#Review “Out of Darkness” by Darcia Helle

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on Tour March 1-31, 2019


5/5 Stars!

Private Investigator Joe Cavelli has gotten used to hearing voices.

That the voices belong to spirits no longer among the living isn’t a biggie either. He knows a gift he’d buried in childhood has a purpose and is part of who he is and his own personal destiny. Joe assists ghosts (if you will) with solving the mystery behind their demise or tying up loose ends from their lives before they move on to the next realm. Sometimes tears are shed, and emotions run high, but Joe is left with a sense of satisfaction and peace.

His wife, brother and best friend are privy to Joe’s sideline… and life goes on. No pun intended.

Until Angus “Gus” Smith arrives.

Gus is rude, foul-mouthed, obnoxious, pushy, sarcastic… and just plain mean. He was guided to Joe by Max (spirit number one) but he has nothing else to tell Joe. How he died, why he died or where his body is.

Just that he keeps ending up the dark place.

With absolutely no trail to follow, Joe walks a fine line piecing together the life of Angus Smith. With each new bit of information Joe finds, bits of Gus’ memory return, making him even angrier.

But with the help of Everett and his endless game of Clue, the stern Leah and far-out and funky Martin, Mystical Matrix Magician Sebastian, harmonizers Avis and Siva, and even one of the men who attacked him, Gus comes to understand his anger is hindering Joe’s investigation, and his own ability to escape the dark place.

Gus’ new sense of acceptance and direction bring plot twists with them that are jaw-dropping. I’d finally gotten over (mostly) learning about Uncle Leo’s slaughtered meat… and the secret ingredient, to learn the root cause behind  Gus’ condition was even more evil and disgusting… and Gus wasn’t even aware of it.

Stellar writing and complex characters make this page-turner also a study in enlightenment—not new age or anything like that—but into ourselves.

We live with the premise things we say can and do hurt others, but Out of Darkness shows how we can do just as much—if not more—damage to ourselves with our own words and emotions.

Joe’s wife, Alexis, gets gold stars for being the supportive wife of the millennium. His assistant, Tia, is priceless and all too happy to join in the paranormal investigation, and I may even kinda, sorta like Det. Nolan… a little.

This read is definitely a wild ride with a fantastic ending I recommend to everyone.

All parties are guilty of something… just not what you think.




Out of the Darkness by Darcia Helle

Gus wakes up in a dark void with no memory and no body. Screaming and cursing does him no good. He’s trapped, until he learns about one man who can help.

Joe Cavelli is a PI who hears ghosts, solves their murders, and sometimes fixes their personal problems. Now he finds himself pestered by an invisible, impatient, and brash amnesiac.

Solving cases for ghosts comes with a unique set of circumstances. This time, Joe can’t even claim to be investigating a murder, since Gus’s body is nowhere to be found. Together, Joe and Gus delve into Gus’s past, uncovering clues that lead to a startling conclusion.

Book Details:

Genre: Paranormal Suspense
Published by: Indie
Publication Date: February 12, 2019
Number of Pages: 300
Series: Joe Cavelli, Paranormal PI Book 2
Purchase Links: Amazon |Goodreads



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12 thoughts on “#Review “Out of Darkness” by Darcia Helle

  1. Felicia, you’ve made my day, and perhaps my month! Thank you so much for taking the time to read my book, and for writing such a thoughtful review!

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      1. You will love this series! Book 1 is a must-read to understand Joe’s mindset about his gift, but it is an awesome read too that I also gave 5 stars! (You can find that review here – https://nesiesplace.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/review-into-the-light-darcia-helle/ )

        Even with the element of the unknown, this series has become a favorite because it’s 100% relatable. I volunteered to read book 1 for a blog tour and purchased it before I reached the end, then preordered book 2! Yes, I’m hooked and I know you will be too. Enjoy, and thanks for stopping by!

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