ELLA is a novel by Stephen John Moran, published in 2014.
I first became acquainted with the novel on Twitter, when I was followed by Ella Thomas' (fictional) account. From there, I began interacting with the character as well as her author. I grew somewhat familiar with the "world" of the story and snatched up the novel as soon as it was published.
Ella Thomas is a young woman who is much more menacing than she appears. Plagued by a dark past, she utilizes her charm and sexual prowess to lure and murder terrible men. She travels cross-country to meet up with her lover, Ray; work on her novel, and gather some "real-world" experience--all while dealing with the horrible memories dredged up by her writing.
I had no idea what to expect from this book. I knew it would be dark, but Moran justifies the darkness well. Nothing happens for the sake of happening. The story is character- rather than plot-driven, and I had no problem seeing the motivations behind Ella's actions.
If I have one problem with the book, that is its brevity. Although it is packed with emotional and mental angst (in the best way possible), I wanted more. Still, Moran plans to write several other books in the same vein as ELLA, so I can't complain too much.
If you're looking for a dark, psychological read that's tough to put down, purchase ELLA on Amazon right away. The book is available in Kindle and paperback format. For more information about Stephen Moran and his writings, you can visit his website here.
How do you feel about "darker" books? What book would you like me to review next?