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Preview — Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne
Sleep with the Lights On (Brown and de Luca #1)
Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull.
Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to b...more
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Maggie Shayne's Sleep With the Lights On was a darkly seductive psychological thriller with a heroine you cannot help but love, a hero that immediate grows on you and who you both feel for and root for, a story that sucks you in immediately and allows you to be utterly immersed in the unfolding arc of the tale, a unique villain that inspires roiling in the gut, and an ...more
Rachel Mason went blind when she was 12-years old. A chance encounter with Detective Mason Brown led to her receiving his dead brother's corneas. What first seems like an incredible gift turns into a nightmare when Rachel begins having disturbing visions. Mason is keeping a terrible secret about his brother and has a tough choice to make as he realizes there's a connection between the organ donation and Rachel's visions.
What works about this story
Connections between recipients of orga ...more
I have been a longtime fan of Maggie Shayne and I have had the pleasure of having a social online friendship with her as well, and I thought I knew what to expect from her as an author but that was all blow out of the water when I got my hands on Sleep with the Light On!!!!
I promise there will be no spoilers in this review BUT I cannot promise it won’t be a little lengthy, there is just no way for me to keep it short when this book deserv ...more
WOW!!! What a great book!
I loved, loved Rachel! She's such a great character. I loved her at the beginning, when she was blind, and I loved her after when she got her sight back!
She's incredible! Her joie de vivre is fantastic! One could think that she's bitter because she's so sarcastic, but I didn't felt it that way. I felt that her sarcasm was an expression of her will to live her life fully and completly.
She made me laugh with her inne ...more
Sleep With The Lights On by Maggie Shayne is a book which transgresses boundaries. It challenges the reader and requires them to open their minds to new ideas. It questions life, the afterlife and the existence of the supernatural.
I wasn’t aware Sleep With The Lights On was part of a series, nor did I know that it would have supernatural elements. This book took me by surprise and it was a delightful one!
Rachel De Luca has been blind since she was a little girl. She never thought she’d ...more
This was a great beginning to a good romantic suspense story. This first book doesn't really have much in the way of romance but its building up in the background. The suspense element was strong though.
I enjoyed the kids and the dog as secondary characters, they really made it work for me.
If you like Laura Griffin or Leslie Parrish you will probably like this one.
I have read and loved Maggie Shayne's books for years. Hers are the types of books that you re and re-read because they are so fascinating and just purely enjoyable.
Sleep With the Lights on is a book about a serial killer, organ donation and the possibilities therein. Having been an RN for 37 years it was even more te ...more
Deep in the Adirondack Mountains in the predawn, a killer had rowed his boat across the lake, to dump a body. Eric had never been right...but to do this? ...more
The settings were so real and I found myself, more than once, thinking "its like she knows my inner me!" The pacing was perfect and I had the most difficult time putting i ...more
Context: Rachel de Luca goes blind aged twelve, due to a cornea problem. Since then, she's become a self-help bestselling author. Inspirational, right?
Only Rachel thinks it's "pathetic" that her readers actually believe her wisdom, and that they live their lives ...more
The hero, Mason, is a detective. We get somewhat less insight into him, but he comes across as a normal, average guy--who makes a one ...more
Detective Mason Brown runs over Rachel with his car, then he decides to donate his dead serial-killer brother's corneas to her. What first looks like a heavenly gift, turns into a nightmare when Rachel starts having these nightmares where she is killing people in a brutal manner.
Rachel is one of the best fe ...more
What I wanted to know was why the ...more
Do a person’s memories, tastes and/or psychoses reside in the DNA and can these be transferred to an organ recipient? This is the basis for Maggie Shayne's Sleep With the Lights On, when successful self-help author, Rachel De Luca who has been blind since age 12, receives the corneas of a serial killer and begins experiencing visions related to the murders he committed and it seems is still committing via other donor recipients.
This basic premise is very compell ...more
4 1/2 Stars... this one was amazing....
This was a book that I knew had me pulled in from the time I started reading the Prologue. I really couldn’t put this one down… for a lot of reasons.
One of the things that kept me reading were the characters themselves. Rachel was such a vivid, ‘in your face’ kind of character. Blind or not, she couldn’t be ignored. I loved her from the beginning. She was strong, smart and took ...more
Rachel de Luca is a famous self-help author who does not believe in what she preaches. She is sarcastic but in public she must keep up her image of positiveness. Rachel lost her sight at a young age and has honed her other senses. It is these senses that has Rachel looking into her brother, Tommy's disappearance. Tommy may be homeless and an addict but she does not think his disappearance is voluntary.
Detective Mason Brown was having a good until he ran his car into the blind author and ...more
Countless years of watching horror movies and reading crime fiction, must have made me immune to the scares of most books of this genre.
I still like to read them, but mainly because I am always fascinated with exploring new uninvestigated sides of the sick and twisted minds of villains.
Sleep with the Lights on reminded me of the movie "Fallen" with Denzel Washington and John Goodman, so the subject of this story was not exactly new to me.
I could figure out quite quickly who the bad guy was...
I really have only one complaint about this book so I'll just get that out of the way before I start: Fade-to-black sex scenes... Not cool, Shayne. Not cool. I had to sit with my eyes squeezed shut and use my imagination for a bit. Way to make me work for it. Sheesh...
But since that's the only thing I didn't like, I guess I can forgive you. The rewards were a gripping and cleverly written mystery, a slow-forming but deliciously complex romance, some ...more
I did not mind guessing the ending ...more
The eyes she received weren't a complete bless as she started seeing frightening nightmares of bloody abductions.
I thought the story was well written. I liked most of the characters. However, there was no chemistry between Rachel and Mason and I believe they should have been just ...more