Wake to Darkness: Brown and de Luca, Book 2

Wake to Darkness

Wake to DarknessAuthor: Maggie Shayne
Book Name: Wake to Darkness
Series: Brown and de Luca
Order: #2
Genre: Mystery/Suspense/Thriller/Romance
Rating:  Good

Blurb:  Stranded with a murderer…

Rachel de Luca’s uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people’s most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she’d like to admit.

After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance–until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain.

As guests disappear from the snowbound resort, the race to find the murderer intensifies. Rachel knows she’s a target. Will acknowledging her feelings for Mason destroy her–or save them both and stop a killer?

Review:  This one was harder to figure out where to rate this as I didn’t like it quite as well as book one.  Where book one stretched the believability hard, this one kind of broke it at time or two.

I missed much of the humor that I really liked in book one as well.  For some reason, Rachel’s smartass attitude was hugely downplayed in this book so we didn’t get those funny moments.  They weren’t needed quite as much in this book, but I still missed them as it is one of the things that I enjoyed about her character the last time.

Mason’s character is still leaving me on the fence as to whether I like him or not, because we get another situation where he breaks lots of cop rules.  This leads to a pretty big spoiler (can’t avoid it if I want to address one of my biggest issues), so don’t read past this if you don’t like to know.

Mason’s first rule break was when he covered up the fact that his brother was a serial killer in book one.  He does this to protect his family (which was one of my believability stretches last book) so they don’t have to know what an awful person he was.  In this, he takes evidence from yet another murder scene to protect his nephew, which ends up not being all that necessary because it is the sister-in-law (the dead serial killer’s wife, and yes, she plants evidence that would implicate her own son).  She apparently goes on a killing spree to recover the organs because she felt guilty that she new her husband was a killer and didn’t do anything about it.

All of that is already a giant stretch to begin with, husband is a serial killer then the wife starts killing after he commits suicide.  When she is caught, not once is it mentioned that the boys, and everyone else for that matter, are now going to know, not only was Mason’s brother and the boys’ father a serial killer, but that Mason covered it up.  They are going to have to find out because that is why Marie was killing.  This is all simple logic, but none of it happens.  They are just going to write is off as the fact that she snapped after the suicide and the loss of the baby.  What?  Like the police aren’t going to talk to the crazy lady, they are just going to take Mason’s word that she snapped?  And if they do talk to her, she isn’t going to say anything at all about why she started killing people by yanking organs out of their bodies?  There is only so much cover up that is going to go over here.

This makes me kind of angry because I really did like the rest of the book.  I’m just not a huge fan of how there is absolutely no fall out for the massive amount of lying and covering up going on and the apparent ability to say and do whatever and it is never an issue with the police or the investigation.  We can pretend and overlook a lot, but this is all just way too unrealistic.  Despite all that and being pretty frustrated at the end, this was still good enough that I’ll read the next one, but it won’t take much more for me to toss in the towel on this series.


Author: TJ Fox

I am a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife, mom and raging introvert. I have more hobbies than I can count, so it is beyond shocking that I manage to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents I claim, writing wasn’t one of them until my muse dropped the idea for a book on my head.

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