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Remain In Light

4.43 of 5 stars 4.43  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  9 reviews
In 1968, Irène Laureux's husband was murdered during the Paris student and worker riots. Thirty years later, she is still on the hunt for the man who knows how and why Jean-Louis died – his secret lover, Frederick Dubois.

Aiding in her search is American expat Martin Paige, a writer still reeling from a love affair gone wrong with a student, David McLaren. Martin meets a yo
ebook, 284 pages
Published October 1st 2011 by Vanilla Heart Publishing (first published September 26th 2011)
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Regular readers will remember the 2009 book Conquering Venus, the debut novel of multiple Pushcart and Lambda Prize nominee Collin Kelley, and how in my original review I found it promising but full of problems as well, a decent enough first novel but that got only a tepid recommendation from me. And now K
The first book in this trilogy, Conquering Venus, is also reviewed somewhere here, I think. Disclaimer: Collin and I have been following each other's work for some time now, and he sent the Kindle version for me to read. I wouldn't say I'm under any sort of obligation to write a positive review. It will be quite positive, however, because it was such a refreshing book. (If I had hated it, I simply wouldn't have posted a review.) The last few I've read (apart from one manuscript submission for my ...more
This was a fast read because I got caught up in the story. It fulfills its promise of revealing what really happened to Irene's husband and the whereabouts of David. The characters aren't always likeable, especially Diane, but that's what makes them believable. Taking different viewpoints works and short chapters add to the rush of the story.
Will Kenyon
Almost three years ago I posted a review of local poet and LGBT champion Collin Kelley’s first novel, Conquering Venus. Ordinarily, I’d link back to that review, but I’m not going to this time. Why? Because it’s not relevant anymore. That was three years ago, and the way I feel about that book has changed enough that the review doesn’t matter. If you want to go digging for it, feel free, but you’d be better off just reading this - I’ll clarify my repositioning on Conquering Venus in this review, ...more
Remain in The Light: Collin Kelley

A letter to an ex-lover begins this heartbreaking novel. As one man recounts his feelings to another as they part. The feelings expressed and the emotions quite strong as Martin expresses his feeling in a goodbye letter to his ex-lover David. We meet Martin Paige and Irene Laureux. Martin begins by remember David and relating to the reader the story that many of us do not know. A special manuscript of poems and a box of matches as his final remembrance or token
Mary V
I won REMAIN IN LIGHT,by Collin Kelley, on Goodreads. This book had a complex plot, with several main characters all having their individual story lines. It was the second book of a trilogy. I didn't read the first book but I had no trouble following this story ond getting into the book. There were only a couple references that made me wish I had read the other book, but most were totally explained. It was a story of love, friendship, loss, and mystery. I enjoyed reading it very much. Thank you ...more
Damian Serbu
As with the first book in the trilogy, Kelley proves himself a masterful writer. Engaging plot, wonderful characters, and beautiful settings amidst the mystery and intrigue. Add to that a divine sense of humor, and this is the best of literary works out there today. I can't wait for the third and final installment!
Second part of the Venus Trilogy. This one has more suspense and mystery as we follow the expats story in 1968 and 1998. Kelley is a great stylist and poet. Excellent read.
Elisa Rolle
2012 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
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Collin Kelley is the author of the American Library Association-honored poetry collection Render and the mystery/suspense novels Remain In Light, a 2012 finalist for the Townsend Prize for Fiction and 2013 Georgia Author of the Year Award, and Conquering Venus, both of which are now available in brand new editions from Sibling Rivalry Press. He is also the author of the Amazon exclusive eBook of s ...more
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