Dark Corners

Dark Corners

by Liz Schulte

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Ella Reynolds knew from the first moment she walked into the old house someone or something was watching her. Waiting. Her husband's violent murder sent her spiraling into a world of grief and isolation, but Ella isn't alone. Who or what is responsible for her husband's death is still with her. Darkness has engulfed the past year of Ella's life. Everyday reality slips a little more between her fingers as she struggles to break free from her memories. She must look deeper into her past as well as the present to discover truth of her husband's homicide. A string of uncanny events takes place and practical explanations run thin as Ella follows the terrifying road to closure. As the past and present come to a head, Ella must decipher who or what the murderer is before it takes her as well.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045075800
Publisher: Liz Schulte
Publication date: 11/02/2012
Series: Ella Reynolds , #2
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 69,640
File size: 409 KB

About the Author

Many authors claim to have known their calling from a young age. Liz Schulte, however, didn't always want to be an author. In fact, she had no clue. Liz wanted to be a veterinarian, then she wanted to be a lawyer, then she wanted to be a criminal profiler. In a valiant effort to keep from becoming Walter Mitty, Liz put pen to paper and began writing her first novel. It was at that moment she realized this is what she was meant to do. As a scribe she could be all of those things and so much more. When Liz isn’t writing or on social networks she is inflicting movie quotes and trivia on people, reading, traveling, and hanging out with friends and family. Liz is a Midwest girl through and through, though she would be perfectly happy never having to shovel her driveway again. She has a love for all things spooky, supernatural, and snarky. Her favorite authors range from Edgar Allen Poe to Joseph Heller to Jane Austen to Jim Butcher and everything in between.

