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.