Romantic Suspense

Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne

Sleep with the Lights On


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 organ transplants and their donors have been written about before but this one has a slightly different twist to make it a standout. On top of that, Rachel’s snarky humor and clever banter made this story a fun, though macabre read. Shifts between her first-person narrative and others’ points of view were transitioned pretty smoothly and I liked having the multiple perspectives. It wasn’t terribly mysterious but it was suspenseful and a little bizarre. Oh, and Rachel has a dog named Myrtle that steals just about every scene she’s in.

The romance
Rachel and Mason’s relationship seemed to just evolve without much depth. While I liked both, I never felt a strong bond between the two and it was the one weakness of the story. If you approach this story as a paranormal mystery with romantic elements, I think it will better meet your expectations. Their romance was just never a significant aspect of the book as they seemed more like partners.

The bottom line
I really enjoyed this book in spite of the tepid romance. The paranormal aspects are creepy in a really good way and Rachel’s sense of humor adds to the quirky tempo. I’m glad this is a series because I want more of her and this weird phenomena.

Book Info

  • Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Series: Brown and de Luca #1
  • Page Numbers: 384
  • Publisher: Harlequin MIRA


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18 thoughts on “Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne”

  1. Sounds very interesting. All my favourite elements are here- humour/banter, multiple perspectives, suspense.. Perhaps, the romance bit is going to get better in the sequel? Great review, Jonetta!

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