one...I think!

Dawn Bedingfield said...

Thanks for the warning, if it is a scary book, no thanks. My middle son loves that stuff.

Amiyrah Martin said...

I'm no a fan of scary books (nightmares!) but my husband LOVES them. So, this is definitely going on his Christmas list. Thanks for the review!

Pam said...

That is quite a transition...from children's author to scary book author, LOL. Sounds like she is a true author that can transition and still write wonderfully.

Courtney Pies said...

Wow, it's hard to believe a children's author wrote this psychological thriller! I'm very interested in reading this!

Growing Up Madison said...

I haven't read a book that really scared me lately. I was just about to give up on ever finding one. I may just have to pick this one up.

Patricia Woolverton said...

I am not big into supernatural thrillers but this book really sounds interesting.

Corinne Schmitt said...

This sounds terrifying and yet I really want to read it. It certainly sounds like an interesting story line!

 
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