Stella Montgomery investigates the news on the mean streets of Detroit, where she’s noticed a disturbing trend: young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella investigates—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…
The story jumps around and we get multiple points of view that connect the story of a missing woman and her reporter friend Stella, who is searching for her. Okay that would be pretty straight forward; but at the same time we see the life of Sara and it's pretty obvious from the start she's in a cult but her memories have gone. The question is, did Sara enter willingly or is it more disturbing than that and is the cult connected to the leads Stella is following from afar?
Perhaps not as dark as I feared, but there is a streak of abuse towards women that left a bad taste in my mouth. Sara tries hard not to question too much as she wants to believe in the goodness of those around her, but her innate curiosity is without a doubt her undoing. I can't imagine waking up with no memory and married to a man who sees nothing wrong in correcting me physically. The earlier scenes, which are somewhat violent, are quickly over but Sara is injured when Into the Light starts, so really not a pleasant read for me.
I did enjoy reading about Stella as she starts tracking down an organisation that raises chills. She's persistent, focused, and yet clearly falling down the proverbial rabbit hole. It's obvious to the reader what the possible connection might be and yet, it was an intriguing puzzle to sort out. The end? Well, some of it I'd worked out but not all and unfortunately as I initially mentioned, it's a huge cliffhanger.
Perhaps a little slow at times and the almost Stockholm syndrome didn't sit well with me. Into the Light is hard to rate for me, personally, as I didn't particularly enjoy it, but couldn't tear myself away. One thing for sure, if you do decide to read this, you will be left on tenterhooks waiting for the next book.
I was gifted a copy via NetGalley for an honest review.