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Sleep With the Lights On (Brown and de Luca #1)

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Through the eyes of a killer

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 be...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA
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Michelle Leah Olson
Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha - Michelle L. Olson:
*eARC Received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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
The set up
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
Charity Costa
*ARC received from Author in exchange for an honest review

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
Cyndi Delia
I was able to read an ARC e-book of Sleep With the Lights On. At first I wasn't sure if I would like the mixed POV's- heroine Rachel is first person, Mason/the rest of the novel is third person but because the book was not a romance, it worked for me and I was surprised that I liked the mix. I was happy to discover that the upcoming December book by Ms. Shayne also will feature these characters because both characters are deeply flawed and I'm curious to see if things I felt weren't wrapped up w...more
4.5 stars

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
I received this book from Netgalley for my honest review.

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
Cindy Reifel
Sep 16, 2013 Cindy Reifel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Cindy by: It was sent to me as an ARC
I was fortunate enough to receive an ARC of this book and I have to tell you that if you love mysteries &/or thrillers, you REALLY need to get this book as soon as it comes out!
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
Awesome suspense/romance (heavier on the suspense). Loved it!
WHOA! What a fresh, original, awesomely badass novel! I was completely sucked into the story from the first page and found myself chuckling at the snarky attitude of the heroine and then swooning at the gruff, yummy police officer. I mean, its not every day you get mowed down by a cop then have to team up with him later. Right?

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
Jan 29, 2014 Tez marked it as dnf
Hadn't read the author's books in years. I liked her thrillers, but not the vampire books. Sleep with the Lights On was available from NetGalley and Edelweiss. Paranormal romantic suspense, hunting a serial killer. So far so good, right?

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
I won a copy of "Wake To Darkness" by Maggie Shayne through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest, and decided to purchase the first installment in the series, "Sleep With The Lights On". This is my review of "Sleep With The Lights On". This is a psychological thriller, romantic suspense that will have you gripped turning the pages late into the night.

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
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
I haven't been reading thrillers/mysteries on a regular basis for years now. It seems like they are all the same after awhile and nothing fresh is left to be surprised by. This book didn't necessarily have the freshest premise ever, but it just might have helped rejuvenate my interest in thrillers! Shayne's whole backbone to the book is the idea that evil can live on once its host is dead, through a process like organ donation. The story is about Rachel de Luca who has been blind since she was a...more
Teresa Bowen
If you love mysteries or are just a Maggie Shayne fan I would recommend this book. Once again Maggie delivers. The idea of organs and parts remembering is believable and makes the story all the more intense. The heroine is a tough as nails blind lady that gets her sight back with unwanted results and the getting the hero to believe her is interesting to follow and she shows a soft side with her dog. The book just flows and you won't want to put it down. I can't wait for the next one Wake to Dark...more
Okay, look. I am clearly working from a certain bias, because I work in eye surgery. But if you also work in eyes? Don't read this.

I'm 25% of the way in, and I just can't any more. I managed to swallow the "unwrapping the layers of gauze from the eyes" bit (after a DSEK you get plastic patches taped on over gauze pads, there's no movie-drama moment there). I ignored that she was sitting up in bed the next morning, waiting for said gauze to be removed ( With DSEK, there's an air bubble inj...more
Eva Millien
The first book in the romantic suspense Brown and de Luca series is an intriguing and mesmerizing read. Rachel de Luca is a successful self help author despite being blind and she can’t believe her good fortune when she’s granted new life with a cornea transplant, but her new eyes prove to be too good to be true when she starts having terrifying visions of brutal murders. Detective Mason Brown is trying to atone for his recently deceased brothers horrific secret in helping Rachel find her missin...more
Dana Delamar
Solid, well-written romantic suspense, with complex characters and plenty of twists and turns. The heroine, Rachel, is particularly well-drawn and compelling, flaws and all. She's not a saccharine-sweet heroine, nor is she a whiny bitch, and she's definitely not a doormat. She's a real person who's not perfect. I found her believable and I liked her a great deal.

