Into the Light

Into the Light

Sara Adams awakes blind, 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 from the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers—despite warnings fr...

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Title:Into the Light
Author:Aleatha Romig
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ISBN:1503935159
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:338 pages

Into the Light Reviews

  • Jennifer Kyle
    Feb 03, 2016

    This is perhaps Aleatha Romig’s best work to date! Her writing and storytelling is superb and will have readers on the edge of their seats with this intelligently woven thrill ride. This is book one of a two book series that is so captivating it’s impossible to put down.

    The author eases between povs and has you totally relating to our heroine, Sara Adams. Sara has just woken up in a clinic with extensive injuries from an accident she do

    This is perhaps Aleatha Romig’s best work to date! Her writing and storytelling is superb and will have readers on the edge of their seats with this intelligently woven thrill ride. This is book one of a two book series that is so captivating it’s impossible to put down.

    The author eases between povs and has you totally relating to our heroine, Sara Adams. Sara has just woken up in a clinic with extensive injuries from an accident she doesn’t recall and a life in a cult like community she doesn’t remember. Top that off with a husband named Jacob and oh yeah did I mention that her eyes are bandaged up to boot? You can’t help be right with Sara and her feelings of fear and confusion.

    The story is so rich in layers and possible scenarios. We are gifted with Stella Montgomery’s pov who is frantically searching for her missing friend Mindy. Stella utilizes all her sources and comes across some very suspect information that may all tie together. While Sara Adams is learning the ways of her community and religion, she is trying hard to please her husband and avoid those corrections by him and the organization. Will Sara’s memories of her life in the dark return? Is it possible that she has actually fallen in love with her husband and him with her?

    The last but not least important question of all is who can a reader and Sara trust? Overall, this story had it all for me and I recommend it to fans of suspense and mystery reads. The story does end with a terrific cliffhanger that was well placed and threw two twists that I personally never saw coming. I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this story and hope readers will check this out on release day which is June 14th and the conclusion set to release on October 18th well done Ms. Romig!!

  • Arianna✦❋SteamyReadsBlog❋✦
    Feb 03, 2016

    Mrs. Romig simply blew me away with this first installment in her newest series entitled

    . I have to admit I rarely read mystery/thrillers, but dayum, I have to say I really enjoyed this one. To be honest I was at the edge of my seat from the very beginning until the end and yeah, I enjoyed every minute of this suspenseful romantic thriller. I’ve read several books by this author, so I can totally say she’s an amazing storyteller and I love reading her twisted stories, so tru

    Mrs. Romig simply blew me away with this first installment in her newest series entitled

    . I have to admit I rarely read mystery/thrillers, but dayum, I have to say I really enjoyed this one. To be honest I was at the edge of my seat from the very beginning until the end and yeah, I enjoyed every minute of this suspenseful romantic thriller. I’ve read several books by this author, so I can totally say she’s an amazing storyteller and I love reading her twisted stories, so trust me when I say

    is her best work to date. Well, at least in my humble opinion.

    tells the story of Stella Montgomery, an investigate reporter who’s determined to find out what happened with her best friend who disappeared several weeks ago. She fallows a twisted trail that leads her through the city’s most dangerous and forsaken precincts. There she finds out about

    , a strange organization led by Father Gabriel.

    Sara Adams wakes up in a hospital with amnesia, eye damage and without properly using her voice. She finds out she is married with Jacob Adams, both being part of a religious cult named

    , but the strange thing is that Sara doesn’t remember Jocob or any other women or men from the cult, not even the enigmatic Father Gabriel, their leader. In order to survive, Sara will have to learn the ways of her (new) life and all the religious teachings.

    What a ride this first installment turned out to be! Seriously, Mrs. Romig delivered such a gripping, intriguing read.

    will make you question everything, will held your attention from start to finish and will make you appreciate this author and her writing more, because let me tell you, her writing was flawless and her storytelling was as fantastic as always. The plot is layered and thickens with every chapter as the story unfolds which I really loved. I have to admit I figured out some things pretty early, but there were many others that really shocked me and made me question everything. I’m sure the multitude of twists and revelations will blow your mind.

