Title: Away From The Dark
Author: Aleatha Romig
Series: The Light #2
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: 18th October, 2016
Cover Design: Shasti O’Leary-Soudant
Published by Thomas & Mercer, Seattle
Nine months ago, Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she’s a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a woman in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband.
But as Sara’s memory starts to return and she remembers her past, she sees that everything she’s been told is a lie. The Light is an insidious and dangerous organization, and its corrupting influence reaches well beyond the confines of the remote campus where Sara is being held.
With everything at stake, Sara struggles to sort out her true memories from her indoctrination. The desire to escape consumes her, but who can she trust? And which other followers of The Light were forced into this life, brainwashed to believe they belonged? The more she remembers, the more it becomes clear that Jacob, the man who calls himself her husband, is keeping shattering secrets of his own.
But Sara cannot flee alone, leaving innocents behind. She must fight to extinguish The Light.
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Kindle Friends Forever: Four Stars
Reviewed by Sharon Thérèse
The queen of suspense has done it again and as she’d left me hanging on a precipice in Into The Light, I couldn’t wait to get my teeth into this one. And oh boy, was it worth waiting for! An expert at weaving intricate twists and turns where the reader least expects them, the author kept me on my toes throughout and had me flipping the pages at an impossible rate. Never forthcoming about how her plots are going to pan out seriously messes with your mind too, so get ready for some shocking revelations in this read. Who I thought was going to be the heroine’s saviour, turned out to a conniving you know what! In fact, he had me totally fooled.
“Come on sweetheart, I’ll show you mine, you show me yours. We used to be good at that.”
“Stop it, your bipolarness is scaring me.”
In all its complexity, there were a few moments when I was a tad confused but saying this, it’s exactly what I look for in a good read. I also found Away From The Dark a little difficult to review as I had no wish to spoil it for the future reader. However, what I can mention without letting on are my feelings for the protagonists and how they reacted in the worst possible scenarios. Jacob’s persona becomes even stronger. I understood him better and couldn’t blame him for the atrocious situation Sara was unwillingly thrown into. Nope, my deluge of recriminations was exclusively for someone whom I’d trusted in the first book.
“Do you remember me telling you how the first time I ever saw you I know you were mine?”
Despite the fact that Jacob’s stance towards Sara upset me no end, it was necessary in the eyes of others if the cat wasn’t going to be let out of the bag. I couldn’t wait for the truth to be revealed and for Sara to give Jacob a piece of her mind.
“Vulgarity and disobedience are only two transgressions. I’ve heard you use two vulgarities in the last thirty seconds. As always, the severity of your correction is at my discretion.”
Sara recuperates her real self by a fluke. However, I suspected that her deeply embedded acuity had a lot to do with it. That being said, what she did was done for the love of her husband well-knowing she’d overstepped the mark. It took me a while to realise why her action was so closely connected to her recovery, but I’m so glad she’d made this decision. The dire straits she and Jacob find themselves in will mean playing a theatrical part if they’re going to survive. With the help and guidance of her Jacob who plainly adores her, they fight back. Yet I couldn’t stop questioning some of the methods used since what happens does have its consequences. She’s still dreadfully inquisitive; the confidence she’d lost comes flowing back but like me, there were times both of us couldn’t get our heads around what was actually taking place. It’s a case of you’ve got to read it to believe it! Then there’s one hell of a lot of guilt involved and even more forgiveness which in turn, gives the story a realistic depth.
“I’m so fucking sorry I tried to make it the best I could for you.”
“Maybe that’s all you need to push you over the edge into making the right decision.”
I yearned for the outcome with an impatience that nearly got the better of me, and prayed that Jacob and Sara were going to be able to get ‘away from the dark’ unscathed. I didn’t doubt Jacob’s cunning tactics for one minute. His staying power never wavered and he went to great lengths to protect Sara when everything seemed to be drowned in a sea of complications.
“I had an overwhelming desire to protect her from the darkness that lurked with The Light.”
The author most definitely got me out of my comfort zone with her detailed account of Jacob and Sara’s struggles. Her knack for sowing the seed of doubt is as always, quite brilliant, and her character development is as per usual, impeccable. The storyline is solid, action-packed and the nail-biting moments made for an unputdownable read. So why four stars? The conclusion didn’t have the closure I was hoping for regarding two of the characters. Seeing that this book is a duet, my frustration to know more about them abounded. Maybe it’s me and I’ll eat my words if I have to but I do think some questions went unanswered. In my opinion, there is an opening for another suspenseful tale. Bravo Ms Romig for another enthralling offering!
INTO THE LIGHT: Book One
Kindle Friends Forever 5 ★ Review HERE
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 raise three children with her high school sweetheart and husband or 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 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 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. The standalone 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.