By Rebecca Camarena
In Dark Lullaby, author Mayra Calvani has successfully managed to combine many aspects in her novel; thriller, paranormal, mystery and romance.
Gabriel Diaz, the main character is an Astrophysicist that believes in the higher good and that everything can be explained by science and logic. Or so he thinks. A chance encounter with a strikingly beautiful young woman lures him to her in an almost spell bound way and Gabriel’s thinking and world begins to unravel. Worried about his twin sister and the impending birth of her child and yet against his better judgment he follows Kamilah half way around the world to her hometown of Rize, Turkey. There Gabriel and Kamilah continue their love affair even as Gabriel gets sick and strange things begin to happen, faces appear in the trees, the sound of babies crying, and when he glance at Kamilah’s feet he could swear they were backwards. Gabriel believes he is losing his mind since he’s already lost his cell phone and his passport. He must begin to deal with his demons even as the mystery of Kamilah continues to be stranger and stranger.
Dark Lullaby is a roller coaster ride of thriller and paranormal that is a page turner. I enjoyed learning about Turkish Folklore and how it was integrated into the story. Calvani continues the mystical at the end of the story and perhaps a hint of what might happen if there is a second book of which I would enthusiastically welcome.
About Dark Lullaby
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.
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About Mayra Calvani
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.
Visit her website at www.MayraCalvani.com.