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Dark Lullaby - Mayra Calvani Horror Book Review
Horror books Review
Reviewed by Gina Holland for RebeccasReads (5/08)
Do you remember Rosemary’s Baby? A scary novel and film that made lots and lots of money, it has nothing on the novel “Dark Lullaby,” which was terrific, thrilling and mind bending! The story is actually much different than Rosemary’s Baby, but I’m reminded all the same. There is a baby involved, but that comes later. Mayra Calvani did an excellent job writing, and I was so captivated by the book, I kept turning the pages, no matter how many other things I needed to do.
“Dark Lullaby” starts off with two young people who have just ended a long-term relationship months before, but still remain friends. Gabriel and Liz are definitely two different people, but both have a great heart and love for family. Gabriel thinks about moving on with his life, but Liz is still madly in love. Liz finds it hard to stay friends, so she is contemplating staying away from him. Then, while sitting together in a public place, discussing their opinions on different subjects, a beautiful young lady named Kamilah joins in on the conversation. Immediately, Gabriel is mesmerized by her looks and the way she speaks. Liz is very agitated by Kamilah’s intrusion, as she sees the sparks fly between Kamilah and Gabriel. If it wasn’t jealousy before for Liz, it will be now.
Gabriel has a twin sister named Elena, who is getting very close to giving birth to a baby girl. Elena and her husband Brandon had a baby once that died. So both are very nervous about this birth. The doctors tell Elena she has nothing to worry about; the baby is going to be fine. Elena keeps in constant touch with Gabriel and since they are so very close, she wants Gabriel to be at the birth of the baby with her. He has taken a week’s vacation from his job just to be there with his loving sister.
After Gabriel and Kamilah meet, they start spending all their time together. A lot of strange things are happening for Gabriel, Liz, and also for Elena and her husband Brandon. Things that none of them seem to be able to explain. Does any of this strangeness have anything to do with Kamilah? Bad dreams are becoming too real for Gabriel and Elena. They may not be the exact same dream but they are disturbing dreams nonetheless. The more Gabriel is with Kamilah, the stranger things seem to get.
When Gabriel and Kamilah take a long trip to Kamilah’s homeland the week before he is to go visit his sister Elena, Gabriel starts realizing that something is wrong, very, very wrong. He has lost his cell phone, knowing for sure he packed it, he blacks out at times and the only explanation Kamilah has for him is that he fell asleep. He starts to feel sick and he has a strange pain on his left side. What is going on? He can’t help but wonder if all of this has something to do with Kamilah; with her beauty, her hot to the touch skin, and her childish nature. Are his dreams of someone doing something bad to him, real?
If you read this novel, you will be so fascinated that you will not want it to end. I, for one, am in hopes that Calvani will be kind enough to write a sequel to her novel. The ending is very stunning, surprising and will leave you with wonder. There is no other way to describe this book other than it was a terrific read. I wanted to read every word. I commend Mayra on “Dark Lullaby,” and I look forward to her future novels.