    I loved the fact the story was told from multiple POV. In my opinion a multiple POV was the right choice for a story as complex as this one. All three POVs were interesting, well written and I really enjoyed all of them. Both main and side characters were fantastically portrayed, fascinating and I can’t wait to read more about them.

    Keep in mind that this first installment ends with a huge cliffhanger that left me with my mouth hanging open, so if you can’t handle these kind of endings, my advice is to wait for the second book. The mystery, the suspense and also the romantic aspect made this story a total winner for me, so if you want to be blow away, I highly recommend this one. Needless to say I’m dying to read the second and final installment!

  • Christy
    Feb 03, 2016

    OMG I don’t even know what to say about this book. Once again, Aleatha Romig has totally mind fucked me. I am not always a fan of thrillers, mysteries or suspense, but I love this author and wanted to give this one a go. My god this one got me from the start. I couldn’t put it down and I was questioning everything- I thought I had a lot figured out then that 99% mark hit and I was wrong. WRONG. I still can’t get over how wrong I was and how shocked I am by that ending! This one has rea

    OMG I don’t even know what to say about this book. Once again, Aleatha Romig has totally mind fucked me. I am not always a fan of thrillers, mysteries or suspense, but I love this author and wanted to give this one a go. My god this one got me from the start. I couldn’t put it down and I was questioning everything- I thought I had a lot figured out then that 99% mark hit and I was wrong. WRONG. I still can’t get over how wrong I was and how shocked I am by that ending! This one has really threw me for a loop! I feel traumatized by this new knowledge I have and I’m not sure how I’m going to wait four more months to get closure!

    is a story that primarily follows three pov’s. Stella’s, Sara’s, and Jacob’s. Stella is a reporter who is breaking ground on a story about a cult like church called ‘The Light’. She is also trying to find leads on her missing best friend and fellow reporter, Molly. Sara is a girl who lost her memory and woke up from a terrible accident not knowing who she was or where she was. Jacob is Sara’s husband and they are followers of The Light. Yep. That’s all you’re getting from me about this story. Do yourself a favor and read it without any spoilers or too in-depth reviews, because you really want to get the full impact at the end!

    When I read the last chapter of this book, I got the tingles going down my spine and my stomach plummeted. I actually paused the book and messaged a friend who had already read because I couldn’t believe it. I just finished the book and I think I’m still in shock. This book surprised me in the best way. It made me question everything and crave more.

    Aleatha Romig has an incredible imagination and a way with words. Her stories are always so complex and wonderfully written. It’s been a while since a book has truly made my heart race and had me this on edge. This story is full of mystery, suspense, secrets and is a book that will make you think and keep your mind racing. If you love a good mystery/thriller pick this one up- if you’re like me and it’s not your genre of choice, I still recommend you give it a go. It was a fantastic read and one I know I’ll be thinking about for a long while!

  • Candace
    Feb 04, 2016

    As always, Ms. Romig has weaved an intricate web of deception that has completely captivated me. Nobody writes an antihero better than she does. Each of her books leaves me a twisted up, confounded and conflicted mess...and I love it!

    This book tells the story of Stella and Sara, two seemingly different women with vastly different lives. One woman is fiercely independent and focused on her career. The other lives a life of submission, with virtually no control over her own life.

    Stella is an inves

    As always, Ms. Romig has weaved an intricate web of deception that has completely captivated me. Nobody writes an antihero better than she does. Each of her books leaves me a twisted up, confounded and conflicted mess...and I love it!

    This book tells the story of Stella and Sara, two seemingly different women with vastly different lives. One woman is fiercely independent and focused on her career. The other lives a life of submission, with virtually no control over her own life.

