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Follow in Her Footsteps: Compelling New Novel from Brooks Ellis Jr Exposes Hidden 'Dark Side' of Family Life

In his gripping new novel, Ellis makes every reader admit that even their own family has its fair share of evil undertones. When two sisters unknowingly follow in their mother’s dark footsteps, one family’s own secrets come to light through a series of keep-the-light-on twists and turns. This is a novel that fans of bold mystery won’t want to miss out on.


Brampton, ON -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/02/2014 -- It isn’t easy to fathom nor admit, but the truth is that every family has its dark side. While some will be more harrowing than others, this harsh reality lies front-and-centre in a powerful new novel by Ontario’s Brooks Ellis, Jr.

‘Follow In Her Footsteps’ weaves its shuddering message around a plot that turns conventional family life on its head, smashes social norms to pieces and even throws the literary rulebook out of the window.

When Richard Whiting, beloved father and husband, and the family peacekeeper, is admitted to hospital in a coma, the family begins a swift unraveling, and its unspoken history threatens to reveal itself.

Whiting sisters Stacie and Debbie find themselves victim of their mother Margaret’s unfair treatment—Margaret favours Debbie and demonizes Stacie, who responds with equal vitriol. In light of her father’s hospitalization, Stacie’s interrogation of her mother’s past intensifies, and drives Margaret to extremes in order to protect the shadowy family past, and her own unfathomable secrets.

Unbeknownst to them, the sisters are blindly following in their mother’s dark footsteps, and where those footsteps wash into the sea, the waves reveal the true evil of the Whiting family.

Debbie, and Stacie are gradually walking in the dark footsteps of their mother without even realizing it, and unaware that with each step forward is one step closer towards the truth and realization of who they are to their parents, and at the end of that unlit path—where those footsteps will come to an end—is where a dark veil will be lifted to reveal the true evil of the family.

“I’m firm in my belief that everyone can relate to the family’s own dark side, even though it’s uncomfortable to even think about at times,” explains Ellis. “Even if they can’t immediately recognize it in their own, a friend or distant relative is sure to have something hidden in their closet.”

Continuing, “That’s what I aim to do with my writing – bring to the surface facets of society and life that seldom get a second thought. The strange thing is that we often turn a blind eye to some of the more powerful and influential forces around. The dark side of a family can literally destroy it, but it will be the last thing family members admit to or even acknowledge when they are left behind to pick up the pieces. My story will force readers to admit that it exists.”

Critics are expected to receive the book well and, due to planned high demand, urge interested parties to secure their copies as soon as possible after publication.

‘Follow In Her Footsteps’, from FriesenPress, will be available imminently.

Planned availability: Amazon, Google Books/ Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Chapters, Kindle, Walmart, Best Buy, Android books and the FriesenPress online Bookstore.

About Brook Ellis
Brook works as a graphic designer.