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Out of Dark Places Paperback – April 5, 2011
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Author Jeff Gephart develops his characters with multi-layered complexities and fascinations with sterling finesse. We are invited into and captivated within the moody, macabre realms of Lukas's mind's eye. Out of Dark Places takes us on a multi-dimensional, other-worldly trip told mostly in first person present tense, but often jumping back and forth through time--adding to the non-linear, bewildered sense of disorientation Lukas lives, drinks, and struggles his way through.
The author spins a tale that builds inexorably in tension and mounting passion. The question at the end comes down to this: can a washed up, lonely, afraid, bitter, drunken and delusional, formerly great pianist do the right thing in a world he feels is fundamentally faulted--all wrong--and, will he be able to `see' the love that binds and brings him back--in the form of Katie ... before it's too late to stop the tragedy he has wilfully set in motion?
Gephart has an amazing acumen for giving voice to a myriad of personalities. But the main focus is the most amazing ball of contradictions. Lukas Willow is amazing, pathetic, likable, off-putting, inspiring and depressing- all at the same time. And his story takes twists that will surprise you. When you think you know where the story is going rest assured, you do not.
Most amazing of all; this novel makes a metaphor of many of it's characters detachments from reality. Whether it is alcoholism or simple depression and disillusionment, many of these characters have a somewhat altered perception of their reality. And then as a result, so does the reader. Not in a pronounced, over-wrought Tolkien kind of way, but in a very subtle way.
It's never clearly spelled out why or how certain things happen and I'm glad. It's far better when the author challenges the reader as Gephart does here. Is there a suggestion of something slightly abnormal taking place, or is it just the skewed perceptions of the characters at work? Is this subjective reality a metaphor for the way in which we perceive our own experiences? I don't know for sure, but I love that I'm made to think about it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a great read. There is suspence, hope and dreams. One can not turn the pages fast enough to see what happens next.Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Jeff Gephart does with words what a painter does with a brush. This book—comprised of the type of fundamentally good writing not requiring any of the usual plot gimmicks--was so... Read morePublished 9 months ago by KD
I wanted to go back to all of the earmarked pages I had bent while first reading "Out of Dark Places" about a year ago, prior to writing this review. Read morePublished on March 4, 2014 by Jeffrey Hunter
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters in the story was well developed and the writing is very descriptive. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Aiko
A very good read. I highly recommend this book and look forward to the next Gephart novel...hopefully coming soon. ThanksPublished on January 9, 2013 by Wendy Brown
This was an absolutely amazing read and I'm sitting here wondering how I come I haven't read this sooner. Read morePublished on November 15, 2012 by linda willey
"Out of Dark Places" is quite simply, a mesmerizing read. Jeff Gephart deftly and meticulously crafts his characters and his work shines through as you get to know the tortured... Read morePublished on October 29, 2012 by NepEnut
Jeff is an incredibly descriptive writer, which leads to phenomenally complex, dark characters, yet likable at the same time. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Dan Fitzgibbons
Jeff Gephart has an ability to capture the small details of everyday life that you never notice or grasp the significance of until he points them out. Read morePublished on April 21, 2012 by kyleleeh