Behind the Veil by E.J. Dawson Book Review Tour


Thank you Blackthorn Book Tours for allowing me to participate in this tour. This was definitely out of my comfort zone and a welcome, creepy change.

 Genre:  Gothic noir 18+

      Print length: 252


About Behind the Veil

Can she keep the secrets of her past to rescue a girl tormented by a ghost?

In 1920s Los Angeles, Letitia Hawking reads the veil between life and death. A scrying bowl allows her to experience the final moments of the deceased. She brings closure to grief-stricken war widows and mourning families.

For Letitia, it is a penance. She knows no such peace.

For Alasdair Driscoll, it may be the only way to save his niece, Finola, from her growing night terrors. But when Letitia sees a shadowy figure attached to the household, it rouses old fears of her unspeakable past in England.

When a man comes to her about his missing daughter, the third girl to go missing in as many months, Letitia can’t help him when she can’t see who’s taken them.

As a darkness haunts Letitia’s vision, she may not be given a choice in helping the determined Mr Driscoll, or stop herself falling in love with him. But to do so risks a part of herself she locked away, and to release it may cost Letitia her sanity and her heart.

My Review

Ghosts. A lady behind a veil and a scary reader. One would think I'm a glutton for punishment. I'm notoriously scary, especially when it comes to things that could be true in real life. For that reason, I was hesitant to start this book. 
I was lucky that this ghost story had enough of mystery (or alluded to it) and an overload of introspection to buffer my thoughts away from the protagonists gifts. Letitia H. can give loved ones closure because she can connect with those in the afterlife. One such case brought about new reservations for her, as it would soon force her to face a past she was running from. I found the character to be interesting and I would like to see more of her. 
There were a few scenes that had me holding my breath i.e. those invisible hands wrapped around her throat. 
I think the story moved well with a gothic flair. The protagonists was interesting. The ghosts were creepy. The author did a great job of scene building when there was action and movement that needed to happen. If I had one thing that did get a bit cumbersome it was the amount of introspection. I was like okay Letitia let's get it together. All in all, I think this was a good read and would recommend it.  


                                     About the Author                                    

Beginning a writing journey with an epic 21 book series, Ejay started her author career in 2014 and has taken on the ups and downs of self-publishing with her fantasy series The Last Prophecy since 2016. At the start of 2019, she put the series on the backburner to write Behind the Veil in 25 days, and signed a publishing contract for the gothic noir novel to independent publisher Literary Wanderlust. Behind the Veil is set for release on the October 1st 2021. She resumed self-publishing a scifi series, Queen of Spades released across 2020 and 2021, as well as signing another contract with Literary Wanderlust for NA fantasy, Echo of the Evercry. Believing in more than one path to a career in publishing, Ejay pursues self-publishing alongside querying traditional publishers with multiple manuscripts.

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