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Dark Corners 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 57 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great page turner Love her work Cant wait to read more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome spooky mystery. While i figured out 'who done it' 2/3rds into the story it was interesting to see how the writer pieced it all together, and there was a surprise ending which i liked.
tweezle More than 1 year ago
I devoured horror stories growing up, with my favorite authors being Alfred Hitchcock and Edgar Allan Poe. There is just something about the old classic scary stories - hair raising, creepy without the gore. I have been craving those types of stories, but had figured they were gone with the times. Then along came Liz Shulte with her novel "Dark Corners" and finally - finally, a hair raising, creepy story that actually kept me guessing throughout the whole novel! This story takes place in an old, old home that had been handed down through Ella's husband's family for generations. Her husband was the last of the bloodline to inherit the home. From the time they moved in, weird things started happening inside the house, but it seemed Ella was the one who could see or hear them. Then, when she came home from a business trip, Ella found her husband murdered and was sure it had something to do with the house. The police and neighbors have another theory - that Ella killed her husband. So sets the stage of this paranormal thriller. Ella was a realistic character with enough pain and confusion about her husband's death that she self-medicates with alcohol and prescriptions that her psychiatrist gives her. One wonders if it is her imagination that is creating these events, but at other times, they are so real - so believable, that you can't help but think that they are true. I flip-flopped throughout the whole novel trying to figure out who, what, where, and why this was all going on. With all the twists, I hadn't a clue what was going on until pretty much the very end of the story and then by a lucky guess, figured it out! Move over Agatha Christie, Liz Shulte will give you a real run for your money with this story! Liz is an exceptionally captivating writer and I must say, after reading this, I CAN'T WAIT for her next novel to come out. This is definitely one author to keep an eye on! This book comes HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I honestly loved this book. Although there were fairly many typos, it was still one of my favorite books ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story. Is it a ghost story or a mystery or both? Definately a page turner as you try to figure out what is happening. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I could not put it down! I loved how the writer gave you insight to what happened to Ella's past while keeping you up to date at the same time.
Ladybug07999 More than 1 year ago
2 Days . . . Heart Pounding . . . Noise Checking Madness That ends with the chills . . . Yep, this about sums up my experience with this book. I honestly don't want to give anything about this book away. However, I do want to suggest that you pick up a copy and get started reading right away. Be prepared to be confused, never really knowing who done it. Take all noise making objects out of the hands of others, because at some point you will begin to feel a little jumpy. Heck, last night I couldn't even sleep with my foot hanging outside of the covers. I experienced moments of heart pounding anxiety that had me putting the book down for a moment. Only to pick it back up because I swear it was calling my name. Then to top it off, it had to go and end with CHILLS!!! Very well written, bravo!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The main character is a bit hard to like as she is so stanoffish, however the suspense makes the book worth reading. There are a few lines where it seems that words are missing, so could use better editing.
RavenswoodPublishing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"DARK CORNERS" BY LIZ SCHULTEI am sitting here in my living room, right now, writing this review and I am still looking around me and in all the possible dark places scared to death that someone might be hiding there. This book caught me from the beginning in an iron vise-grip and did not let me go. I stayed up until 7 am yesterday morning reading this book. I say yesterday because it's already almost midnight here now and I am actually a little afraid to go to bed because the husband isn't here. Those of you out there reading this may think, "this chick is crazy" but trust me when you read this book you will understand. Liz Schulte is a phenomenal writer and this book freaked me out! I kept screaming at the main character Ella to "GET OUT OF THE HOUSE!" But of course, as characters often do... she didn't listen. This book is not just a paranormal type ghost story, it's a thriller, murder mystery, drama, and horror all rolled into one. I would advise anyone out there that enjoys a good scare and likes being afraid to close their eyes at night to read this book. I am chomping at the bit to read more of Liz's works and plan to seek them out, she is a writer that reminds me much of one of my all time faves Karin Slaughter but with an extreme paranormal edge, completely all her own. Definitely pick up this book!Kitty Bullard / GMTA Public Relations Manager
greisn1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scary stories aren't really my thing. I'm not a fan of blood and guts, and when I was asked to read and review Dark Corners, I was a little bit skeptical. The only reason I even decided to read it was because of the paranormal aspect, and boy I'm glad I did.Ella's house, and life, seems haunted. After moving with her husband from the large city of Chicago to the small neighborhood of Wilmington, Ella starts to think she is losing her mind when she suddenly begins to hear and see things that even her own husband can't explain (or see.) But when she returns from a Book Tour to find a grisly scene in her kitchen, things take a turn for the worst. One year later, Ella is an over-medicated alcoholic who has been socially outcast since the police announced she was no longer a suspect in her husband's death.The journey that Ella takes while trying to find who (or what) killed her husband is fascinating and very, very suspenseful. I spent most of this book trying to figure out the ending. As a person who believes in ghosts and who has had her own encounter with one, I found all of the mysterious (and terrifying) things going on in Ella's house fascinating.One major part of the book was Ella's constant flashbacks, which gave you insight into her relationship with Danny and her personality before his death. I thought that those were an amazing way to add to Ella's character development.All-in-all, this is a truly great book. I didn't want to put it down the minute I picked it up, and Liz Schulte definitely knows how to draw a reader in. I wouldn't recommend reading it in the dark though!
