ARC Review: Into The Light by Aleatha Romig

Title: Into The Light
Author: Aleatha Romig
Genre: Mystery/Suspense
Type: Book 1 of 2 from The Light series
POV: First Person – Multiple
Expected Publication: June 14, 2016

 

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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ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sara Adams woke up in a hospital with no recollection of who she was. Her husband Jacob, who she didn’t even remember, became her anchor in re-learning her past life – a life centered around a peculiar and isolated community known as The Light.

Stella Montgomery was an investigative journalist. When her friend went missing, she was determined to unravel the mystery behind the disappearance. Her sources and researches revealed there might be something bigger going on out there. She never realized her poking around could lead to a blinding revelation.

I started this book without actually knowing what it’s about, so I was pleasantly surprised to find out it revolved around a subject that I always find to be fascinating.

I completely understood why I didn’t remember: I didn’t want to.

It was interesting to see how Sara re-integrated herself into the lifestyle she couldn’t recall. Her desire to do right overcame what’s rooted deep inside of her.

As a loyal follower, Jacob’s actions sometimes made me hated him. But I’m glad he had his own soul searching to deal with.

Stella was the typical driven woman who wouldn’t back down from a lead. She was fearless in her quest to find her friend to the point of ignoring the big picture.

One minute I’d fantasized about him, the next I’d feared him.

What I love about the author’s books is how they’re never straight forward. I enjoyed getting lost in the twists and turns of a story. This book has plenty. However, I pretty much figured out every single one of them, and that took away a fraction of my enjoyment.

As the reality of my circumstance settled in my consciousness , my desire to question slipped away. The acceptance of my life was a relief that allowed me to concentrate on what and who was around me.

I enjoyed reading about “the culture” especially the psychological aspects of both sides. But I did have problem with the pace for most of the book. It was too mellow for my liking. Thankfully, the last 20% was highly engaging and made up for earlier issue.

Into The Light is an interesting tale of finding oneself and doing what’s right. It would appeal to fans of mystery/suspense a hint of romance. Even though the book ends with a cliffy, the author did a good job answering questions and tying up loose ends for a satisfying ending that will make readers want for more.

Final Verdict:

This review is also available on Goodreads.

 

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Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers.

Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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