    Stella is an investigative reporter looking for clues to her best friend's disappearance. When she begins to dig deeper, she begins to unearth some disturbing facts about the number of females that have disappeared, or been murdered, in the area. She places herself in dangerous situations, causing her detective boyfriend to grow increasingly concerned.

    Sara wakes up in a hospital following a bad car accident. She has no recollection of her life or any of the events preceding the accident. By her side from the time she awakens is a man she doesn't remember, but who claims to be her husband, Jacob. She struggles to re-learn the ways of her life and the religious teachings of their community leader, Father Gabriel.

    From beginning to end, I was completely absorbed in this story. I couldn't read it fast enough, only to curse myself once it was over. This book blew my mind!

    I thought I knew exactly what was going on pretty early on, but I was wrong. By about halfway I had figured part of the plot twist out, but had to await confirmation. However, I never figured it all out. This book surprised me around every corner.

    I won't say much more because I don't want to give anything away. This is a book that needs to be experienced firsthand. It is hands-down, one of my favorite books of the year! I highly recommend this book. It is phenomenal!

  • SueBee★bring me an alpha!★
    Apr 18, 2016

    Amidst the darkness around us we all strive to see the light. But the light can sometimes be blinding shining too brightly illuminating a hologram of duplicity.

    (book 1) is

    Amidst the darkness around us we all strive to see the light. But the light can sometimes be blinding shining too brightly illuminating a hologram of duplicity.

    (book 1) is very much the metaphor for seeking truth and understanding, but being blinded by lies and deception.

    Investigative Reporter

    is writing articles while women in her city are being murdered. She fears her girlfriend might be amongst them. Her police detective boyfriend,

    is trying to keep her way from the darkness. She has to stay strong amidst fear and turmoil, fight to keep relevant and continuously seek the truth.

    wakes up in a hospital with amnesia, eye damage and no use of her voice. With her husband,

    by her side she faces an inquisition by The Light, the religious sect or rather cult they belong to. She has to fight to get well, struggle to adapt all while trying to remember.

    told from multiple POVs. It is glued-to-your-kindle romantic suspense. It’s

    all the way to the jaw-dropping ending. I am waiting in anticipation for the conclusion of their story in book 2,

    ***

    Sexual tension rating: 4 stars

    Sex scenes rating: 4 stars

    Sex scenes frequency: 4 stars

    Plot rating: 5 stars

    Dialogue rating: 5 stars

    Storytelling rating: 5 stars

    Story ending rating: N/A

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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Jun 06, 2016

    Yes, I said it, this is definitely in my Top 5 of 2016 and hopefully will be in yours too! I wasn’t going to request anything else from NetGalley until I got through some of my current stack (who am I kidding???) but after my sister in law read this one I had to go ahead and request it so that we could discuss. :) I didn’t know much about this book going into it, just that it involved a religious sect that resembled a cult and a journalist digging around

    Yes, I said it, this is definitely in my Top 5 of 2016 and hopefully will be in yours too! I wasn’t going to request anything else from NetGalley until I got through some of my current stack (who am I kidding???) but after my sister in law read this one I had to go ahead and request it so that we could discuss. :) I didn’t know much about this book going into it, just that it involved a religious sect that resembled a cult and a journalist digging around where she shouldn’t to find her missing best friend.

    So this is one of those stories where all my guesses were on point with how the story would go, but it was totally ok, because it was

    . This story didn’t need to hedge its bets on its multiple twists because the writing was spectacular. (BTW- the ending is a bit of a cliffhanger due to book #2 coming in October but it ended EXACTLY as I was hoping it would) The characters were strong, developed, and relatable. I usually run as far from romance as I can, but this wasn’t cheesy in the least. The relationships, especially that between Sara and Jacob was tasteful and classy, while straddling the line of abusive (I understand how insane that sounds). No, this is nothing like

    , so don’t get your panties in a wad. The storyline was perfect; it balanced a healthy amount of suspense among 3+ POVs all while managing to be easy to follow and not making me want to vomit from the lovey dovey scenes.

