Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Review & Excerpt Tour : Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig

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Women are disappearing. What is happening when they step into The Light? 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 what other followers of The Light were forced into this life, brainwashed to believe they belonged? The more she remembers, the mort 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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Sara
Shrill screams echoed throughout our dimly lit bedroom, accelerating my heartbeat and pulling me from the terrible nightmare. I waited for more, until the realization struck. The screams were my own. “Jacob?” I called, my voice shaking with dread as I reached for my husband. Instead of reassurance, my fingers met cold empty sheets. He was gone—still away at another campus. What just happened? Was it a dream? I clung to the covers as I puffed my cheeks and slowly exhaled. While each breath helped to still the chaos, the exercise wasn’t enough. Who am I? Who is he? Jacob’s questions from months ago came back. They were my security. They’d worked before. I am Sara Adams and my husband is Jacob Adams. Pushing the images from my dream, or nightmare, away, I imagined Jacob’s comforting embrace. Slowly I threw back the down comforter and willed the cool air to soothe my perspiration-drenched skin. From the way my heart galloped in my chest, I might have been running a marathon, not sleeping. In my sleep I’d been battling to escape a vehicle, and then an explosion of heat. It had been a dream, I reassured myself—a nightmare. The accident I’d had, nearly nine months before, had been different. I couldn’t remember it, but I’d been told that I’d been injured and gone unconscious. In the nightmare I had been out and away from the wreckage. I shook my head. It seemed so real. In my dream I hadn’t been able to see past the darkness, yet I’d known I wasn’t injured. My arms surrounded my midsection as the memories replayed like pictures in my mind. Someone was hurting me—purposely harming me, and there was a voice—a deep voice. Jacob’s voice? No. He wouldn’t hurt me. My entire body shuddered as goose bumps peppered my skin. Sitting upright, I reached for the bedside lamp. With trembling fingers I turned the knob and my eyes adjusted as the soft light combined with the sun’s perpetual summer glow. I closed my eyes and tried to concentrate on Jacob’s questions. Who am I? Who is he? This time I said the words aloud, praying that if I spoke the truth, the images would disappear. “I am Sara Adams. He is my husband, Jacob Adams.” I pulled myself from the bed and walked to the bathroom. Turning on the light and the faucet, I cupped the cool water and splashed my face. As I reached for the cup and began to fill it, a metaphoric dam that had been constructed to hold back my past burst. My mind was flooded—no longer with simple images, but with scene after scene. For the first time since I could recall, I knew the woman in the mirror.
I knew me.

After the roller coaster ride of Into the Light (The Light #1) I was expecting the twists and turns and high levels of stress and anxiety to reach new heights....and it did big time! Aleatha Romig did not disappoint in this follow up to Into the Light. After everything that was revealed previously you just knew shit was about to hit the fan. Sara starts to remember a life before The Light and it challenges everything she thinks she knows. Not only is she unsure who she can trust around her, she has moments she's unsure she can trust herself. But ever a true heroine, Sara's strength is masterfully written by Romig and she endures when she must and fights when she can. I loved this character. She is in an impossibly surreal situation where she makes hard choices over easy ones. With her memory returning it's as if she has dual personalities struggling for dominance, and yet she finds a balance for survival's sake. Jacob is so much more than when we first met him in Into the Light. I fell for him even more in Away from the Dark even though at times I wondered if I should hate him for some of his actions and choices. Another nod to Romig for making the line of what we perceive as right and wrong blur so effortlessly that you feel understand the conflicting instincts and emotions playing out page after page. I don't think there was a moment I wasn't stressing or feeling anxious at what was about to happen. There was even a moment I almost broke down at the intensity of the situation Jacob and Sara were faced with. Beautifully executed, a page turner not to be missed, I loved ever moment of Away from the Dark.
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Into the Light
Book 1: Into the Light
An investigator’s search for a friend draws her into a world darker than she could have imagined.
Sara Adams awakes bling, 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 these 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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Going in to Into the Light I had not read anything by Aleatha Romig before. However, I had heard that she was known for creating twisty plots. I wasn't sure what I expected. I hadn't even read the synopsis. I simply liked the cover and went for it. I am so glad that I did.

Into the Light is one of those books you will not want to put down. With every scene, every turn of the page, every suggestion of things to come or things that have happened, your mind will race and race and race. Right from the start as I learned about each narrating character, my mind started piecing things together. Even though all my suspicions proved true in the end, I was still freaking the hell out as the twists were all revealed. My poor Kindle Paperwhite took a bit of a beating from my death grip as I about lost my mind in the final chapters.

Stella Montgomery, an investigative reporter, searches for answers about her missing friend. In her search she starts to unravel a more nefarious story about missing women, murder, kidnapping, and a possible cult in the form of a mysterious organization, The Light. With multiple POVs you experience life outside and inside The Light. It's both fascinating and heartbreaking, and will most definitely mess with your head. Aleatha really captured the indoctrination of members of The Light in a truly haunting manner. As I continued on it was both shocking, interesting and upsetting the techniques used to disorient a new member. It was also easy to understand how someone could fall prey to their methods.

I enjoyed all the characters, loved them even, including the ones you wind up loving to hate. Nothing and no one is as it seems. I don't know how I'm going to survive the wait for Away from the Dark (The Light, #2).
aleatharomig1Aleatha 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.

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