Book Review: Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan.

30 Apr
Book Review: Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan.

I would like to give many thanks to Author Katy Hogan for my copy of this book. I had read a few reviews of her book before I received it and it seemed to be very popular. I was happy to read this and to see for myself what I thought. On the back of Katy’s book it says:

“A person is like a candle’, he said ‘ The wick is the body, the flame is the soul, bringing light into the world”.

Katy also sent me a candle and a beautiful postcard / bookmark with butterflies on. As I read the book, I found this items so appropriate, thoughtful and enlightening. This is a truly beautiful book, and I am so glad that Katy asked me to review it. 



Following the sudden death of her beloved mother, Jessica Gibson’s world falls apart. But after meeting a man who seems heaven-sent, she starts to feel she has something to live for again, and soon discovers that their connection holds far more significance than she could ever have imagined. And when Jessica strikes an unlikely bond with Alexandra Green, the two new friends are taken on an emotional journey into the world of the supernatural, where psychic mediums pass on messages from beyond the grave. What — or who — is causing the strange goings-on in Alex’s home? What secret is she keeping from Jessica? And who is the young woman who so badly needs their help? In a series of surprising twists and turns, the pieces of the puzzle finally fall into place and a mystery is unwittingly solved — with life-changing consequences for all involved.
‘Out of the Darkness’ is an uplifting tale of friendship and redemption; of love and loss. And life…after death.

out of darkness

My Thoughts:

This is a book that will stay with me for a long time. It has feeling, emotion, love, loss and friendship of the truest kind. When I first started to read this, I was a little hesitant that it was going to be to sad, but I am so glad I read it. After the initial first chapter where Jessica is so eaten up by her grief, we see the start of the whole story coming together. We meet Alex who has her own concerns, and then we see the relationships between the characters develop. There are three main characters in this book, and in each one we can see their pain but also their incredible ability to love. 

There was one part in this book, that made me miss a breathe for a moment. It took me totally by surprise and it was a key element to the story which for me brought it all together. This was the moment in the book where I knew it was a 5 star read and I would be thinking about it long after I had finished reading. There are many aspects which got me thinking in this book, aside from the characters and the plot. For me, this made me think about fate, and a saying that I was once told by someone special:

“What’s for you, won’t go by you!”

As I read, the images on the cover of the book became more and more relevant, and although I liked the cover before I read the book, I really like it now that I have finished reading it. 

The Author is a very talented and empathetic writer, her descriptive words create such images in the readers minds that I was totally encapsulated into this story and into Jessica and Alex’s lives. Katy Hogan speaks with true spiritual wisdom, and her words will bring comfort to many who read this book. Just one example of many:

“Distance is merely physical, she reflected. If you are close in your hearts, close in a spiritual sense, then no matter how far the distance, you are still together – always”

There is so much I could say about this book, but I want to finish this review with a song that will forever make me think of this book. If you have read you will know. If you haven’t read, GO READ! 








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21 responses to “Book Review: Out of the Darkness by Katy Hogan.

  1. Florence

    April 30, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    It sounds like a definite read for me, such an excellent review and I love the link to the Kinks.

    • chocolatepages

      May 1, 2016 at 11:09 am

      Thank you, the Author Katy Hogan actually messaged me to say that she is forwarding my review to the actual Kinks!!!! How cool is that!!

  2. Jess Powell (Babi a Fi)

    May 1, 2016 at 6:48 pm

    This sounds like an awesome read! I love books that really stay with you afterwards. x #KCACOLS

  3. The Belgian Reviewer

    May 2, 2016 at 7:59 am

    Wow, seems like a great author and a great book !

    • chocolatepages

      May 2, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Yes, I’m hoping that she will write more. Thank you for your comments.

  4. Someone's Mum

    May 3, 2016 at 5:06 am

    Sounds like a great read. It’s wonderful that you were able to takr so much from it. Thanks so much for linking with #KCACOLS. I hope you can come back next Sunday.

    • chocolatepages

      May 3, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Thank you, it was a wonderful book. I will see you again on Sunday.

  5. theparentingjungle

    May 3, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Oh I love a book review! I am keen to check this one out now. I like what was sent with it that is lovely!#KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      May 3, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      Thank you, I was to quick to burn the candle that the Author gave me and forgot to take a photo of it.

  6. irena_bookdustmagic

    May 4, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    What a wonderful review! You can feel it touched you emotionally.
    And the book also looks bautiful and it was so nice from the author to send you a candle and a postcart with it. It was a good gesture.

  7. Sara Handy Herbs

    May 5, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Great review! I am not familiar with the author, but it looks an interesting novel 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #KCACOLS. Hope you return next week 🙂

    • chocolatepages

      May 5, 2016 at 5:21 pm

      Thank you, I will certainly be back. kcacols is my favourite linky. 🙂

  8. fairyqueen

    May 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Sounds like a great read and I love the way you have put the review together, really engaging:)

    mainy – myrealfairy


  9. practicalbydefault

    May 5, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    I absolutely love to read! Thank you for sharing this review! #KCACOLS

    • chocolatepages

      May 6, 2016 at 5:22 pm

      Thank you, so do I. It has made reading even more enjoyable to be able to blog about it.

  10. rachelbustin blog (@RachelBustin)

    May 6, 2016 at 3:23 pm

    My type of book! I do love reading your book reviews xx

    thanks for linking up with #puddinglove

  11. Petite Pudding

    May 8, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Sounds like a good read – I need to find some time to get back into books. After your review I think I will put this one on my list of must reads. Thanks for linking #PuddingLove

    • chocolatepages

      May 9, 2016 at 5:03 pm

      I do enjoy a bit of me time to read my books. It’s pure escapism. I hope you can find some time too.


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