Into the Light by Aleatha Romig

July 6th, 2016 Kimberly Review 55 Comments

6th Jul
Into the Light by Aleatha Romig
Into the Light
by Aleatha Romig
Series: The Light #1
Narrator: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine
Length: 13 hours and 17 minutes
Genres: Suspense Thriller
Source: Publisher
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Narration: 4 cups

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 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 the 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....

thriller SUSPENSE ADDICTIVE 2016 Fave

Into the Light written by Aleatha Romig, is the first novel in The Light series a dark mystery thriller surrounding a cult, murder and missing woman. After Braine @ Talk Supe introduced me to the series, I was delighted to be able to review the audiobook. Narrated by Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard and Noah Michael Levine, Aleatha Romig took me on one heck of a thrilling ride.

Five reasons to grab your earbuds and listen to Into the Light

  • Into the Light delivered a twisted tale of manipulation, forbidden passion and mystery as author Aleatha Romig takes us to the streets of Detroit and the remote wilderness of Alaska as she weaves a captivating story that will grab the reader and leave them begging for more.
  • The characters: Sara awakens blind and injured. She remembers nothing, not even the color of her hair. Her husband and friends aid her in her recovery but she is shocked to discover she and her husband are members of the Light an oppressive group led by Father Gabriel. Women do not question and rely on their husband’s wisdom, guidance and correction. Eek gads, time spent in this cult was riveting. It is evident that the author did extensive research regarding cults and she highlighted all aspects of this way of life. Jacob Adam Sara’s husband is a pilot and member of the upper echelon of The Light. His relationship with Sara, the delegation and his inner thoughts shed light on the inner workings of The Light. He cares for Sara, and his need to protect her made him appealing. From the onset, I liked Stella our investigator. Despite warnings, she will not dodge her instincts and she is determined to find her missing friend and discover who is murdering young women.
  • Into the Light has three narrators each assigned a voice and this choice only enhanced my enjoyment. Through their tones and inflection, the reader picks up subtle clues and foreshadowing. Romig weaved mystery and suspense surrounding a cult known as The Light.
  • Brilliantly executed, Into the Light immediately pulled me in as we met Sarah Adams. The author then shared perspectives from husband Jacob and Stella Montgomery an investigative journalist in Detroit. The different perspectives quickly drew me in and allowed me to begin piecing things together. Romig then delivered answers in bursts that left me holding my breath, shouting I knew it and screaming for the next book. The tale ends on a cliffhanger that will have you jumping out of your seat and eager for the next book.
  • At a little under fourteen hours, I devoured Into the Light. It was nerve-wracking. I found myself holding my breath and stopping everything I was doing to hear each word. Whether you read or listen to this tale, I can promise you one heck of a ride. Each carefully crafted thread unravels flawlessly as it promises the reader thrills, chills and complicated emotions. You will scream in protest at the outlandish practices of the cult even as you become caught up in the romance between Sara and Jacob. Twisted, dark and completely addictive I cannot wait to listen to Away from the Dark that releases October 18, 2016.

Into the Light is a must listen for fans of suspenseful thrillers with an unusual romantic. Into the Light will undoubtedly appear on my top ten audiobook list this year.

Read an Excerpt


Though I’d hoped to learn more about his meeting, with the events of the day and the warmth of his silent embrace, in no time at all, I began to drift off to sleep. I was nearly there when Jacob moved. Rolling me to my back, he hovered close and smoothed my long hair away from my face.

“Are you still awake?” he asked, his minty breath blowing over me.


“I’m sorry…”

His simple apology had my full attention. I wasn’t sure I remembered hearing those words from him.

“…I meant to tell you how well you did at service.”

I smiled. “Thank you. I was scared, but Raquel and Elizabeth were with me the entire time. And Brother Benjamin,” I added, suddenly fearful of not acknowledging that a man had helped. He continued to run his fingers through my hair. “I didn’t want you to think that I’d been quiet because of anything you’d done. You were perfect.”

It was difficult for me not to ask the questions running through my tired mind, but Lying on my back helped me remember. “Thank you, Jacob. I want you to be proud. I’m sorry that I embarrassed you. I’m sure that’s what Father Gabriel was speaking to you about.”

His hand and breath stilled, as if he was considering his words carefully. “We’re leaving the clinic tomorrow. However, instead of going to our apartment, we’ll be staying at the pole barn for a while.”

“I don’t remember our apartment or the pole barn, but I’ll go wherever you take me.”

His lips brushed mine. The light touch ignited a park that detonated flickers of yearning throughout my body. I lifted my lips to his, wanting more than the chaste endearment.

“Sara, I…” Jacob didn’t complete his sentence; instead his hand slipped behind my heard, pulling me toward him. His kiss, no longer apathetic, devoured. Zeal radiated from his lips, and soon his breaths were labored. Like magnets we were drawn toward one another, closer and closer. My body liquefied, becoming pliable to his touch, while conversely, his hardened, ready to claim what was already his.

As the heat of our passion washed over us, I forgot my punishment. My attention went elsewhere. A tug on my hair propelled my head to tilt, while the persistence of his minty tongue encouraged my lips to part. Whimpers and moans reverberated in my mouth and bubbled forth. They were wordless sounds declaring my body’s approval.

