THIS BOOK. OMG. This book, y'all, it made me so angry but before I go into that I need to say that I was angry with the characters and their actions--not with the writer. Aleatha Romig did her job--she had me completely caught up in the story of Sara and Stella that I found myself emotionally invested in their lives. It was because of the way she developed these characters and this plot that I went through a bevy of emotions and am very much looking forward to the ending book of this duet.
Reading the synopsis (below), you can see that the lives of these women, Sara and Stella and Mindy, are somehow all connected--but what is unclear is exactly how. We know Stella is looking for Mindy. We know Sara has been taken by a cult. What we don't know is---where is Mindy? Who is Mindy? Is she alive? Is she dead? Is she someone we've met? I can't answer that for various reasons but what I can do is tell you that there are developments in the last pages of this novel that begin to shed light on some of these questions. What I can't tell you, yet, is how all the pieces of the puzzle work together--I'm still wondering that myself.
Another thing I can tell you is that Jacob and his Brothers (insert sneering voice here) pissed me off again and again and again. The things they did and said were so awful and terrifying that I wanted to constantly reach inside the pages of this book and wreak havoc on each and every one of the people who were perpetuating the lies and abuse and terror they inflicted on people. There were so many instances when I thought of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood and remembered feeling the same anger, helplessness, and hopelessness. I kept hoping that Stella was going to break the case and break Sara and others out of the hell that they were being brainwashed into liking but instead of having that hope fulfilled, I had my suspicions growing, surprises thrown at me, and an ending that has me reaching for the next book.
This novel is absorbing and horrific--which is a weird way to describe it, but it's the only way I can describe it? Anyway--grab it and I bet you'll be just as eager as I am to read Away From the Dark.
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.
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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 was 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.