Strange things begin to happen when happily married Ella and Danny Reynolds move into the rambling Victorian home that’s been in Danny’s family for generations: bumps in the night, rearranged furniture and broken plates, whispers and slammed doors. When Ella finds Danny murdered in their kitchen one afternoon just a few months after moving in, she’s certain his death has something to do with those sinister bumps in the night. She sequesters herself inside the house, isolating herself from friends and family as she spirals into depression, all the while resolving that she will get to the bottom of her husband’s murder. As the story unfolds, author Liz Schulte provides readers with a more in-depth glimpse into Ella’s psyche, gradually revealing the truth behind her unraveling marriage and the forces conspiring to slowly drive her mad.
Liz Schulte’s paranormal suspense thriller, Dark Corners, brings to mind the spinetinglers of yesteryear — the ones where turning off the lights isn’t an option and every page is a fresh, delicious torture. It lacks the gore and graphic violence that pervade so many of today’s horror novels, replacing that with Schulte’s keen eye for building suspense, some wonderfully unexpected humor, and just the right amount of romance between main characters Ella Reynolds and Detective Gabriel Troy. Think psychological suspense reminiscent of old Hitchcock films, with a dash of Stephen King thrown in for good measure. The paranormal edge Schulte adds to the mix gives the entire story an unexpected tenderness, and her main character is truly the kind of feisty-yet-vulnerable heroine readers will be rooting for up to the last page.
There are occasional moments of melodrama toward the end of the novel, and the villain’s villainy and level of obsession feel a little over the top for this reviewer, but still isn’t enough to diminish what is otherwise a pitch-perfect, ghostly suspense thriller. This isn’t a novel for readers looking for gore or dark endings, but if you enjoy psychological thrillers with a paranormal edge, well-drawn characters, and a little romance — and you don’t mind sleeping with the lights on for a night or two — you’ll love Dark Corners.
Author’s Website: http://LizSchulte.com/
Jen Blood is a freelance writer and editor, reviewer of mystery/suspense novels, and author of the 5-star rated, Awesome Indies-selected mystery All the Blue-Eyed Angels, the first novel in the Erin Solomon series. Visit her website, http://bloodwrites.com, for mystery reviews, excerpts, interviews with authors, and posts on writing craft, indie publishing, and more.