Mary Nelson’s murder shocked the small town of Jackson. The vibrant, young college student disappeared on her way home. A week later her body was found in the trunk of a burning car. No suspects. No evidence. No case.
Ella Reynolds’ life had finally turned around. With a new book released, the past safely tucked away, and a burgeoning romance, she begins to live again. Then a plea from a woman whose daughter’s murder remains unsolved ignites Ella’s curiosity—and drags her back into the dark world she fought so desperately to escape.
Curiosity turns to obsession as Ella inches closer to the truth—and the murderer begins to claim new victims.
I had to go back and start with Dark Corners before reading Dark Passing because it’s the second book in the series. I don’t like reading things out of order, it makes me go a little nutty! I really enjoyed the first book, especially the whole “is she crazy or is she haunted?” theme. In the first book, Ella moves into a new house that was willed to her husband, who very quickly dies. I don’t want to give anything away, but the book is basically a struggle to find out what happened and t determine if Ella is really totally nuts or if the house is actually haunted.
In Dark Passing, Ella knows what it’s like to need answers, so when the mom of a murdered girl comes knocking, she can’t turn away. She helps the mom find out what happened to her daughter, who was killed while walking home from her boyfriend’s house. Ella is also experiencing a blossoming relationship with Gabriel, which adds a nice touch of romance to the story.
The great thing about Dark Corners and Dark Passing is that they accommodate both mystery and paranormal fans. Those who enjoy straight-up mysteries will love the storyline in Dark Passing because it really is a “whodunnit?” On the flip side, fans of the paranormal will enjoy the spooky atmosphere and the ghosts that come along for the ride. If you didn’t read Dark Corners, don’t fret, you can enjoy Dark Passing without reading the first story and still keep up just fine. Still, to get the full effect, you really should read both in order.
Author Liz Schulte is giving away a mystery-themed basket to go along with her mystery-themed novels. Make sure you enter!