Into the Light by Aleatha Romig

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Goodreads Rating: 4.22 / 5 stars

My Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars

Genre: Adult, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense

Publication Date: June 14th 2016

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Summary (Goodreads):

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 from the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers—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.…

My Review:

Review also posted on Goodreads

Into the Light is told in three point of views: Sara Adams, Jacob Adams and Stella Montgomery.

Sara sustained injuries from an accident. The impact leaves her sightless with no recollection of recent and past events. She’s the wife of Jacob Adams, an assemblyman from the church called “The Light”. He’ll help her recover, acclimate and discipline according to the cult’s way.

Stella is a sharp, inquisitive and courageous investigative journalist who’s determined to solve her best friend’s mysterious disappearance. While researching, she found an information about a cult founded by Father Gabriel. Connecting the dots, she wonders if this organization is associated and responsible for the increasing number of deaths and missing persons in Detroit.

The story is unpredictable, gripping, intense and compelling. It’s a slow start for me as I tried to understand and absorb the information about the cult. At some point, it gave me goosebumps because I do not agree with their ways and beliefs. Especially on disciplining women who questioned men. It’s abusive and unfair. Each chapter of this book is well detailed making it vivid and atmospheric. It’s difficult to put down as I’m eager to know what happens next and I enjoyed how the mystery unfolds. I made my guesses but I got it wrong. That ending surprised me and it’s well played. The main characters are complex and intriguing. I have to say Jacob is the most complex of the three. I’m skeptical to trust him since I don’t like how he corrects Sara. It makes me furious but I feel like he’s hiding something. Lastly, I really like Aleatha Romig’s writing style I haven’t read anything from her and this is a great start. I’m excited to read more of her books.

Final rate: 4.5 /5 stars

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