Book Review: The Way the Light Falls by Elizabeth Bedlam

Shae is a traumatized young woman, scarred both physically and mentally by an awful event in her past. She deals with her suffering alone, until a mysterious stranger offers her a chance to salve her wounds with the blood of predatory men. But Shae will be haunted quite literally by her violent decisions, and her friends and enemies may not be what they seem.

This is another marvelous and unique novella from Bedlam. Once again she shows a great talent for juggling the darkest themes with genuine humor. Bedlam’s books are like life – sometimes unbelievably sad, sometimes very funny. This one is a wonderful mix between the two, with grisly death and chilling thrills thrown in. Her characters, as usual, are very well-realized. The prose is smooth and sleek for the most part, compulsively and effortlessly readable, with dashes of real beauty here and there. There are a few typographical errors scattered around, though these do not really detract from the overall experience. As usual there’s no fat on the story. The pacing is great, and culminates in the sort of powerful but low-key ending that Bedlam specializes in, which creeps up on you afterwards and resonates emotionally in the days and even weeks after reading.