Friday Book Share was created by Shelley Wilson. Anyone can have a go – all you need to do is answer the following questions based on a book you are currently reading/finished reading this week and use the hashtag #FridayBookShare. The rules are as follow:
First line of the book.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb.
Introduce the main character using only three words.
Delightful design (add the cover image of the book).
Audience appeal (who would enjoy reading this book?)
Your favorite line/scene.
I’ve been reading The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa.
First line: Elias Hatch is an old soul who spends each day trusting the dead.
Recruit fans by adding the book blurb: A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statuary in Old Willow Cemetery. In Concord, Massachusetts, the surrounding woods are alive with the spirits of transcendentalists Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, is the last of modern-day transcendentalists. Does he know the secret power buried in Old Willow Cemetery? Would he ever reveal it?
Next door to this cemetery is a lovely gabled house. When the Brooke family moves in, the secret of Old Willow strikes. On a cold afternoon in March, five-year-old Henry Brooke does not arrive home from the school bus stop. Antonia Brooke is frantic her child is missing, or—the unspeakable—stolen. Adam Brooke spends a harrowing night searching the Concord woods, fear gripping him as hours pass with no leads.
Finally, a police dog tracks Henry’s scent inside Old Willow Cemetery. Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to Henry. Balducci knows Hatch’s metaphysical beliefs. What Balducci discovers buried in the cemetery is beyond the grave, beyond apparitions or shadowy drifts rushing through the pine trees.
There are the dazzled faces in the darkened air … and their secret.
The Dazzling Darkness is a supernatural mystery that parallels science with spirituality by exploring consciousness, death, and the afterlife.
Introduce the main character: This is more of an ensemble cast, so there really isn’t a MC, but these characters are varying degrees of mysterious, desperate, and secretive.
Audience appeal: Fans of supernatural mysteries would be all over this one!
Favorite line/scene: Stay focused. Don’t get distracted. But this momentary distraction confirmed that if memories surfaced so easily, his instincts were heightening. Intuitive energy flows from subconscious to conscious. A familiar tingling penetrated his skin; the arc of the circle was tightening. He walked the yard to the linden trees where the lowering sun made the pieces of sky collect into strings. Let go and let nature guide me.