June 13, 2016

Suped Up: Into The Light by Aleatha Romig

Series: The Light 1
Format: eGalley
Release Date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Genre: Romantic Suspense | Dark Thriller

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

INTO THE LIGHT by Aleatha Romig is one of the best books I've read this year. This is also my new favorite among all the books she's written thus far. A cult, missing people, and brainwashed sheep led by the enigmatic and mysterious, Father Gabriel. INTO THE LIGHT is told in multiple POV's and with that, let me break The Light 1 for you in the same manner:

  • Sara Adams: The Light's latest acquisition. Sara is confused and though part of her wants to accept everything that's happening to her at face value, another part of her is rejecting and rebelling against the idea of being controlled, dictated, and "corrected" (slapped & hit with a belt) to inspire unquestioning obedience. Sara had me feeling protective over her, I want to reach through the pages and whisk her away from this nightmare! There's not much about Sara at this point, as a reader, I identified a lot with her in that like Sara, I'm trying to figure out what the fuck is happening. 

  • Stella Montgomery: Detroit journalist currently investigating these missing girls, Father Gabriel, and The Light. Her BFF, Mindy, also disappeared without a trace and she's bent on finding her dead or alive. Stella is spunky, smart, tenacious, and the potential heroine in this crazy situation. Think Julia Roberts in The Pelican Brief. Sorry, I got nothing for you millenials.

  • Jacob Adams: Sara's husband and The Light Assemblyman. Though a loyal, faithful, and devout follower of Father Gabriel, I have a love/hate relationship with Jacob. He seems sound of mind and with each chapter in his voice, you can tell that he's starting to question his faith and might bend some rules to protect Sara. At the same time, he's still a fanatic and you know how they can be.

  • The Light: This group reminds me of those Mormon community in Utah/Scientology campuses minus the Hollywood celebrities where they practically enslave their brainwashed members into submission. They will give you the creeps and I think y'all would prefer Hell than be acquired by these people!

So how did this fucked-up situation unfold? Nerve wracking, emotionally jarring, haunting, oppressive, creepy, every thought and feeling you can imagine once you're freedom is taken from you. And don't even get me started on the ending. Just when you think you know what's happening, ARomig scrambles INTO THE LIGHT from the chronology, POV, motives then you realize that you've been reading some sort of a paradox which will result in a bad book hangover. 

I have to say, ARomig has mastered and carved a niche for herself in the romance thriller genre. She has her own distinct signature right now that is both addictive and horrifying at the same time. She's great at inciting passion from her readers and not of the lovey dovey kind, passion as in you want to kill these motherfuckers she writes about, chop their bodies into pieces, run them through the garbage compactor while throttling the heroince/victim at the same time. So brace yourself, INTO THE LIGHT is an emotional read and I promise you'll get worked up before you even hit the first quarter.

Talk Supe


  1. I haven't seen you give many 5 stars, so this automatically goes at the top of my TBR pile!! I love thrillers, so yay! Love the review :D

  2. Wow, five stars - this is one I'm definitely going to look at despite the fact I don't read many thrillers. It sounds like she knows how to write the kind of villains you want to take! Gald this one worked out so well for you Braine :)

  3. I like the cover for this one with how the title stands out. I am so happy for you that you found a 5 star read those are always special. It does sound like a creepy read with the twisted situation. I usually like multiple point of views and it sounds like it worked great here. Not sure if it's a book for me, but I am glad you enjoyed it so much!

  4. Besides the fact that you gave it 5 cauldrons, your love for this book is very clear through your review. :)

  5. Ooo a dark thriller! Perfect for this time of year when I can stay up late reading and catch up on sleep the next day because I've scared myself silly. :P

  6. One of the best you've read this year, huh? That's some fine praise, indeed! Glad it was such a compelling read for you!

  7. This looks awesome. I just saw that Audible is doing the audio. I don't know the narrators (there's three, which is a new one for me), but I think I'm going to have to give this one a try. I've been wanting to try this author, but this story and your review has really peaked my interest.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

  8. Oh Wow this sounds fab Braine, thanks for putting it on my radar!!

  9. Woah, this sounds fantastic. I hadn't heard of it - thanks so much for sharing! I need to check it out when I can.


  10. AH, this sounds like something I would REALLY LIKE! It's sounds FANTASTIC!

  11. Wow, supped up?! I'll have to grab this one from the library.

  12. Nothing like a cult of fanatics to cause the goosepimples on my arms. Wow, this sounds like an incredible read.

  13. Thank you..I have been craving this type of read and added it to my list!!

  14. This is the second positive review I have seen :) or more

  15. Oh shit this sounds good. Do you think I'd like it Braine?

  16. well when you wanna kill characters...good enough for me to try. I still have one of her books on audio to listen too. I'll add this to my wishlist

  17. I'm laughing so hard I'm wiping tears right now, Braine. First, your comment about having nothing for millenials. I had to read that to my kids. And then, that last paragraph. Yeah, I read that one to them as well. My oldest thought I was losing as I was cracking up hysterically. I've read Romig thanks to you and I agree she's her own 'thing'. I already knew I wanted to read Into The Light but now I'm chomping at the bit. ;)

  18. Wow wee! That sounds like one knock out of a read! :D I'm going to have to see about this one. Sounds like an awesome one to pick up.

  19. The Light sounds creepy and scary for sure. I might have to check this out.


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