Sleep with the Lights On: Brown and de Luca, Book 1

Sleep with the Lights On

Sleep with the Lights OnAuthor: Maggie Shayne
Book Name: Sleep with the Lights On
Series: Brown and de Luca
Order: #1
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Romance
Rating:  Really Good
4+stars



Blurb:  Through the eyes of a killer…

Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull.

Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders–crimes she soon learns are all too real.

Detective Mason Brown’s own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother’s organs, though he’s kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.

Review:  I thought this was actually kind of awesome.  I had some doubts when I first checked it out as I have heard of similar concepts (haven’t read anything like it, but heard of the concept), but it still sounded interesting and thought it might be worth it.  Ended up that it was.

The concept alone forces the reader to really stretch the imagination and believability line to very near the point of breaking.  Some readers just aren’t going to be able to do that because this is out there.  BUT…  it is still a pretty great book and it handles that stretch incredibly well.

I think that part of why it works is because this book isn’t 100% full throttle intensity.  You can be reading this horrifically, crazy awful, detailed part that has you wanting to leave those lights on all night on one page and the next, you are smacked upside the head with this insanely wild and hilarious personality that is Rachel’s character and you are pulled out of all that awful and given a chance to breathe for a bit.  This so works for me because if a book is too much intense for too long, I almost need to put it down and walk away a bit on my own.  This book allows that away moment without you having to get out of the story to do it.

Rachel is kind of epic.  She is brash and funny and quirky, often times to hide that she is terrified.  She is this solid wall of will and attitude that doesn’t allow her to be knocked down without a fight.

I wasn’t as big of a fan of Mason.  As a cop that keeps breaking rules (really big, important kinds of breaking rules), he sort of comes across a bit weak and unsolid (cannot come up with a better word to describe it).  It isn’t so much that I actually dislike him as a character, but just that he seems to be lacking something that, as a reader, I felt I needed from him.

And, oh, thank goodness we don’t have this insta-love thing going on.  As good as this book is outside of the romance aspect (which is flirted with and touched on, but isn’t the main focus), I would have been hugely disappointed if that had been the case.  As it is, I like this “lets approach this attraction with care and time” kind of attitude.  Especially since, as the name of the series appears to make obvious, we are going to see lots more of these two.

I have to be honest.  The only reason this didn’t get my highest rating, and it just barely shaved itself under that 5 star mark, was that the concept did really stretch things and Mason’s actions didn’t end up having any consequences.  Quite a few things got said and done throughout that didn’t even garner a second glance let alone some seriously deep questioning.  It all still works out in the end, but really only just barely.  I think I was able to stretch farther than I normally would have just because I liked all the rest of this so much that I was able to overlook some of the unrealistic parts.

In all, I’m pretty darn excited about stumbling on this series.

 

Author: TJ Fox

Slightly sane artist, book addict, wife and mother of 3 who is forever rethinking her place in this world.

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