Wednesday 22 June 2016

Review ~ Into the Light (The Light #1) by Aleatha Romig

Book Description:

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light.

Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend—following a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she uncovers something more sinister than she could have imagined: a shadowy organization known as The Light, led by the enigmatic Father Gabriel.

As Sara struggles to understand her place in the strange world she’s awakened to—an oppressive cult demanding unquestioning obedience—and her feelings for Jacob, the husband she can’t recall and whose harsh and tender attentions confuse and beguile her, Stella risks all to discover the truth. But enlightenment always comes with a price…

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 5 stars

“I no longer existed. Whoever I really am is gone.”

Aleatha Romig aka The Master Manipulator, what a tangled web she weaves…one where I found myself frantically clawing for clues and trying to decipher who was who and who could be trusted and she doesn’t make it easy.

This was one of those reads where the story follows a woman who has woken up from a coma after a car accident with no memory, she is reminded of her life, her husband and the life they lived as part of "The Light." On the outside you have the story of an investigator who is clawing at her next big story while also trying to find her friend that has mysteriously disappeared, but are the two connected? As her investigations lead her closer, her actions get braver...who to trust...who to trust.

“There were dots to be connected; I just couldn’t make out the picture they formed.”

Sara Adams wakes up in hospital after a car accident, she is badly beaten and bruised with broken bones, she has amnesia and has retina damage so also has no eyesight. She is totally confused, has no recollection of anything and is lonely and frightened. Her husband, Jacob Adams, is by her side twenty-four seven and makes it his mission to make her remember the life that they have lived as part of “The Light.” A cult that they have been members of for years. 

“I was captive in a life I detested from the depths of my soul. I completely understood why I didn’t remember: I didn’t want to.”

The Light is very archaic with regards to the place of the women in their “church.” The age old sayings of a woman’s place is in the home and only speak when spoken to come to mind and Sara has to re-learn the discipline and all the rules and regulations. Sara is also fighting to find the spark with her husband, she cannot remember anything about them as a couple but with his actions and words he soon becomes her anchor and the only person that she trusts. Aleatha Romig, through Sara and Jacob’s point of views leads us through Sara’s re-integration into The Light and her road to healing and remembering. Will Sara remember anything and more importantly will she remember her life in The Dark?

“His kiss awakened me, my body and my yearning. I had no doubt that this man filled my days and nights with earth-quaking passion. With only a kiss, I no longer wondered who my husband was in the bedroom; I knew.”

Stella Montgomery was an investigative journalist and was at the top of her field. She was one of those women that once she had a sniff she was like a dog with a bone…she never let go. Her best friend and fellow reporter, Molly, has gone missing and while investigating her disappearance Stella uncovers unsettling clues that could lead to something even bigger than she ever anticipated. But if you poke a hornet’s nest, you are likely to get stung. 

“He said that when the shit hits the fan, it’s not time to turn away. It means the source of the manure is close and that means one thing: something is growing. Though it may stink, it’s going to be big.”

With two stories running side by side you are desperately trying to determine if the two are inter-connected and if so how. But such is the brilliance of Aleatha Romig’s warped mine you are forever in limbo. You may think you have it sussed, like I did, but I was so so wrong. This book was cleverly written and meticulously planned out. While the pace was slower than Aleatha Romig’s norm, it was greatly appreciated as it really gave you time to think and plot as well as added to the build-up and that forever presence of mystery, suspense and intrigue.

“Each case was a piece of a larger puzzle. Unfortunately, each piece didn’t necessarily belong to the same puzzle. I found myself constantly second guessing and wondering if I was trying to make the wrong pieces fit.”

I was on the edge my seat throughout there were so many OMG moments towards the end, some I saw coming others I didn't but Aleatha Romig has really delivered with this mystery and suspense read...totally captivating, gripping and unputdownable. It was a cover to cover read, until the wee hours of the morning and now I am anxiously awaiting book two…it cannot come soon enough and once again I am left in awe at the brilliance of Aleatha Romig.

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