Monday, February 24, 2014

Straight Reading from the Library: Struck by Clarissa Johal

We're talking about STRUCK by Clarissa Johal at The Library today. Clarissa will be awarding an ecopy of STRUCK to three (3) randomly drawn commenters during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.


The shadows hadn't been waiting.
The shadows had been invited.

After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift--one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister... for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.

Ms. Johal shares with us a tale of darkness and evil.  Gwynneth finds herself involved with a strange man and shadows that she doesn't understand-- are they evil or are they helping her with her art?

The characters are well drawn and likeable. The relationships between the characters are believable.  It is obvious that Gwynneth and her best friend, Seth, are fond of each other--even more than fond. However, it's not quite that obvious to them.

The secondary characters are also delightful and I would love to see them again, especially Poppy.  She is delightful and, as an aside, sees spirits.

The action is fast paced-- I read the book in one sitting and look forward to reading more by this author.


Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.

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  1. Thank you for taking the time to review and host STRUCK, Judith!

  2. Wonderful review... and see, I got a completely different "feel" from this one and the other one I read. I'm fascinated. mnark111 AT gmail DOT com