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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…
Below are two quotes that really did sum up my experience of Aleatha Romig's "Into the Light."
There were dots to be connected. I just couldn't make out the picture they formed.
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.
If you're looking for a book that's completely different to the norm but at the same time, will get your heart racing, leave your stomach in knots and definitely knock you off your feet, then look no further, "Into the Light" is absolutely for you. This author really did pull out all the stops with this crazy ass ride of a story that was so completely addictive and equally mind blowing. There was so much I didn't see coming. There was so many twists that had me doing a double take and re-reading in order to make sure I understood what I'd just read. This really was a thrilling, compelling, engrossing read.
"Into the Light" is a book that needs be read with due care, attention and concentration. Trust me, you would not want to skim read this one or try and skip paragraphs because who knows what you might miss. There were clues everywhere. On top of that, this was a multi faceted story, one with so many layers it was difficult to determine where, how or even when they linked. My brain worked tirelessly to try and work it all out but Mrs Romig was not going to make it easy. Just as I thought I'd worked it out, something would happen to turn my theory on its head. Even the characters were of no help. I honestly didn't know who to trust. Who was friend? Who was foe? Who was a frenemy??? Could anyone be trusted? I wasn't so sure, even with the multiple POV. One thing I did know was that I hated "The Light" and almost everyone associated with it. The manipulation, the deceit, the lies. These people were crazy mother f**kers with warped minds that sent shivers down my spine... or were they??? Ha Ha!!!
"Obeying isn't optional. Remember that."
And in true Aleatha Romig style, of course she was going to give us one of her signature endings. You know the ones that leave you gobsmacked and of course re reading just to double check you got it right. And then of course the theories start as to what will happen next or even what has already happened!!!Uh huh, everything I thought I knew, every feeling and emotion I had, every opinion I'd made got blown out of the water with a chain of events that left my brain well and truly frazzled, my heart a complete mess and my nerves shredded. Yup she got me again. I got "Aleatha'd!!!!"
If you're tired of reading books with similar storylines and are looking for something very different but equally brilliant and addictive, then I really cannot recommend this book enough.
I rated "Into the Light" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I rated "Into the Light" ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Jacob leaned over me, his chest flattening my breasts. With our proximity in the darkened room, I could only make out his form, his shoulders, arms, and the silhouette of his hair against some distant faint light. There were no details. Hearing his familiar voice, without seeing his unfamiliar eyes, eased my anxiety. He smoothed the hair away from my face and kissed my nose. “We both follow Father Gabriel. You aren’t the only one who must obey the rules. I can’t question why you lost those memories any more than you can question me. All I can do is hold tight to the memories I have of us, for both of us. Even though you don’t remember my face, I remember yours.” He traced under my eyes, wiping away the remnants of tears. “I remember your beautiful blue eyes, the way they open with amazement at new discoveries and the way they flutter as you come apart beneath me.” He was back to stroking my hair. “I remember the first time we made love and every time since.
“I remember the first time I saw you, the first time I heard your voice, and”—he brushed his lips against mine—“the first time I kissed you.” He scoffed, “It wasn’t supposed to happen, but I couldn’t resist. I knew you were mine from the first time I saw you, even if you didn’t.”
His memories gave me a sliver of my past. “I didn’t?”
“No, not then. You were dating someone else.”
“What? That was before we were here, right?”
“Yes, it was before everything.”
He sighed and laid his head back on his pillow. I was afraid he’d stop talking, yet more scared to ask him to continue. Thankfully, he didn’t stop, but when he resumed speaking, his voice had a faraway tone, as if he was seeing it all again.
“You were laughing, and I thought you were one of the prettiest women I’d ever seen. You have a great laugh.” He reached for my hand and intertwined our fingers. “I know this crash course in remembering how to be an Assemblyman’s wife hasn’t given you many opportunities for laughter. That’s why I want your memories to come back. Sometimes it seems like we’re back at the beginning. I want to be beyond that . . .” He was back up with his elbow beside me and his head on his hand. Looking down at me, he continued, “To where you laugh instead of cry.”
He touched my lips. “To where you’re not constantly apologizing.”
I kissed his finger. “I’d like that too, but you have to admit, this hasn’t been easy. I mean my eyes, leg, and ribs. I’ve just gotten my sight back. We’ve been banished, and my hair is gone.”
“I do.” He exhaled. “I admit that it’s been a rough few weeks, but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
“The Light?” I asked with a smirk.
“Yes. See? It’s something everyone wants.”
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.
Twitter: https://twitter.com/AleathaRomig @aleatharomig