The Dazzling Darkness

The Dazzling Darkness

by Paula Cappa


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The Dazzling Darkness is a supernatural thriller set in Concord, Mass.

"The spirit of Dan Brown meets the darkest ruminations of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Cappa explores transcendence and eternity, sending a shiver down your spine all along the way."- Jonathan Stone, author of the Julian Palmer mysteries.

A secret lies buried beneath the haunting statues of Old Willow Cemetery in Concord, Massachusetts. The nearby woods are alive with the spirits of Emerson, Thoreau, and Alcott. Does Elias Hatch, the cemetery keeper, know the power hiding in the old graveyard?

On a cold afternoon in March, a neighbor boy, five-year-old Henry Brooke, goes missing. His parents are frantic as hours pass.

Then, a police dog tracks Henry's scent inside the nearby cemetery.

Detective Mike Balducci suspects that Elias Hatch knows the truth about what happened to the young boy. As shadowy apparitions drift through the trees, Balducci will struggle to unravel the secrets of the dazzled faces in the darkened air in this gripping thriller.

Paula Cappa is also the author of Night Sea Journey: A Tale of the Supernatural, and her short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals and anthologies. She lives in Pound Ridge, New York.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781883953614
Publisher: Great Lakes Literary
Publication date: 11/10/2013
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.65(d)

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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.