Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sleep With the Lights On (Brown and de Luca #1) by Maggie Shayne

Thriller Romance Review

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.

Type: Thriller/Mystery
Heat: 1 out of 5
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Oooo creeptastic! Sleep With the Lights On seriously made me want to do just that as Rachel searches for her missing brother and starts having visions of brutal murders along the way and maybe a couple tingly flashes of the detective that's in charge of the case.

Alright the quick of it--and it gets a little twisty so hold on with me. Rachel has been blind her whole life and while searching for her lost brother she runs into a cop--or rather he literally runs into her--and there's a spot of a connection between them. So when Mason's older brother dies suddenly he decides to donate his brother's organs--including cornea tissues that save Rachel's eye sight. Total HEA quality stuff but a spot of woo-woo creeps in as she starts having murderous visions that are somehow connected to Mason's dead brother and that's where things get...interesting. Did you follow along with that? lol

Rachel and Mason were both characters I liked but in ways didn't want to if that makes sense. She's a self help author that thinks what she writes is crap, is bitchy and rude but she also kinda makes that an endearing quality somehow and under it is a total softie especially when it comes to her blind senior pup. And Mason is a successful detective that's a born protector, sexy and in a moment of panic covers up a horrific crime by his brother. Could totally get it but was still one of those things that just kept niggling. So I liked them. And I liked them together--they actually work really nicely as a team--there was still that wee little bit of me that was like omg I should totally NOT be on their sides. ::snort::
"Thanks for believing me. Finally."

"You're welcome. Please don't go home tonight."

She looked him ni the eyes then and pushed her hair behind her ear. "I'll go back to my sister's."

"It's almost one. Just stay here. It'll be morning before we know it anyway." When she didn't seem to jump on the idea, he said, "We've got chaperones, Rachel. You'll be perfectly safe. I promise not to try to seduce you."

"You think I'm worried?"

"Come on, soothe my pride, act worried."
This one turned out to be very very light on the romance side which I wasn't expecting. The two will be ongoing characters in the series and there are hints of romance at some point but so far just attraction and one night of fun that was very closed doors. I still enjoyed the hint of romance though and again liked them together. I can see that turning into something very nice eventually. 

So the creeptastic. Okay this one had me all churned up and a bit queasy too. Things are pretty graphic as Rachel "lives" the murders and sees old ones. It definitely put me off my breakfast for a while. The idea of cell memory was also kinda crazy but still realistic. That the original donator could live on in the organ recipients. Innocent things like a new love for a certain food it turned out the donator loved or a type of music or certain phrase they'd always used and now the recipient uses. Kinda mind boggling. But then the not so innocent idea of the donator being a criminal. Someone with evil in them that lives on in the new hosts. Gah! It kinda wigged me out a little seeing it all play out.

I did have two things I wasn't too wild about. Little but stuck with me. Rachel didn't always seem "right" with her reactions. Someone you know is kidnapped by a serial killer you don't go to a soccer game to have a good time with your family the morning after. Was just a wait, wha? kinda thing. I also a little iffy on who took the blame for all of the murders. You'd have to read it but it just felt sketchy placing blame on certain people and not others. But like I said, overall, not a huge thing.

So, Sleep with the Lights On wasn't quite what I was expecting but turned out to be a pretty fascinating read concerning organ transplantation and the concept of evil. The mystery of how the murders were still happening, the killer hunting Rachel, the danger and trying to keep her safe while things were revealed was intense and kept me edgy and all churned up. Kept me turning the pages to see what would happen next and surprised me on occasion too. Always enjoy reads like that and kinda intrigued by the series now that looks like it'll feature both of them as they work on different cases together.

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