Nine months ago, Sara Adams awoke with no memory. The man holding her hand told her she’s a member of The Light, a tight-knit religious group led by the terrifying and charismatic Father Gabriel. As a woman in the community of The Light, her duty is to be unquestionably obedient and to submit to the will of her husband. But as Sara’s memory starts to return and she remembers her past, she sees that everything she’s been told is a lie. The Light is an insidious and dangerous organization, and its corrupting influence reaches well beyond the confines of the remote campus where Sara is being held. With everything at stake, Sara struggles to sort out her true memories from her indoctrination. The desire to escape consumes her, but who can she trust? And which other followers of The Light were forced into this life, brainwashed to believe they belonged? The more she remembers, the more it becomes clear that Jacob, the man who calls himself her husband, is keeping shattering secrets of his own.
I decided I was going to sleep. And then I started this book.
Needless to say, I ended up reading for two hours straight and reaching 75% of the book, until my eyes couldn’t keep up and I had to stop, otherwise I wouldn’t have been very productive the following day. As you might expect, as soon as I got back from work, I completely devoured it.
This is going to be one of the hardest reviews I’ve written. Why? Because I find it extremely hard to write about how I feel about this sequel without spoiling the first book. But I’m not going to spoil anything, I promise! In fact, you should avoid reading Goodreads reviews, as I’ve seen plenty of spoilers there.
Most of you know that Into the Light was one of my favorite reads this year. I hadn’t read anything remotely similar to it. It was about a mysterious cult called The Light set in Alaska, where a young woman was being held captive and taught that she must follow Father Gabriel’s and her new husband’s orders. Creepy, right? Meanwhile, women are disappearing and others are found dead in Detroit. Journalist Stella Montgomery starts investigating these murders…
The book ended on a huge cliffhanger and it was seriously amazing, I hadn’t been so immersed in a book in a very long time. Before I say anything, you must know that this sequel was completely necessary (they can’t be read as standalone books), but, as it happens with most follow-ups, I prefer the first one. Nothing can beat that magic.
Away From the Dark is an excellent sequel and the author managed to make it even more exciting. Aleatha wrote a fast-paced thriller where things kept happening on every page and you almost didn’t have time to breathe. So don’t worry: the book is super addictive!
Still, I knew before I even started it that Away From the Dark would never make me feel the way I felt with Into the light. But because it’s impossible. That was the first book, the characters were new, we didn’t know anything about The Light and I had all these crazy theories in my mind (some of which were correct 🤓). It was a new experience and the ending was just perfect.
The only thing I didn’t like about this series is that it has a bit of a “50 shades of Grey” touch. Despite a small scene at the beginning that made me cringe a little, I can assure you the thriller part of the novel is definitely 90% times more important. There’s a love story, yes. But there are way more thrills than romance.
I still enjoyed this very much and I’d recommend this series to everyone who is interested in crazy cults and loves a good story filled with twists. I’m SURE you will love them. I’ve recommended ITL to plenty of people and they’ve all become fans.
Thomas & Mercer, 2016