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Dark Avenging Angel by [Cavendish, Catherine]
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Length: 154 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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"I have not felt this excited by a horror writer since reading Susan Hill. I look forward to reading more from this hugely talented author." - Ajoobacats

"This author has an uncanny of illustrating the dark and disturbed while refusing to relent until the final climax" - Horrornews.net

Product Details

  • File Size: 724 KB
  • Print Length: 154 pages
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (August 4, 2015)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00WYTF3C0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,522,463 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Douglas C. Meeks TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 31, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I struggled with the decision of giving this a 4 or 5 Star review rating, I finally gave it 4.5 and rounded it off to 5 because while there were some weak points it kept my attention and you kept wondering how things would play out. The story is riveting and if you read the teaser be warned you will almost have to get the book just so you can see her evil father get his "reward".

The weak point in all of this is our heroine who spends the great majority of this book being a victim to somebody and the fact that most of the books I read that have female heroines are strong and forceful, she is weak and mousy except at random times.

Bottom Line: This is a book you won't be able to put down, the story , the characters and the epilogue ending were all done exceptionally I thought and above all it is most likely a story i will remember for a very long time. Most books I read can't say that.
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Dark Avenging Angel is hard to categorize into a specific genre. While there are horrific elements in it, it is not horror. The best I can come up with is supernatural mystery. The Amazon synopsis is pretty much right on the money so I won’t repeat what is already written there.

I am certain that some readers may complain that the pacing of the story is slow. Nearly half of the novel passes before the Dark Angel really comes into play. However Ms. Cavendish does a more than admirable job describing and showing the results forged by domestic violence on its victims. Jane’s father is truly a detestable rotter and the reader not only learns to hate him but also gets to watch as his abuse crushes Jane’s personality and psyche. The tension builds slowly as we wait for the Dark Angel to make any sort of dramatic move. Even after Jane leaves home and encounters the boss from hell the reader still has to wait. All the reader can do is cringe as Jane continues to be bullied and abused, this time by her boss. Yet every so often the reader is reward by Jane gaining strength and self-confidence as she learns to stand up for herself. Personally I enjoyed the character study and Jane is a highly believable and well-rounded character.

Once Jane’s angel begins to extract her vengeance the reader is rewarded with a couple horrific scenes. These scenes are well written, tense and descriptive. Ms. Cavendish does not flinch when describing the revenge extracted by the Dark Angel. However if one is expecting “splatter punk” then the reader will be disappointed. This is not rip your spleen out visceral horror.

Once the supernatural element comes into play the reader is left with many questions and a rather disjoined picture of what is transpiring.
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Another slam dunk for Catherine Cavendish! Who doesn't love a little revenge? Who hasn't fantasized about people who have wronged you getting what they deserve? Dark Avenging Angel tickles the Id while tackling sometimes brutal subject matter. Jane's life is literally a living hell, suffering the wrath of an abusive father, creepy, horrible bosses and so much more. There are some tough scenes in here, all handled deftly by a writer who knows how to pull on your emotions. Jane's avenging angel is there to make wrongs right, or is she? Masterfully crafted, Dark Avenging Angel is a great book to kick off the coming Halloween season.
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Dark Avenging Angel wasn't quite the novel I expected - it's something deeper, more well-rounded, and more emotionally relevant because of it. What Catherine Cavendish has crafted here is a tale of human cruelties first, and supernatural vengeance second.

Our story begins with an exploration of Jane's childhood, and a profile of her abusive father. He is a cruel and violent man who emotionally degrades her, intellectually humiliates her, and (eventually) physically abuses her. To call him a monster would be an insult to things that go bump in the night, so let's just call him what Jane calls him - a bastard. There are so many scenes here that have an impact, but the destruction of her dolls is pivotal, and her confession of "The first time my father tried to kill me" really sets the stage for what's to come.

While supernatural retribution for such human crimes is a large part of the story, along with the mortal price to be paid for such help, it's not (as I expected) the focus. Instead, this is very much Jane's story, and she's a difficult woman to read about. She's a sad, cold, somewhat pathetic young woman, and even if we completely understand how she came to be that way, you can't help but hope there's a transformation coming. The specter of her angel is what makes her intriguing, and the mystery of her dreams what makes her compelling, but Cavendish asks for some patience before it all comes together.

Make no mistake, Dark Avenging Angel is a horror novel, but it's more about suspenseful chills than outright horror. Ironically, as much as I generally dislike tidy little epilogues that tie up loose ends, I thought the 'Sad and Lonely Death' article from the Midwest Times was a fitting touch.
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I discovered Cat Cavendish’s books not too long ago and she very quickly became one of my to be hoarded authors. She writes a type of horror I don’t see often: gothic, wonderfully descriptive, have witches, demons, good ol’ scares horror. ANGEL is a perfect example of her writing. While I wouldn’t call it gothic (not the right timeframe) and there aren’t any witches in this particular book; it’s got all the rest.

Jane is a young woman who has an abusive father. Nothing she does is good enough, but her mother won’t leave him. Somewhat on the order of a fairy godmother a tall, dark woman appears to Jane and offers her vengeance on her father. She tells her to decide carefully – she can choose two more in her life, then anything she wants can be hers.

Cavendish takes us through Jane’s life and we see why she makes the decisions she finally does. But what does this mean for Jane? Why has she been given an angel?

I was given an advance copy of this book from Samhain and hope you'll try it also.
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