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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Book Review: Struck by Clarissa Johal

by Clarissa Johal
Publisher: Musa Publishing

255 pages
January 15, 2015
The shadows hadn't been waiting. The shadows had been invited.

After a painful breakup, Gwynneth Reese moves in with her best friend and takes a job at a retirement home. She grows especially close to one resident, who dies alone the night of a terrific storm. On the way home from paying her last respects, Gwynneth is caught in another storm and is struck by lightning. She wakes in the hospital with a vague memory of being rescued by a mysterious stranger. Following her release from the hospital, the stranger visits her at will and offers Gwynneth a gift--one that will stay the hands of death. Gwynneth is uncertain whether Julian is a savior or something more sinister... for as he shares more and more of this gift, his price becomes more and more deadly.

An elderly lady that Gwynneth Reese had become friends with at the retirement home she worked at, passes away, and she goes to say her farewell at the funeral home. It was when she left it to head home that she is struck by lightening. 

Found later at the funeral home in only her underwear, she is taken to the hospital. There is a strange mark on her back and she remembers dimly being rescued by a stranger. But when she is released and back at the home she shares with her best friend, Seth, the stranger visits her, along with some terrifying shadowy creatures. The stranger is called Julian and tells her she must gives something of herself to him, in payment for the gift of stopping death. At first she thinks maybe it is all right, but more and more, she begins to wonder what Julian really is, as he and his shadows threaten not only her, but Seth and her other friends.

Darkly entertaining, Ms. Johal grabs you by the throat with this tale, and I suggest keeping the light on.

I give Struck 4 "demon" sheep 

By Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Clarissa Johal has worked as a veterinary assistant, zoo-keeper aide and vegetarian chef. Writing has always been her passion. When she’s not listening to the ghosts in her head, she’s dancing or taking photographs of gargoyles. She shares her life with her husband, two daughters and every stray animal that darkens the doorstep. One day, she expects that a wayward troll will wander into her yard, but that hasn’t happened yet.


  1. Thank you for taking the time to read and review STRUCK!

  2. I LOVE the cover and the book sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing.
    sherry @ fundinmental