Book Review

by Maggie Shayne

Genre: Romantic Suspense, General Romantic Suspense
Sensuality: HOT

2013 RT Book of the Year Nominee

2013 Paranormal Romantic Suspense Award Winner

RT Rating

The title says it all. In this first novel of Shayne’s newest series, “creepy and scary” is the name of the game. The attraction between the main characters almost runs second to the out- right disturbing slide into, and out of, the head of the serial killer. Readers will love this novel, which twists Shayne’s usual combination of sharp wit and awesome characters with a killer who could have leapt right off of a television screen.

Detective Mason Brown had a really bad afternoon — to say the least. It started with him accidentally hitting Rachel de Luca with his car and ended with him witnessing his brother’s suicide. This inauspicious beginning sends Rachel down a dark and twisting path. When Mason decides to donate his brother’s organs, the corneas go to Rachel, who has been blind since childhood. Rachel’s corneal transplant surgery is successful, and suddenly she is learning how to live with her sight. But along with restored vision, she gets something else, too: a door- way into the mind of a serial killer. As the haunting images take over, she joins forces with Mason to catch the killer, putting not only her new- found sight at risk but the rest of her as well. (MIRA, Oct., 384 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Sabrina Cooper

Publisher: MIRA

Published: October 2013

Reader Rating

4 Stars

Average Rating: 4 Stars
(15 ratings)

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Sleep With the Lights On

Submitted by Robin in PA on December 21, 2013 - 3:23pm.

Rachel de Luca has been blind since the age of twelve. She is thrilled when a cornea transplant restores her sight. But the transplant isn't without drawbacks. Now she is having vivid nightmares. She is seeing brutal murders...from the eyes of the killer.

After his brother's suicide, Detective Mason Brown decided to donate his brother's organs. He also decided to cover up the fact that his brother left a note confessing to twelve murders. When Rachel wants to meet the family of her donor, Mason discovers that Rachel is dreaming about the murders his brother committed, and a new murder that just happened. He also understands that he may not be able to keep his brother's secret. Now there is a race to find the connection between his dead brother, Rachel, and a copycat killer.

This book caught my attention from the first chapter. Rachel is a sarcastic heroine who tells it like it is. Mason is just a normal guy who wants to cover the fact that his brother was a serial killer in order to protect his family, especially his young nephews. I went into this book thinking it was romantic suspense. But I thought the romance in this book is lacking. Maybe it will develop with the next book in the series. If you're going to read this one, think of it as paranormal suspense. My rating: 4 Stars.

LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Sleep With the Lights On

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on August 27, 2013 - 12:20pm.

Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Maggie Shayne's Sleep With the Lights On was a darkly seductive psychological thriller with a heroine you cannot help but love, a hero that immediate grows on you and who you both feel for and root for, a story that sucks you in immediately and allows you to be utterly immersed in the unfolding arc of the tale, a unique villain that inspires roiling in the gut, and an ending with a surprise worthy of the best murder mysteries.

O.K, now that I enticed you with that lovely run-on sentence, let me try to break it down. :)

Rachel DeLuca is, by far, one of the best heroines I've encountered! She's so very 'real'; one of those no holds barred ladies who says what's on her mind no matter what. A beautiful,intelligent, independent, strong, and sassy alpha-female who isn't afraid to just 'be'. And if that wasn't enough, Maggie, as Rachel in her POV, will have you laughing out loud in the first handful of pages.

Mason is a stubborn cop, a loyal family man, and a slightly damaged soul. The things Maggie puts him through in only the first 1/4 of the book are enough to break anyone, but he rebounds with grace and ends up being one of those subtle alpha males who you just want to give a big hug to.

The brilliant and unique premise - latent evil being transferred to multiple hosts via the receipt of an organ donation - is one that begs for attention! You can't help but be sucked in by it and set your mind racing with the 'what ifs' and 'what's nexts'. It's an epidemically spread case of evil, but through a means of infection that is utterly benign, thus making it even more disturbing. And the fact that one organ donor can affect up to 50 people makes this book, and ultimate series, one that has limitless potential.

I adored this book. I have been a Maggie Shayne fan for longer than I can remember, but this new side of Maggie is absolutely ingenious and made me have even more respect for her astounding talent and ability to capture the hearts and minds of her readers. I cannot wait for more DeLuca and Brown!