Author Discussion & Signing with Local Author Gail Lukasik

Author: Gail Lukasik

Title The Darkness Surrounds Us

Date: November 4, 2023

Day: Saturday

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 PM


A Ghostly Window Into the Past

Nurse Nellie Lester can’t escape death. Fleeing Chicago at the height of the 1918 Spanish flu, she takes a nursing job at a decrepit mansion on a desolate Michigan island, convinced the island holds the secret to her mother’s murky past. The only problem? Her dead mother seems to have followed her there. Nightly she’s haunted by a ghostly presence that appears in her bedroom. But is it her mother or something more sinister?

When the frozen body of the prior nurse is unearthed, Nellie suspects the nurse’s death and her family’s history are connected to a mysterious group that disappeared from the island twenty-four years earlier.

As winter closes in, past and present collide resurrecting a lurid killer, hell-bent on keeping the island’s secrets. Will Nellie uncover her mother’s shocking past before the killer enacts his final revenge?

 Lukasik delivers a gripping ghost story. With unpredictable plotting and superior atmospheric, this is a treat for late night devouring.” Publishers Weekly.


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About the Author

The Darkness Surrounds Us is Gail Lukasik’s fifth mystery novel and her first Gothic mystery. Kirkus Reviews praised Gail’s mysteries as “riveting, fast-paced and loaded with suspense.” Gail’s memoir, White Like Her: My Family’s Story of Race and Racial Passing, captured national attention and led to her appearance on NBC’s The Today ShowThe Washington Post named White Like Her one of the most inspiring stories of 2017. Once a member of the Cleveland Civic Ballet Company, she credits her aesthetic sensibility, her stage presence, and her writerly discipline to her training as a classical ballerina.

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Saturday, November 4, 2023 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm

Event address: 

7419 Madison Street
Forest Park, IL 60130
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ISBN: 9780744302899
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: CamCat Books - September 5th, 2023

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