    One of the best aspects of this book is how well done the research was on cults and how realistic this story was. This is the second book in a week that I’ve read on this topic, and while

    was more historical fiction and focused on themes of coming of age and freedom of sexuality, this one was the complete opposite. The characters in this book were portrayed with a focus on the control and brainwashing elements, which added more of the suspense element for me. There is also a whole separate layer to this story once you get going, but I can’t go into it here because spoilers. I don’t want to give away too much, but I also just want to keep saying how much I loved this book and how badly I want to get my hands on Book #2

    RIGHT NOW!!!!! This is one of those books you want to pick up when you’re not super busy since you won’t want to put it down. Recommended to everyone! Go buy it! NOW! Then read it immediately and join the remaining ranks of us chomping at the bits for book 2.

  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Jun 23, 2016

    I have to admit..when I first saw this book up for request on Netgalley I thought it was a sexy times book.

    It's more of a thriller and it's freaking good! 4.5 stars from bitchy me good.

    Sara wakes up in a hospital and realizes she can't see and has no memories of her life at all. She is told by the staff and a guy who says he is her husband that she had an accident and is recovering. But husband boy? Jacob..he tells her to not embarrass him...then he proceeds to lie when questioned by the 'siste

    I have to admit..when I first saw this book up for request on Netgalley I thought it was a sexy times book.

    It's more of a thriller and it's freaking good! 4.5 stars from bitchy me good.

    Sara wakes up in a hospital and realizes she can't see and has no memories of her life at all. She is told by the staff and a guy who says he is her husband that she had an accident and is recovering. But husband boy? Jacob..he tells her to not embarrass him...then he proceeds to lie when questioned by the 'sister' and 'brothers' that come to see Sarah.

    Sara may just need to go back to sleep.

    Sara is told that Jacob and herself are part of what is called "The Light"..led by Father Gabriel.

    The Light is a

    refuge in which women are taken care of by their husbands. Umm that means the fuckers tell them when to even take a pee.

    The husbands and Sara finds this out the hard way, may have to 'correct' their wives for either questioning or embarrassing them in anyway.

    But of course..they love them. *gag*

    Sara is pretty beat up and it's believable to see where she doesn't know her past, so she ends up going back to the compound with Jacob. She learns that she is supposed to greet him at the door when he returns home everyday.

    Jacob does have two sides though and Sara starts to have some smexy time feelings for him. (Lay off the girl-she honestly believes she belongs here)..plus the compound is in the far north Alaska and they make sure she knows about polar bears.

    There is another storyline going at the same time as Sara's story is unfolding. Stella is an investigative reporter who's best friend Mindy has gone missing. Once she starts looking into the disappearance she realizes that everything ties back to "The Light"...

    Think you have it figured out? YOU ARE SO WRONG!! This book totally messes with your head.

    Now I need the second book. I hate frigging cliffhanger serial books and here I am begging for the next one. I need to get ahold of myself.

    I'm picking my friend

    to put in this slot. She hits the nail on the head with this book and she uses words instead of pick-tures.

  • Bibi
    Nov 20, 2016
  • Arah-Lynda
    Dec 09, 2016

    I am so excited and anxious to share my thoughts but damn at the same time I want to be reading book two in this series , so excuse me if I am brief.

    Sara Adams wakes up blind, in pain and unable to remember anything of her past.  At her bedside is a man called Jacob who says he is her husband.  It soon becomes clear to Sara that she is totally dependant on Jacob.  I mean totally.  He decides when she can drink, eat,  use the washroom,  or even speak for that matter and wh

    I am so excited and anxious to share my thoughts but damn at the same time I want to be reading book two in this series , so excuse me if I am brief.

