Review Tour (Book Review & Excerpt): Into the Light by Aleatha Romig

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BOOK REVIEW

Title: Into the Light
Author: @AleathaRomig
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Rating: 5 Stars

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: June 14, 2016

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

Synopsis

An investigator’s search for a friend draws her into a world darker than she could have imagined.

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…

Published through Thomas and Mercer and scheduled to be released June 14, 2016

AMAZON: http://amzn.to/1nPvMjp

Grace Review

Confusion
Intrigue
Second guessing
Distrust
Hatred
Anxiety
Fear
Anticipation
Clarity
Shock

These are just some of the factors can come into play while reading suspense. When those feeling are put together, they put the reader through a roller coaster ride that creates the reading version of an adrenaline rush. You are taken on a journey that keeps your mind engaged while leading you down a rabbit hole of discovery. And that’s what the author has created with this book.

This story is unique in its development, with one part delving into a secret world where the word of one man rules, and another part following the trail of missing girls. There are some obvious connections between the two story-lines as information is revealed, while other connections are more shocking. The build is steady but picks up speed towards the end, leaving my heart racing and begging for more.

If you’ve read the authors other books, prepare for something very different. Although this genre is romantic suspense, it is more suspense than romance. Yes, there is potential for a love story, but that isn’t the true focus.

Told from two heroine’s POVs, we are brought into the secret world of The Light. Sara’s POV was the more complicated of the two. We don’t know a lot about her initially. Not only has she lost her memory in a tragic “accident”, but those around her aren’t very forthcoming. Oh, and I can’t forget that she apparently damaged her eyes and vocal cords, so both sight and speaking are restricted. It threw off HUGE warning alarms for me.

The more physical limitations she endured, the easier it was to instill psychological limitations.

The people that she interacts with seem to have a religious zeal and strict code for behavior. Everyone follows what Father Gabriel says. Without giving anything away, it doesn’t take much to figure out what’s going on. So is the mission of The Light good or bad? With hints along the way, you’ll have your answer by the end of book 1.

The second heroine is Stella, a reporter for another part of the US. From her POV, we learn about her missing friend, along with other women who are disappearing. This part of the story doesn’t really pick up until a coroner brings her in to look at the hands of a dead woman, recently found. I won’t go into details here, but it too sent off warning alarms for me. And the two plot lines connect when she begins to do some digging into a mysterious group called The Light.

The two women both face their own uphill battles, but I liked how they challenged things. Sara, has a harder time with this, but I too would have done everything she did. Well, almost everything.

“Obeying isn’t optional. Remember that.”

Then there are the men.
For each heroine, there is a “hero” and my feelings on each were a bit unexpected. Jacob has built up a series of lies to convince Sara of her new role. I shouldn’t trust him. But something made me like him and at times, actually trust him. While he lays down expectations, rules and punishments, there is a sense of regret in his POV, which made me not hate him.

On the flip side, there is Dylan, Stella’s cop boyfriend. He tries to protect her as she seeks answers about her missing friend, Mindy. It’s when she begins to look into The Light, that I had my doubts about him. As a cop, you’d expect him to be a good guy. And maybe he is, we don’t get his POV, so I’m not certain. However, three were subtle clues that he may not be as perfect as he projected. This is just my gut feeling at this point, not a spoiler.

As Sara begins to accept her fate, and Stella seeks out answers, both will be unprepared for how this story ends. I literally felt overwhelmed with all of the new information revealed at the end and was in shock with one HUGE twist about the women. I may have screamed at the author. But only because I wanted more. Yes, you get a pretty big cliffy at the end of this one. However, we only have to wait until October for book two, the conclusion to this storyline. This is a book I’d recommend to all suspense lovers. It’s unique and spine tingling, two things I look for in that genre, and this author delivered in spades.

– Grace

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

 

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Excerpt

Sara

Mute as I was, with my eyes covered and my hand encased in Jacob’s, no one but my husband noticed my lack of participation. I remained still as he continued to relay my nonexistent responses, leaving me a bystander to my own story and unable to affect its outcome.
Maybe this wasn’t real, maybe it was a bad dream and the scene would soon fade. My stomach twisted as their exchange continued and they discussed my insubordination and correction. Each time Brother Timothy condemned, Jacob reminded him that my transgressions were alleged, not proven. It was as if suddenly I were on trial in my hospital room instead of in a court of law.
It wasn’t until I heard the word banishment that their conversation again registered. Whatever had been said had apparently been the parting word. Murmurs floated above the sound of various sets of feet exiting, then finally there was silence. When the door clicked closed I released my breath.

Turning toward my husband, I waited for an explanation. Nothing. I was about to pull my hand away when I felt a tug on my right arm and a woman spoke.

“Brother Jacob, Dr. Newton would like to examine Sister Sara now.”

So many brothers and sisters. So unfamiliar.

“Are you giving her more medicine?” Jacob asked.

“After the doctor comes. He’d like her to be awake.”

“Tell him he’ll need to wait until morning. She’s had enough commotion for her first day.

Bring her medicine, something to drink, and let her sleep.”

I pressed my lips together in protest. Not that anyone noticed. They were doing it again. Discussing me while I was right there. Why does no one else find this wrong?

“I’m sorry,” the woman, who I assumed was a nurse, said. “The Commission hasn’t approved her intake of fluids. Refusal of nutrients is an approved decree.”

Jacob’s grip tensed. “I’m quite aware of the Commission’s approved decrees.”

“I’m sorry, Brother. I didn’t mean to . . .”

“It’s been over a week. She needs more than what she’s getting from that needle.”

“I believe they’ll discuss it in the morning since Brother Timothy was able to see and talk to her. They should have a revised decision by tomorrow. I can’t go against . . .”

Jacob sighed and his grip remained tight. “I understand,” he conceded. “Then bring me ice chips. If we hurry before they melt, they’ll be solids and not liquids. That won’t violate the Commission’s authority.”

“Brother?”

“Bring me ice.”

About

Aleatha

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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