Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Sleep With the Lights On by Maggie Shayne

Ms. Shayne has an interesting mind.  She always comes up some odd, unique concept to work into her stories.  She's done it again in this book.  Nothing is ever normal in her books.

Harlequin and Net Galley allowed me to download an ebook for review (thank you).  It will be published September 24th, so check with your local bookstore then.

Rachel writes about the power of positive thinking and has made a lot of money from it.  She doesn't believe it, she just writes about it.  She's blind, her brother is missing, and she's frustrated with the police.  When she steps out in front of a car because she's too caught up in thought, she gets hit and meets Mason, a cop.  She has no idea how this is going to impact her life.  Mason donates her corneas from his brother so she can see again.

Mason's older brother is a monster.  He has no desire to be but his mind controls him.  He calls the bad part his "rat".  He's murdering young men and dumping them in a lake on property that he and Mason own.  When he finds himself being tempted to attack his own son, he does what he can to save his own young one:  he commits suicide.

Mason has a dilemma.  He can't show the suicide note or the evidence to other officers or the survivors will be twice as devastated.  So he hides it.  And he gives away his brother's organs to try to undo some of the evil.  Unfortunately, that's not how it works.  Those that got organs seem to have a bit of the "rat" in them, too.

This is a tension filled story with grisly remembrances of past murders and no clue to the current killer.  If his brother is dead, who's out there now?  And why are they targeting Rachel?   Even worse, could the bad part of his brother actually still be alive?

Reading this one will keep you awake at night.  It does give you some food for thought, too.  Trust me, you won't be bored.

Happy reading.

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