autumnblues on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Edgy, creepy paranormal thriller. Dark Corners is a mix of suspense, thrill, and ghostly expectations all wrapped up into a little bundle. It left me feeling utterly spooked, wondering what was going to happen next, and even had me checking the dark corners in my own home. The main character, Ella, seems to be reserved when it comes to acquaintances and friendships, and moving into a small town has left her feeling exceptionally lonely. But now more than ever, after her husband was brutally murdered in their lovely home. A home that never felt quite right to Ella from the first day when she set foot in the beautiful old Victorian mansion. A home that has been in her husband's family for generations, in a quaint small town, where everyone knows everyone else's business. Ella is now left with an empty home and a longing of wanting to find out who truly murdered her husband. But her home is not totally empty, as Ella is convinced the ghost who haunts her home, has taken the life of the man she married. That changes when Detective Gabriel tries to convince her otherwise. Detective Gabriel who had been assigned to the case of her husbands murder, seems to somehow wiggle his way back into Ella's life a year later and she finds comfort and friendship in his mannerisms. But Ella has convinced herself that Gabriel is only helping her solve her husbands murder, while also watching out for her, as her home continues to mysteriously have a life of its own. As Ella races from room to room, doors open and close, unlock and re-lock and the food disappears from her refrigerator. The story leaves you at first fully convinced the ghost that lurks in her home has taken the life of her husband. But ghosts don't necessary kill people, not in the way her husband was murdered, at least this is what Gabriel has told her. This keeps you on the edge of your seat as other characters present themselves throughout the book. You find yourself wondering if it was someone human instead. But what about all the ghostly happenings in Ella's home? How does one just brush that aside? Could it be her creepy neighbor that did it? How about Gabriel himself that seems to find Ella interesting and attractive? This book is one I did not want to stop reading as it always felt like I would miss something that was going to happen soon. Dark Corners really kept my feelings of anticipation running and the ending itself was quite a surprise. The writing style of Schutle runs smooth and is easy to read, even in the middle of the night. I loved reading this book as it contains the perfect balance of paranormal without any gore, scary enough to make me paranoid of the noises in my own home, yet not give me bad dreams. A combination of paranormal and suspenseful, who-dun-it.
recupefashion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
At first I really did not get into this book, it was hard for me to concentrate or really sink into it. I really don't know why, maybe it's the way she writes that isn't familiar to me.But whatever it was, it took me at least 4 chapters for me before I got into the book and really started to feel this story. But I'm glad I stuck with it because once I started to get into it I was more able to follow the book. I won,t say that it's a classic but it's quite readable.IT keeps you guessing all along, and the plot is not so bad, I think it could be a bit better, The story hold itself well but lacks some convincing at some point in the story. I think she could have develop this story a lot more and make it more suspenseful for us the readers. I was left on my appetite all along, it never really gripped me, which is why I say it is a light read. I,m used to reading horror and heavy thrillers, so this was quite the light suspense for me.It's the story of a newly married couple that moves into the husband house that he inherited from his side of the family. But Ela a horror book author, the wife, finds the house quite cold and uninviting. From the start she hears strange noises, lights flickering, things disappearing, doors closing and widows shutting on their own.Her husband doesn't witness any of those things, so he laughs at her and makes fun of her in front of their friends. Until one day, their dog dies from mysterious causes and she falls from the stairs and they all think including the shrink that she tried to commit suicide and in this accident she loses their baby.Then afterwards she goes on a book signing tour and when she comes back, she finds her husband murdered in her kitchen. Naturally everyone thinks she did it, including her best friend.But there is one cop, Gabriel who believes she is innocent he starts to help her out to prove her innocence. She is certain that a ghost is haunting her house and that it killed her husband, but everyone is calling her insane, but Gabriel is not calling her insane. He listens to her, and believes her.So together they will search the house and look for proof for this ghost. You'll be surprised at the twisted ending of this book.I'm telling you this book is worth reading, it's just that it could be a bit stronger for me, suspense wise.I give it 3/5
DragonLibrary8 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: Dark Corners is brilliantly written. Liz Schulte is obviously a very talented writer. I was captured by the prologue and didn't put the book down until I was finished. The writing is visually descriptive. It's vivid, detailed, and concise. This story reads so smoothly that it was as if I was hearing it played out instead of reading words. You literally "feel" the emotional turmoil that is Ella's life. When I got to the bar scene I laughed out loud. After 20+ years working as a bartender, I was thrilled to see such a genuine bar scene and she captured it so perfectly! The world that she has built for her story is realistic and her characters are so lifelike that they are easy to invest in. Ella's experiences with the people in her town, the police, her so called friends, and her horrid doctor became personal; it was like I knew her! The story is filled with mystery and intrigue. I was on the edge of my seat many times, wondering what was coming next! You will have to read it to find out more!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never would have thought the best friends husband would have killed ell as husband nor his own wife was a very good book
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Creepy at times. Heart pounding at others. Predictable ending if you pay attention. I cant wait to get the next book in the series
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The main character is quite quirky and is unlike any character I've "met" before. It was a refreshing change if pace. I even liked the ending. Can't wait to read the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
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Enjoyed this book. Would read more books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book already has me suspicous of 3 ppl and I'm only on page 98 of 207....Bravo! I usually don't read horror but the lure of the paranormal sucked me in and now I can' t wait for the end..I may pull an all nighter for this one! ;-)
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pinkCricket More than 1 year ago
Excellent book,could not put it down!