The Dazzling Darkness

The Dazzling Darkness

by Paula Cappa

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BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers' Favorite International Book Award, 2014.
A cemetery. A lost child. An ancient secret. Do you believe in ghosts? In Old Willow Cemetery, Elias Hatch protects the secret power buried inside his cemetery, and he knows five-year-old Henry Brooke has managed to get inside the locked gates. Who let him inside? Where is he now? Antonia Brooke and her husband Adam frantically search the woods and all of Concord to find their little boy. Not until Detective Mike Balducci discovers the crystal sculpture buried in Old Willow, not until he discovers the apparitions hiding within the woods, not until he discovers the dazzling faces inside the darkened air, does he find the clues to what happened to Henry Brooke in Concord, Massachusetts. This is a supernatural mystery about a family who confronts long-buried secrets of the dead. Do you believe in haunted cemeteries? Come into the dazzling darkness.

Midwest Book Review: "Paula Cappa is a master of the metaphysical mystery extraordinary and original storyteller of the first rank. Very highly recommended." 5-Stars

Satin Paperbacks: "A supernatural adventure ... steeped in fulsome imagination, twists and turns. Gripping and absorbing, this is worth your time."

5 STARS Outstanding Fiction "Dazzling sums up Paula Cappa's paranormal/supernatural novel ... an elegance and grace that seduces you."

BRONZE MEDAL WINNER, Readers' Favorite Book Award for Supernatural Fiction, 2014 "Beautiful and high standard writing style from start to finish ... a superb and classy supernatural novel." Readers' Favorite Reviews

"Fast-paced, sensually-vivid novel with an uncommon take on Transcendentalism ... characters alive with true-to-life dialogue and compelling descriptions ... suspenseful, heart-wrenching, and unique ... stunning conclusion ... this novel dazzles." Amy Belding Brown, author of Mr. Emerson's Wife.

"The spirit of Dan Brown meets the darkest and most somber ruminations of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Smooth, highly descriptive prose, Cappa explores transcendence and eternity--sending a shiver down your spine all along the way." Jonathan Stone, author of The Cold Truth, and, Moving Day.

Laura's Ramblin and Reviews 5 STARS "Supernatural mystery/thriller laced with Gothic horror. It reads like a classic, reminding me of a vintage bottle of wine. ... bold, fresh, almost poetic writing, I can honestly say, I was beguiled."

Paula Cappa is the recipient of the Chanticleer Book Award, the Eric Hoffer Book Award, Readers' Favorite International Bronze Medal for supernatural suspense, and a Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940148516309
Publisher: Paula Cappa
Publication date: 07/27/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 285
Sales rank: 718,830
File size: 731 KB

About the Author

Paula Cappa is an award-winning author. Her novels include Greylock, Night Sea Journey, A Tale of the Supernatural, and The Dazzling Darkness (Gothic Readers Book Club Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction, and, Readers’ Favorite Bronze Medal Award), published by Crispin Books. Her short fiction has appeared in Dark Gothic Resurrected Magazine, Whistling Shade Literary Journal, SmokeLong Quarterly, Sirens Call Ezine, Every Day Fiction, Fiction365, Twilight Times Ezine, and in anthologies Journals of Horror: Found Fiction, Mystery Time, and Human Writes Literary Journal. Cappa’s writing career began as a freelance journalist for newspapers in New York and Connecticut. She is a freelance copy editor and writes a weekly blog, Reading Fiction, Tales of Terror at

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The Dazzling Darkness 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite In The Dazzling Darkness by Paula Cappa, the Old Willow Cemetery is under the watch of its mysterious keeper, Elias Hatch. On March 20, when 5-year-old Henry Brooke fails to come home with his older sister, Detective Mike Balducci turns his attention to Hatch, and he’s about to discover the secret of the old cemetery. After reading The Dazzling Darkness I am pleasantly amazed with Paula Cappa’s beautiful and high standard writing style from start to finish. The pacing of the story is excellent, allowing me to really savor the plot. Cappa includes science, the afterlife, faith, mystery and even magic –- it is a comprehensive supernatural fiction which will delight the readers. I am not thoroughly familiar with transcendental philosophy, but I did gain more understanding of it through this novel. I could not help but think that Cappa might have some experience that motivated her to –- if I may say –- interpret Emerson’s “Nature” in her own way.  The Old Willow Cemetery is a perfect place to ponder on transcendence. The inclusion of poetry adds a nostalgic and classic quality to the story. The characters are very well-developed and it is evident that Paula Cappa gives enough attention to each of them. The settings have a tight descriptive element to easily let readers imagine each scene. The ending is perfect, where everything is tied up together flawlessly. All in all, a superb and classy supernatural novel from Paula Cappa. Readers will be both entertained and enlightened as well.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
Intriguing until it totally derails.  I cannot recommend this book.  The first third captured me -- the characters, the mysterious possibilities, the writing style - then it suddenly veered into Indiana Jones land.  This is not a lost-child detective story, or suspenseful, or spiritual.  It is an incomplete amalgam with little segue trying too hard to be too many things.  I applaud the author for the early sections of the book and will try another of her works before giving up on her, but otherwise a true disappointment.   
tpolen More than 1 year ago
This was fascinating, heart-wrenching, and literally breathtaking at times. A detective working on a missing child case has to set aside the logical and rational when all else fails and consider supernatural options. Well-developed characters, eerie setting, spine-tingling occurrences, intriguing premise - highly recommend to supernatural mystery fans.
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ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
Got in 15 pages, and stopped. Too many words. No story. If I have to work too hard, it isn't worth it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the worst book I've ever read....and man is that saying a lot..the story is so drab and has no flow. Read all the way threw trying to figure out what the hell was happening..a 5 year old could tell a much better story!!!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just couldn't get into this story as much made no sense at all. I finally gave up which is something I rarely do on any book.