Title: Darkness & Shadows
Author: Andrew E. Kaufman
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Review by ~Patricia, Room With Books~
Andrew E. Kaufman, incredible author of the psychological thrillers, has written another blockbuster, Darkness & Shadows.
Emotionally damaged by a childhood filled with the abuse and indifference of his mother, Patrick Bannister is further devastated when the only woman he ever loved dies in a fire, as he watches on helplessly.
Plagued by loss and guilt, Patrick hits bottom when he loses his job as a crime reporter for News World, but the reporter in him refuses to quit. The question is…will Patrick survive after a deeper look into his past, his own mind and the murder of his dead girlfriend?
The intrigue kept me turning the pages. The suspense kept me from putting Darkness & Shadows down. The fast pace kept me on edge. The trail of evidence kept me guessing right to the end!
A great continuation of Patrick Bannister’s story from The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted or as a stand-alone novel, I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Andrew E. Kaufman provided another well-written novel that will keep his readers crying out for more!
Struggling professionally and reeling from the psychological wounds left by a horribly abusive mother, Patrick is driven over the edge by a news report. A wealthy socialite couple has been murdered, and while the wife’s name isn’t familiar, her face certainly is. It’s his first and only love, Marybeth, the woman he lost to a horrific fire years ago.
Is he losing his mind?
Patrick’s obsession to find the truth sends him scouring records and documents that lead him to a shocking discovery: there’s no evidence Marybeth ever lived or, for that matter, ever died. Was the love of Patrick’s life just a product of his abused psyche?
The truth may kill him.
His quest for answers takes him on a twisted mental odyssey that forces him to question his own reality. He might not be able to trust his memories and perceptions of the past, but the answers may still lie in the darkest recesses of his mind.
But Patrick will soon find out that by stoking the flames from that long ago fire, he’s blazing a path straight into danger. And this time, not only is he about to get burned—he could also end up losing his life.
In The Lion, The Lamb, The Hunted, Andrew E. Kaufman thrilled readers with a bestseller of psychological suspense. In Darkness & Shadows, he ratchets up the tension, weaving a masterful web of intrigue.
It is a real privilege and my pleasure to interview Andrew E. Kaufman, author of Darkness & Shadows. Welcome to Room With Books, Andrew!
First let me give my readers a little background about you, Andrew.
Andrew E. Kaufman is a broadcast journalist-turned-author, living in Southern California, along with his Labrador Retrievers, two horses, and a very bossy Jack Russell Terrier who thinks she owns the place.
Andrew was named one of the highest-grossing independent authors in the country when his total number of books sold pushed well past the six-figure mark. The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted: A Psychological Thriller was on Amazon’s Top 100 for more than one hundred days. It became their seventh bestselling title out of more than one million e-books available nationwide and number one in its genre. His first novel, While the Savage Sleeps, made the Top 100 as well and was number one in its genre, passing up two of Stephen King’s current releases at the time. Both books are bestsellers in the UK and Germany, and both books were simultaneously number one in their genres in the U.S.
His success resulted in signing an international dual publishing deal with Thomas & Mercer and 47North. His newest work, Darkness & Shadows, an intense psychosexual thriller, is available now.
He was also a writer for, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Cancer Book (Simon & Schuster/2009) where he chronicled his battle with the disease.
After receiving his journalism and political science degrees at San Diego State University, Andrew began his writing career as an Emmy-nominated writer/producer, working at the CBS affiliate in San Diego, and then in Los Angeles. For more than ten years, he produced special series and covered many nationally known cases, including the O.J. Simpson Trial.
Andrew is represented by Scott Miller, Executive Vice President of Trident Media Group in New York.
1. Tell me a little about Darkness & Shadows and what inspired you to write it?
When I finished The Lion, the Lamb, the Hunted, Patrick, my protagonist, refused to leave me. I sort of bonded with him in a surreal way, and besides that, his life still felt incomplete and unresolved. Patrick is someone I’d call an ever-evolving character, and there was so much more he needed to learn about life. After struggling about whether to write a sequel, I finally gave in. While Darkness & Shadows is written to stand alone—and can easily be read this way for new readers—my hope is that those who read the first book will feel satisfied moving on to the next. The challenge was to write a book that everyone could enjoy whether or not they read the first one.
2. When you start writing, do you have the story outlined or do your characters dictate what will happen?
I’m what you would call a “pantser”, meaning that I fly by the seat of my pants. I’m an intuitive writer by nature, which means I never outline (read, random and disorganized). I always tell people that my characters tell the story, and I just write it.
3. Have you ever had arguments with your characters and who usually wins?
I can’t say that I have, probably because I listen so closely and trust them to tell the stories. They’re smarter than I. Also, they are in charge of making coffee, and if they get irritated, they hold out. I can’t have that.
4. What is one thing about you your readers would be surprised to know?
Well, It’s common knowledge I have a chocolate addiction, but I’m also disturbingly obsessed with Red Cerrignolia olives. The rare and elusive superhero of the olive family. The Elvis of olives. The gold standard that all other olives can only dream of nearing. Oh God, I need to step-up my quest for these….Have you seen any lately?
5. If you could write with any other author who would it be any why?
That’s a tough one. The list would be very long. I do love the idea of collaborating with another writer; although, I’m not sure whether there’s anyone alive who could put up with my neurotic writing habits. I mean, my many neuroses are charming and endearing, of course, but still…
6. When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I often tell people that I was born a writer. It must have been written into my DNA because, for as long as I could remember, I knew I was meant to do this. It always seemed like I communicated better on paper than through the spoken word.
7. When did you decide to write and what prompted you to start?
I don’t think there was ever an actual decision—it always felt understood that I would write. The only choice was how I’d make a living at it. In college, I majored in journalism, then went on to become a TV news writer and producer for a good ten years, working in San Diego and then Los Angeles. After a while, however, I began to realize that writing about real life felt like a drain on my creativity and imagination. It was the same thing, day in, day out. When I got laid off, it felt more like an act of divine intervention than downfall. That was when I got pushed—or rather, shoved—out of my comfort zone and decided to give this author thing a try.
8. What music inspires your writing?
Really, pretty much everything. I compile a playlist of music for each book I write, songs that feel relevant not just to the stories but also the emotional arcs. I love country music, but those lists can have anything, from Eminem, to Maroon 5, to Bruno Mars…Well, you get the point. 🙂
What is your favorite breakfast? Anything with chocolate or caffeine.
What is your favorite color? Green. But only specific greens. Those in the blue-green range, not yellow greens. Those remind me of puke. (Do you remember that neurosis that I referred to earlier? Yeah…)
What is your favorite movie? Anything depressing, dark, and disturbing. And good. Obvs.
What is your dream car (details please)? The Ferrari Berlinetta, hands down. In fact, one of the characters in Darkness & Shadows drives one.