A Step Past Darkness gets kudos for character development and an intense storyline that grabs attention and won’t let go until the last page.


The Description

Publication Date: February 20, 2024


There’s something sinister under the surface of the idyllic, suburban town of Wesley Falls, and it’s not just the abandoned coal mine that lies beneath it. The summer of 1995 kicks off with a party in the mine where six high school students witness a horrifying crime that changes the course of their lives.

The six couldn’t be more different.

  • Maddy, a devout member of the local megachurch
  • Kelly, the bookworm next door
  • James, a cynical burnout
  • Casey, a loveable football player
  • Padma, the shy straight-A student
  • Jia, who’s starting to see visions she can’t explain

When they realize that they can’t trust anyone but each other, they begin to investigate what happened on their own. As tensions escalate in town to a breaking point, the six make a vow of silence, bury all their evidence, and promise to never contact each other again. Their plan works – almost.

Twenty years later, Jia calls them all back to Wesley Falls—Maddy has been murdered, and they are the only ones who can uncover why. But to end things, they have to return to the mine one last time.

The Review

Twenty years have passed since a group of six teens witnessed a horrifying incident, knowledge that forced them to go their separate ways.

Now, one of the six is dead, leading the others to return to their hometown, where they must face the evil from the past.

Author Vera Kurian delivers a multi-layered tale of suspense in A Step Past Darkness. Each character’s back story meticulously unfolds in relation to the larger storyline. The diverse composition of the group guarantees fireworks.

With just the right mix of edge-of-your-seat suspense, an abandoned mine and a cult-like church serve as key elements. As the five reunite, they realize to find answers, they will have to return to where it all started.

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About The AuthorVera Kurian is a writer and scientist. Her short fiction has been published in magazines such as Glimmer TrainDay One and The Pinch. She’s lived in DC for most of her adult life and has a PhD in social psychology. Never Saw Me Coming is her first novel.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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A Step Past Darkness gets kudos for character development and an intense storyline that grabs attention and won’t let go until the last page.5-STAR REVIEW: A STEP PAST DARKNESS by Vera Kurian