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.
But Sara cannot flee alone, leaving innocents behind. She must fight to extinguish The Light.
So many twists, turns and secrets here. I found the first book Into the Light uncomfortable to read at times but the tension and indeed the action is well and truly ramped up here. Yes, Sara and Jacob are a couple but it's not exactly a romance and more a suspense driven story or even a thriller as it gathers pace. Jacob's big secret was revealed at the end of the previous book but here we see Sara getting onboard and wow, she's one gutsy lady! Yet in the repellent Church there are so many brainwashed individuals that it just astounds me how easily the human psyche can become indoctrinated. Yet even more chilling is the way violent characters thrive within this community.
One thing I must mention is the treatment of women in this series. I live in a modern western society and yet, unfortunately I'm all too aware that communities, cultures and indeed even countries see nothing wrong with certain traditions. Chastisement, punishment, abuse, whatever it's called, is wrong but Ms Romig doesn't waste time on a soap box, no, she showcases it and leaves the reader reeling, full of questions and trying to understand the horror of it all.
This series has kept me gripped but this book just blew me away. Not always an easy read but one that explores so much about humanity and sadly how we all seem to be seeking something.
I was gifted a copy of this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.