SLEEP WITH THE LIGHTS ON
(Brown and De Luca: Book One)
Written by Maggie Shayne
genre: suspense, paranormal, thriller
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 then gets an alarming text from his brother. He races home when he gets a bad feeling only to watch his brother blow his brains out. Things only get worse when he reads his brother's Eric's note detailing his life as a serial killer of young men.
In a quick second decision Mason covers his brother's murder and talks his family into donating his organs. Mason makes sure that his corneas go to Rachel. Rachel has her doubts but goes in for the surgery. Within hours she is having homicidal dreams and an uneasy feeling. There has been the theory that a organ receipient gains some of his donor's likes and dislikes.
Once Rachel lets Mason know what she has been dreaming Mason realizes that he may not be able to keep his bother's killing a secret. And, worse the killing has continued since his brother's death. Rachel will continue to dig until she finds out what happened to her brother especially now that she has her sight back. Will Mason trust her to find the killer?
This novel is...creepy and good. The idea of organ donors passing on their traits and/or memories was really interesting and the creepiness of the book. Rachel's sarcasm and wit makes her an interesting and likeable character. Having a character like Mason who decides to obstruct justice makes you question everything. Shayne is unpredictable and this makes reading this novel an adventure.