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
Huda Al-Anbar
Sleep With the Lights On is a psychological thriller that fallows Rachel, a blind best-selling author of many "self-help" books, while her own personal beliefs could not be any more different.

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
This was so good. It was hard to put it down. Its RS, but very little on the romantic side. In fact there wasn't any really. And the sex was just mentioned which was okay because the serial killer mystery took all my focus anyway. I loved Rachel, she was witty and so freaking sarcastic that there were many moments that had me cracking up. Its sad when the dog Meryl stole the show though. When was on the scene I couldn't help but smile, she was written that good.

What I wanted to know was why the...more
I received Sleep with the Lights On in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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

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...
Lynsey   • The Demon Librarian
Sleep with the lights on - and the door open!

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
Rachel de Luca is an author of self-help books who doesn't take her own advice. She has been blind since she was little, her brother is missing, and she believes there isn't much good in this world. She believes her luck may actually be changing when she receives a cornea transplant. She can see and she is introduced to a whole new world. These new lenses are quite the gift, until she begins to see visions of people being murdered. Detective Mason Brown had just recently lost his brother, and af...more
Sleep With the Lights On kept me on the edge of my seat. As fantastical as the plot was, Shayne created a cast of very real characters. Neither lead was perfect and their very human responses to a spine-chillingly threatening antagonist really raised this book above others of the same genre. Rachel is snarky, independent and but unrelentingly honest with herself. Detective Mason struggles with his own morality, guilt and growing feelings for a potential suspect.

I did not mind guessing the ending...more
Cindy ~ SnS Reviews
Sleep with the Lights on is a paranormal thriller. Not much in the romance department and it’s a continuing series which means you are left hanging on many points at the end. The plot isn’t a new one, blind woman receives a cornea transplant and then suddenly starts having visions/nightmares through the eyes of the killer. The main characters are both liars too. I liked them, but the secret Detective Mason Brown chose to keep to himself was highly unethical even if he thought he was doing it for...more
Mary Brown
Sleep With The Lights On was a great book by Maggie Shayne. I've been reading her books for many years and I haven't read one that I haven't liked. The same is true with her latest psychological suspense thriller. The premise of the book, that a donor recipient is able to feel and remember things from a donor is fantastic and written so as to be believable. The suspense runs throughout the whole book with many twists and turns. Tension also runs thick throughout the story. The characters are wel...more
Oh, such a great book, Rachel wasn't always nice, besides to her dog, and yeah, loved that about her, and the whole rat problem! Loved it, can't wait to read more!
I liked sarcastic, rude smart-mouth Rachel and the development of the relationship between her and Mason - which is not your typical romantic suspense thrown together by circumstance fall madly in love by the end of the book. Instead while there is attraction, their relationship moves at a much slower pace, which given the multitude of issues between them (view spoiler)...more
Rachel de Luca has been blind since the age of twelve. She is thrilled when a cornea transplant restores her sight. But the transplant isn't without drawbacks. Now she is having vivid nightmares. She is seeing brutal murders...from the eyes of the killer.

After his brother's suicide, Detective Mason Brown decided to donate his brother's organs. He also decided to cover up the fact that his brother left a note confessing to twelve murders. When Rachel wants to meet the family of her donor, Mason d...more
Maggie Shayne has lots of novels to her credit and is a bestselling writer with firm roots in romance. This novel, the first of a series, is romantic suspense. There's no mystery about whodunit, and once you grasp the paranormal elements (which happens immediately), there's no mystery about what comes next. The wise-cracking, foul-mouthed heroine inevitably falls for the troubled, gorgeous detective, and they are thrown together through a series of improbable coincidences. The language level is...more
Killer eyes...

I've enjoyed author Maggie Shayne's books for a long time and this new novel is no exception.

"Sleep With the Lights On" was scary, sexy, funny, and has a female protagonist that is fierce, unshakeable and has the vocabulary of a sailor.

Rachel de Luca went blind at twelve years old . When offered the chance of a cornea transplant, she agreed and went back to the world of the sighted. Little did she know that her corneas came from a serial killer and that she would start seeing and f...more
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