The large, strong hands that had delivered pain now brought pleasure. I reached for his broad shoulders, opening my arms and willfully surrendering to his kisses. With a palpable hunger, his mouth moved from my lips to my neck and down to my collarbone. His actions sent shivers to my toes and tremors to my insides. Each kiss moved lower until he reached the neckline of my nightgown. The bra I’d worn to service was gone. My breaths quickened as each button cam undone, leaving me bare and exposed to his desires.

The sound of my heart echoed in my ears as he praised my beauty and whispered admiration for what was his. When he wasn’t speaking, his lips moved lower as his five o’clock shadow tantalized my sensitive skin. It was as his skilled fingers joined the assault, kneading my breasts and twisting my hardened nipples, that primal sounds came from in my throat. It wasn’t that I feared speaking. It was that words weren’t forming. Wanting what he could give, I reached for his head, wove my fingers through his hair, and pulled him closer.

Suddenly he stopped and pulled away, leaving me open to the cool air.

Dazed and chilled, I reached for my nightgown. Embarrassed and hurt, I began to button it.

“Did I do something wrong?”

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55 Responses to “Into the Light by Aleatha Romig”

  1. Emma

    This sounds creepy as well as thrilling. A good combination. I am always slightly fascinated with books about cults.

  2. Melanie Simmons

    This is an author who has been on my wishlist to try for a long time. I even have another of her books already in my audio library, though I’m ashamed to admit that I haven’t tried it yet. You have convinced me that I cannot live without this audio, so there goes my Audible credit for this month. LOL. I’ve been on a thriller/suspense kick lately. 🙂

  3. Leona

    Whoa! You have dubbed a fave of 2016, I definitely have to read this now. And you gave it 5 stars?!

  4. Melissa (Books and Things)

    My library is going to hate you. I suggested it because of this review. Okay, I’ve requested several because of your reviews. I so need to get this one on audio! I love the sound of the suspense even though I have a feeling that cult would kill me by worrying over the characters. LOL

  5. Braine

    I’m so happy you love this! It’s something else right?! The twist is utter mind fuckery. I’m glad the audio version is great.

    Thanks for the shout out!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      No thank you. I took a chance and contacted my Audible contact and was so happy it was available. I have been craving thrillers this summer so you rec was awesome!

  6. Katherine

    This looks really good in a page turning stay up to the wee hours of the morning kind of way! I’ll will have to look for this one but only after I’ve caught up on my sleep a little!

  7. Tanya

    This sounds good. I don’t read mysteries very often but I think I will read this one. Can’t wait to get it.

  8. Julie

    I STILL haven’t tried an audible version of a book yet. I think I’m worried that my mind will wonder and I won’t be able to get into it as much. I’ll have to give it a try with a book that I’ve already read and loved, just in case I space out. lol!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      When I first started I listened to my favorite genre, and could only listen for 30 mins at a time with while doing nothing else. Now two years later I can listen for hours while doing mundane chores…you have to train your mind..but the reward is being able to listen to a book when holding one isn’t an option.

  9. kindlemom1

    You are not being kind to my TBR pile this week Kim. Truly though, thanks for putting this on my radar, I so want to read it. Like I said before, I am all about the mysteries, thrillers, and horror lately.

  10. Candace

    This definitely has me curious! It sounds very intriguing! I want to know what happens!

  11. Maggie

    I read everything Aleatha Romig writes because she just knows how to write suspense. I am looking forward to reading this one. Excellent review Kim.

      • Maggie

        Kim, she wrote the Consequences series – it is really something. Very well written and twisted, I highly recommend it.

  12. Sophia Rose

    I added it after reading Braine’s review, too. And now you have me even more eager. Whew, it sounds intense and maybe I’ll wait until book two is closer.

  13. AngelErin

    Fantastic review!! I’m not into audiobooks, but I’ll definitely have to read this one. It sounds right up my alley. Especially lately!!

  14. Tracy Terry

    An oppressive cult? Young women disappearing?

    A while since I read a good thriller, this definitely sounds like it ticks all the boxes.

  15. Debbie Haupt

    Kim I missed this one on Braine’s blog but wow it looks freaky good. Thanks just what I need is another series on my wish list 🙂

  16. Nick

    This sounds terrific, Kim, and I can totally tell you had a complete blast reading the book. I like that it had multiple narrators. I’ve loved every multi-cast audiobooks I’ve listened. I’ll look into getting into this one.
    Great review, Kim!

  17. Melliane

    wow I love your enthousiasm for this one! It looks like a great one and now I know I should try too

  18. Christy LoveOfBooks

    It does sound really good! I need to try this genre on audio. I’ve pretty much only stuck with UF, but I’d probably do well with mysteries/thrillers like this too.

  19. Mareli Thalwitzer

    Seems like a good read. Not that much into audio books yet, get distracted too easily… infancy you know LOL. Your whole review is excellent.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Bwahaha..I remember when I first started listening and all I could do was listen or my mind would wander. Now I can multitask and listen. I am sure the book is awesome as well. Thanks I am glad you enjoyed my review 🙂