    Sara Adams wakes up blind, in pain and unable to remember anything of her past.  At her bedside is a man called Jacob who says he is her husband.  It soon becomes clear to Sara that she is totally dependant on Jacob.  I mean totally.  He decides when she can drink, eat,  use the washroom,  or even speak for that matter and who she is allowed to speak to.  Gradually she comes to understand that she is in a small community where everyone, Jacob included, takes direction from  Father Gabriel who is the leader of their religious organization called The Light.  

    Stella Montgomery is an investigative reporter for WCJB TV in Detroit.   Her best friend Mindy also used to work there but Mindy has disappeared under mysterious circumstances, so when Stella gets a call from the morgue she is understandably nervous.  They would only have called her if there was a possibility that it was Mindy that had been found.  Her boyfriend Dylan Richards, a homicide detective meets her at the morgue  to provide moral support.

    The story that Stella has been working on involves drug trafficking but it soon becomes clear to her that an ever increasing number of women are turning up dead under unusual circumstances and while on the surface there does not seem to be a connection between these women Stella soon learns that there just may be.   Her investigation into the drug story takes Stella to Highland Heights, the same area where Mindly supposedly disappeared and where Dylan Richards adamantly does not want Stella to go.  

    I really do not want to say much more and risk potential spoilers so I will just say this.  If you are looking to scare the bejesus out of me, just bring in the religious fanatics.  I remember when my girls were younger, cult activity had been reported in close proximity to the area where we lived.  I was so concerned for their safety that  I am sure they got tired of me lecturing them on all the do’s and don’ts of speaking to strangers or straying off the beaten path and absolute adherence to the established buddy system on their way to and from school or to visit a friend.

    Told from the differing perspectives of Sara, Jacob and Stella, this story got my attention from the get go.  I could not put it down.  Every time I thought I had things figured out in my head the story would take another turn and BAM, I was left scurrying to find my balance once again, holding my kindle in a death grip,  tapping the pages furiously and gulping down the words.

    And that ending …….. the mother of all cliff-hangers!.  Biff, boom, bang just like that I made a few taps and now please folks, excuse me, I really must go and read

    Thank you, thank you, thank you  Kaycee for reminding me of this one and putting it on my must read right now radar.  

    Five white knuckle stars!

  • Kaceey
    Jan 28, 2017

    Excuse my English - but, out-freakin'-standing!  Absolutely brilliant!

    " I said no talking, don't make me repeat myself....obeying isn't optional"  And with that I was hooked.

    This book involves cults and the disturbing powers they wield over their followers. A society within a society. 

    When I was in my freshman year of college we had a deprogrammer come to our dorm to warn us of the danger of cults and how to spot if one approaches you. Within a month I was approached by 2 members who used the

    Excuse my English - but, out-freakin'-standing!  Absolutely brilliant!

    " I said no talking, don't make me repeat myself....obeying isn't optional"  And with that I was hooked.

    This book involves cults and the disturbing powers they wield over their followers. A society within a society. 

    When I was in my freshman year of college we had a deprogrammer come to our dorm to warn us of the danger of cults and how to spot if one approaches you. Within a month I was approached by 2 members who used the exact lines on me that we were told to expect! I turned tail and ran. This hit way too close to home.Frightening!

    Told from several points of view......

    Sara who wakes up in a hospital with no memory of what happened and how she got there, but even more disturbing, no memory of who she is.

    The husband Jacob. Is he truly a follower? Or is there more to why he is a member of this group?

    Stella is an investigative journalist in Detroit who is in search of her missing friend. She comes across a possible story regarding unidentified bodies being found in abandoned buildings. Is it conceivable this ties into her missing friend?

    I couldn't and wouldn't put it down!

    This book absolutely lulls you in with a vise-like grip.

    Chugging along...turning pages. Captivating, disturbing, a little strange, even borderline bizarre.

    WAIT...WHAT? Are you kidding me? Screaming in my living room!

    Husband running to make sure I'm ok...OMG!

    The best, wicked twist that I have read in over a year!

    Grabbing book 2 as I write this!