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{Review} CHILDREN OF THE DARK LIGHT, by John Hennessy

Series: Haunted Minds series,
Published by Amazon Digital Services on February 22, 2017
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural, Thriller
Pages: 184
Format: eBook
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She's dead. But she's still coming to get you.
Can a paranormal activity buff avoid the wrath of the dead ones?
A beautiful house of dark red brick and gothic style stands on Normandy Road. It has had many inhabitants over the years, and is about to gain some new tenants.

However, the house has never truly been empty. There’s something there, and it has always been there. To some, the horrors that reside in Normandy Road are just myths, legends, and in the present day, there is nothing to be scared of.

But there are some that have seen and felt their presence. Their sleep is ripped apart as the nightmarish entities that reside there manage to torment their day.

Something lives in that house. It senses its time has come. A time of evil. Sometimes, they work on their own. Collectively, they are known as The Dead Ones, to others they are known as the Children of the Dark Light; and as improbable and implausible as it may seem; somehow, somewhere, you’ve met them before”�.


MATURE CONTENT 18+ Contains adult content. Story is a psychological mystery and suspense thriller with paranornal themes. Not to be read by minors / people under the age of 18. Contains sexual content, religious references and strong scenes of psychological terror that some readers may find disturbing.

CHILDREN OF THE DARK LIGHT, by John Hennessy, is Book #4 in his Haunted Minds series. Despite this, each of the individual titles was designed to be able to be read completely on its own. The one thing that they all have in common is that they have to do with the area around Normandy Road–and the evil emanating from a particularly large house there.

“. . . I couldn’t quite escape where I had been born. Every little decision or indecision brought me back to Normandy Road.”

CHILDREN OF THE DARK LIGHT does make reference to some events in the previous books (that all take place in different years past), but enough of a “slight background” is given in each case so that the reader is never “lost” in this tale.

As Amanda Reese professes: “. . . I survived those three legends, three myths; whatever you want to call them . . . Others call them the Dead Ones. Others still, the Children of the Dark Light.”

Amanda’s husband, Tom, has decided it’s time to move into a house of their own. And naturally, an annoyingly chipper retailer, Mr. Ross, is quick to point them in the direction of the very house that Amy’s childhood stories emanated from: “. . . It’s a nice house. You’ll love it here, and you’ll never want to leave.”

The house was evil. The house was demolished, they said. Then, some bright spark decided to rebuild it, brick by brick; . . . “

In this particular novel, Hennessy really excels in the characterizations–most especially, those of Tom and Amanda Reese. Through his words, we can visualize their relationship perfectly. Tom works, while Amanda–quick to point out that the feminists wouldn’t care for her attitude–is the stay-at-home wife. Unable to have children, the readers can see her dissatisfaction with her lot in life, yet her complacency to simply let things continue on as they do. Yes, she knows she might have a “happier” life starting out on her own, but her willpower is simply nonexistent to the point that she continues fulfilling her role robotically. Even though Amanda is now a grown adult, she can’t help but “sense” that she will be forever linked to the childhood tales of the infamous Normandy Road and its supernatural terrors.

“. . . maybe all of us are crazy, it’s just those of us that manage it tend to con everyone else into thinking we are sane.”

While Tom seems to be aware of this too, it’s Amanda who points out that neither of them is disillusioned about how they go about the motions of their union; each caring for one another, but out of a sense of obligation–nothing more.

“. . . There were no model husbands and no model wives . . . not for the marriage itself. I had gotten my head out of the clouds about that long ago.”

I found these personalities to be the most important aspect of CHILDREN OF THE DARK LIGHT; even more essential to the story than the entities haunting the town for generations. John Hennessy is a skilled writer and storyteller, and I can not wait for another chapter in the Haunted Minds series.

“You’re never too old to be scared, but let me tell you, you can be scared at any age.”

Highly recommended!

Other titles in the Haunted Minds series include:  THE GHOST OF NORMANDY ROAD (Book 1), CLARA’S SONG (Book 2), and THE GIRL WHO COLLECTED BUTTERFLIES (Book 3).

About John Hennessy

John Hennessy is an award winning (Reader’s Favourite Silver Award – YA Horror for 2016) and best-selling author of paranormal horror, psychological thrillers and fantasy fiction.

Book Stop Corner blog says this:- “His horror stories will give you goosebumps.” He’s written fifteen novels of various lengths, most of them in five series:

HAUNTED MINDS – Enter a world where nothing is quite what it seems. Discover ghosts, demons and terrifying psychological horror in this best selling, award winning series.

THE HALLOWEENERS – In an all new series for 2016, a group of children take a macabre delight in celebrating All Hallows Eve, but who will they bring along for the terrifying ride?

DARK WINTER – Join Romilly, Toril, Beth and Jacinta as they battle dark forces and demons within, in this chart topping series for young adult to adult.

A TALE OF VAMPIRES – Enter a world of gothic and contemporary vampire horror as three siblings go on a rampage of self-discovery and murderous ghoulish games. But are they what they think they are, and if so, can they be stopped? Book One – Murderous Little Darlings is free on Amazon. Grab it today.

STORMLING – In an age when Stormlings have only known peacetime, one man’s desperate action threatens not only the stability of the mystical world of Mordana, but Earth as well. Teenager Ophelia Drewe discovers a jewel that has been lost from its homeworld, and whilst she thinks she can keep it, demonic forces believe otherwise. She’s not alone, but who can she trust? The head Stormling, Anadyr, hasn’t been to the Earth in 500 years, but go there he must – if the jewel is not returned, it will destroy both Ophelia’s world and his own…For fans of Middle Earth and anyone who loves a good fantasy yarn.

Several of John’s books have hit Amazon’s overall Top 100 bestsellers list. Thousands of his books have been bought or downloaded. John was raised on Star Trek, Charmed, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Lord of the Rings, and endless kung fu movies. So now you know what you are getting into.

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Books by John Hennessy

The Ghost of Normandy Road
Clara’s Song
The Girl Who Collected Butterflies
The Halloweeners
Dawn of the New Breed

1. The Halloweeners

0.9 Dawn of the New Breed (A Prequel)
1. Murderous Little Darlings
2. The Blood and the Raven
3. Innocent While She Sleeps
4. Dream the Crow’s Black Dream
5. Reunion of the Blood

1. The Ghost of Normandy Road
2. Clara’s Song
3. The Girl Who Collected Butterflies
4. Children of the Dark Light

1. The Wicca Circle
2. Crescent Moon
3. Last Rites

1. Stormling

1. Three Tales of Vampires
2. Dark Winter: Trilogy

The Ghost of Normandy Road

Dawn of the New Breed
Murderous Little Darlings
The Blood and the Raven
Innocent While She Sleeps
Dream the Crow’s Black Dream
Reunion of the Blood

The Halloweeners

Clara’s Song
Reunion of the Blood
Dawn of the New Breed
Children of the Dark Light

Book ratings and suggested reading age:-

Dark Winter series – 15+
Haunted Minds series – Ghost of Normandy Road – 14+
Haunted Minds series – Clara’s Song – 18+ / Children of the Dark Light 18+
A Tale of Vampires series – 14+ (except for Reunion of the Blood / Dawn of the New Breed- 18+)
The Halloweeners series – 9+
Stormling – 12+


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