Book Review: From Ashes by Sandy Deluca

From Ashes by Sandy DeLuca
(DarkFuse)

Angie’s battle with cancer is over, but her confrontation with evil has just begun.  Memories of a woman, named Mariella Lewis, who lived and died years ago, begin to haunt to her. The two women have a dark and unsettling connection within the haunted halls and rooms of Stone County Hospital.  Nurses there are not of this world and  patients are trapped in eternal agony.  Rituals to an ancient Goddess named Cerridwen take place within the hospital’s crumbling walls.

Gradually  Mariella’s thoughts and deeds become stronger and  a forgotten incident from Angie’s childhood intertwines with mounting terror.  Cerridwen has brought Angie and Mariella together.

Cerridwen never forgets words whispered in innocence, or blood offerings she has received.  She comes to claim Angie.  Demons join the dark Goddess in her quest to possess yet another soul.  Angie’s battle within the walls of Stone Country hospital have just begun and her suffering may be eternal…

First released in December 2009 Sandy DeLuca’s “From Ashes” is available again from our good friends over at DarkFuse.

If you haven’t yet read anything by Sandy DeLuca what the hell are you waiting for. I read and reviewed her absolutely brilliant novel “Descent” and immediately knew that Sandy was something special.

“From Ashes” is the second book I have had the pleasure to read and forgive me for repeating myself, but in my opinion it is absolutely brilliant.

Angie is fighting cancer and as anyone who has been through this with a loved one, you know what it is like. Sandy captures Angies struggles profoundly, the self doubts, the thoughts of dying and the impact is has on her best friend and father. Some of Angies struggles moved me to tears.

Angie is also fighting against nightmares she is having about another woman, from another time, that seems to be invading her sleep and even her waking moments.

As children, Angie and her best friend dabbled where they shouldn’t have and what they did as children will come back to haunt her.

“From Ashes” slowly ratchets up the tension with each page as more and more is revealed. The atmosphere is dark, thick and stifling.

Sandy’s characterizations are wonderful. I really came to care for Angie and all that she is going through. Having lost a parent to cancer I was able to relate to her struggle on a very personal level.

And for those of you that have phobias about hospitals you might have second thoughts about reading this book. Stone County Hospital will forever change the way you look at hospitals again, I know I will.

Stone County Hospital is a thing of nightmares and darkness. Though I wouldn’t consider “From Ashes” a “haunted house” tale, Stone County Hospital is one the scariest places I have had the pleasure to read about in a very long time.

If you like being emotionally rocked by a tale, love being terribly frightened and most of all just enjoying reading a master craftsman at work, “From Ashes” is a book that should be at the top of your TBR pile and I give it my highest recommendation.

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