A dark mix of contemporary romance and mystery with a startling twist
Kerry Cole has masterfully written a captivating story of contemporary love, romance and mystery, with a startling twist. Darcus is not the kind of lover any woman would want to keep, yet it seems there’s no way of getting rid of him. He secretly plots to dominate, disempower and destroy Alice. Fortunately, Kes comes into her life at just the right time. He has learnt some hard lessons from his relationship with Ruby that ended in disaster and is able to see Alice’s true worth and lead her to freedom. Advised by the intuitive Taran, who is a fount of wisdom, Kes nurtures his new-found love and can finally put his own past hurts behind him.
Exit Darcus is a compelling love story with its fair share of tragedy and despair, lightened by endearing flashes of humour and subtle pearls of wisdom that the reader will find uplifting. Kerry’s perceptive insights into life and death situations make this novel so much more valuable to the reader than just fictional entertainment. This is a book that will also give men key insight into how they can make their relationships work better, while women will begin to more fully understand their infinite value. At the core of the book is the concept of living beyond ‘The Purple Veil,’ forsaking superficial love and transient pleasures and embracing a love that is real and lasting.
Kerry offers a perplexing insight into the way’s today’s young people look for love and romance yet find themselves short changed. It seems what they are really looking for lies far beyond the Purple Veil.
A captivating story
Kerry Cole creates an air of mystery from the start, leaving the reader to figure things out for themselves. There are questions you can’t wait to be answered. It seems confusing at first that much of the book is a story within a story, but the author brings the two stories together dramatically and everything starts to make sense. The first character to be introduced is Alice who comes across as a dark figure, living a reclusive life as a traveller, with some rather dubious connections. She has set up camp, with her horse and caravan in the mysterious Beulah estate where she unexpectedly meets Kes. The narrative suddenly backtracks into the supposedly idyllic world of three surfers, Kes, Blake and Taran who share a beach house paradise. It is carefree world where anything goes and people are bound to get hurt. Kerry offers a perplexing insight into the way’s today’s young people look for love and romance yet find themselves short changed. It seems what they are really looking for lies far beyond the Purple Veil.
Exit Darcus asks many questions and has many loose ends, but Kerry answers these and ties up the loose ends beautifully. Some of the environments she creates may sound too perfect for reality, and the characters could be fleshed out more deeply but this will be the challenge of further books. I have no doubt that there will be follow up books that focus on the concept of life beyond the Purple Veil. The reader will want to know how things work out with Taran and the girl he believes he will marry, and who will Darcus strike at next?