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Apart in the Dark
Two terrifying novellas from bestselling author Ania Ahlborn, “a great storyteller who spins an atmosphere of dread literally from the first page”. THE PRETTY ONES – New York, 1977. The sweltering height of the Summer of Sam. The entire city is gripped with fear, but all Nell Sullivan worries about is whether or not she’ll ever make a friend. The self-proclaimed “Plain Jane” does her best to fit in with the girls at work, but Nell’s brother, Barrett, assures her that she’ll never be like them. When Nell manages to finally garner some much-yearned-for attention, the unthinkable happens to her newfound friend. The office pool blames Son of Sam, but Nell knows the awful truth because doing the devil’s work is easy when there’s already a serial killer on the loose. I CALL UPON THEE – Maggie Olsen had a pretty ordinary childhood, swimming, and sleepovers, movie nights and dad jokes. And then there were the other things…the darker things…the shadow that followed her home from the cemetery and settled into the corners of her home, refusing to let her grow up in peace. Now, after three years away from the place she’s convinced she inadvertently haunted, and after yet another family tragedy strikes, Maggie is forced to return to the sweltering heat of a Savannah summer to come to terms with her past. All along, she’s been telling herself, it was just in your head, and she nearly convinces herself that she’d imagined it all. But the moment Maggie steps into the foyer of her family home, she knows. The darkness is still here. And it’s been waiting for Maggie’s return.
THE PRETTY ONES
Plain and simple Nell works in an office in upstate New York. The year is 1977, a time when a vicious killer, famously known as The Son of Sam, is on the loose and wreaking havoc around her. Nell desperately tries to be liked by the other girls in the office but to no avail. They are all beautiful girls that greatly care about their looks. Nell, on the other hand, is just simply too damn plain. She’s always sweaty, overweight, never wears anything that would make her look more attractive, and she’s incredibly socially awkward.
The more Nell tries to become popular and liked, the meaner the other girls get towards her. The ‘pretty girls’ are always cautious, especially during this time when Sam is stalking around, but Nell blows it off because she just knows that the Son of Sam would never choose her to be his victim because she not as pretty as the other girls at work.
Nell also lives with her mute and oppressive brother, Barrett, who she seems to always rely on. Barrett, however, doesn’t think Nell should try so hard to be like all the other girls. Barrett shows much sympathy towards Nell and everything she’s going through, but he also manipulates and controls her in many ways. Nell finally meets someone at work who’s nice to her, but that is short-lived when Nell is slighted by her new ‘friend’. Nell’s character slowly unleashes a barrage of obsession and jealousy and creates a darkness that can be felt through each line of the story thereafter.
The Pretty Ones is a psychological thriller filled with raw, human emotion and very dark vibes.
I CALL UPON THEE
The next thriller is about Maggie, a fairly normal girl growing up in Savannah, Georgia with her normal family and her Gothic sister who loves scaring her with terrifying and creepy ghost stories.
However, Maggie feels some bizarre hold over her from one of the stories her sister tells her, and this sets her on the most dangerous path of her life. Things really seem to escalate from there when she decides to buy an Ouija board on her twelfth birthday, not knowing that this will change her life forever from the evil that she invited into their house.
Now, after her sister Brynn dies she is forced to return to the sweltering heat of Savannah and come to terms with her past and this house, the very place she escaped from. It’s been three long years since Maggie ran away from there, the place she’s convinced she caused to be haunted. Yes, she ran away from it but left her family there to deal with the evil that she invited into their house. But the moment Maggie steps into the foyer of her family home, she knows… the darkness is still there… and it’s been waiting all this time for Maggie to return
‘Apart in the Dark’ is no doubt a terrifying read, and I thoroughly love it. It seriously kept me scared and on the edge of my seat the entire time, while stirring many emotions within me that I’ve always tried to forget.
About the book Author
Ania Ahlborn is the bestselling author of the horror thrillers Brother, Within These Walls, The Bird Eater, The Shuddering, The Neighbors, and Seed, and the novellas The Pretty Ones and I Call Upon Thee. Born in Ciechanow, Poland, she lives in South Carolina with her husband and their dog. Visit AniaAhlborn.com or follow the author on Facebook and Twitter @AniaAhlbornAuthor.
Title: Apart in the Dark
Author: Ania Ahlborn
Published Date: January 16, 2018
Genre: Horror Fiction, Ghost Story
Publisher: Gallery Books
Pages: 384 pages
Reviewed by: Sarah Hopkins
Our Rating: 4.0 /5
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