It’s been years since Erin’s partner Gwen has died. She has been a recluse ever since. With the insistent prodding from her housemate Mariel, Erin decides to date again. Strange and disturbing things start to happen around Erin. A call from Mariel’s psychic has Mariel in a tizzy and after much convincing Mariel finally gets Erin to agree to visit her psychic. The psychic only has one message for Erin; Gwen is trying to reach out to her and warn her of impending danger.
The story is mainly focused on Erin. Ever since Gwen has died Erin has withdrawn from the world. This being a short story I didn’t get to really feel who Erin is. What I could get a sense of is that Erin is a smart, sensible lady.
The Writing Style
It’s a short story but it has a good amount of well written horror that I really enjoyed.
I’m pretty good at guessing endings and haven’t been tricked in a while. This book had me, I didn’t see this one coming.
I know this section can be useful at times but not here.
Ok I dare you to read this book in a room, by yourself, in the dark, at night.
Excerpt from Beyond and Begone by Lois Cloarec Hart
Footsteps sounded, coming up the front stairs; she smiled. It was a familiar, comforting sound. Her bedroom faced the front yard, and she slept with her windows open as much as possible no matter what the season, so she often heard the paper carrier making his early morning rounds. Up the stairs and down, seven days a week. He was as reliable as an old farm rooster.
At five-thirty, not three in the morning. Erin’s eyes snapped open and a burst of adrenaline set her heart pounding. The footsteps had stopped and there was no sound from outside her window. Whoever had walked up the stairs hadn’t walked down again.
Erin strained for any sound. Maybe he walked back down to the street on the grass—or maybe it wasn’t the paper carrier. Maybe it was one of the neighbours coming home late and he just got the wrong house. He could’ve cut across the lawn and I wouldn’t have heard it.
But the grass would be wet with dew by now, and since the house was on a corner, a street ran along one side. On the other side, their elderly neighbours were unlikely to have midnight visitors.
When logic failed, Erin got out of bed and threw on a robe. She pulled back the curtains just enough to look outside, but could see nothing in the soft illumination of the street lights. With her sightline to the front stoop blocked, she couldn’t determine if a newspaper had been deposited there.
Steeling herself, Erin walked to the front door. There was nothing unusual to be seen through the peephole, so her hand fell on the door knob. Should I wake Mariel? She shook her head. No, she has to be at work early today. Erin took a deep breath. Okay, steady girl. The storm door is locked too. Nobody can get at you.
She unlocked the door and opened it an inch.
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- ISBN number: 9783955331764
- Publisher: YLVA publishing
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Note: I received a free review copy of Beyond and Begone by Lois Cloarec Hart. No money was exchanged for this review. I will always review books as honestly as possible and on occasion I refuse to review books.