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lull·a·by n. pl. lull·a·bies A soothing song with which to lull a child to sleep.
WHAT IT’S ABOUT:
At a tavern one Friday night, astrophysicist Gabriel Diaz meets a mysterious young woman. Captivated by her beauty as well as her views on good and evil, he spends the next several days with her. After a while, however, he begins to notice a strangeness in her…especially the way she seems to take pleasure in toying with his conscience.
The young woman, Kamilah, invites him to Rize, Turkey, where she claims her family owns a cottage in the woods. In spite of his heavy workload and the disturbing visions and nightmares about his sister’s baby that is due to be born soon, Gabriel agrees to go with her.
But nothing, not even the stunning beauty of the Black Sea, can disguise the horror of her nature…
In a place where death dwells and illusion and reality seem as one, Gabriel must now come to terms with his own demons in order to save his sister’s unborn child, and ultimately, his own soul.
Ok maybe not done, but that’s what I said when I got done with Dark Lullaby.
I needed this one after all of the romance I have been reading. Don’t get me wrong, I love romance, but after reading so many in one genre, one right after the other, I need something completely different to give my brain a little vacation.
I’m reading in other reviews that people are calling this horror, and I completely get that. It’s not horror in the bloody gory scare the pants off of you way. It’s horror in the mess with you mentally way.
I loved a lot of the conversation between characters in this book, deep stuff. Whether there is a higher power, good vs evil, free will and reasoning, is there such a thing as a soul that can’t be corrupted? Those kind of topics were what was going on in the tavern between Gabriel and Liz. I love having those discussions with people who can have them in a non-angry, my way or the highway manner and that’s how these two did it. Then Kamilah comes in. From her description, I assumed she was going to be on the the focus was on in the book. I hadn’t read the blurb because I like to surprise myself, but because of how she was introduced I couldn’t help but zero in on her.
Now, I don’t want to say what the evilness is in this book, what it is that is in her nature because I spent most of the book trying to guess that one myself and I hate spoilers, not doing that to you. I was surprised though with what the darkness of her nature actual was. When I found out, I was thrown a bit. I had never thought of this as pure evil before. Mischievous, slightly evil, yes. I guess if I were to really dig deep into the lore behind this particular being, I would come up with more than what I already know and that yes, throughout the ages, members of this group have been known to be very evil. I guess I have always thought of them as gray (the ability to choose between good and evil) beings vs white (always making good choices, almost as if they have no free will, they always choose good) or black (more than likely to choose evil). This was definitely an interesting take for me.
I loved it. Absolutely loved it. I remember catching myself holding my breath at one point during the book not knowing what was going to happen to Gabriel.
While it didn’t scare me, it did freak me out a bit. Excellent book if you are looking for something different that will mess with your head a little bit. I would definitely pick up more books by Mayra Calvani in the future.
MEET THE WRITER:
Mayra Calvani writes fiction and nonfiction for children and adults and has authored over a dozen books, some of which have won awards. Her stories, reviews, interviews and articles have appeared on numerous publications like The Writer, Writer’s Journal, Multicultural Review, Bloomsbury Review, and others.
She lives in Belgium with her husband of 25+ years, two wonderful kids, and her two beloved pets. When she’s not writing, editing, reading or reviewing, she enjoys walking with her dog, traveling, and spending time with her family. She’s represented by Serendipity Literary.