Series: Haunted Minds series,
Published by Amazon Digital Services on February 22, 2017
Genres: Dark Fiction, Fiction, Ghost, Horror, Occult & Supernatural, Paranormal, Supernatural, Thriller
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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.”