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I do not typically like serial killer plots, but this book has an interesting premise. A blind self-help writer regains her eyesight with a cornea transplant. She is not believed when she claims that the transplanted tissue carries the essence of its donor, giving her visions and nightmares that she believes are true memories of her donor. Her life becomes messily tangled with a detective who is horrified to discover what became of 13 missing men and is suspicious of the writer who knows too much.
Typically, I would have had problems with the scientific implausibility of such as premise, but I quickly got over that hurdle. The plot introduces a few good twists early on. The protagonist's sarcastic comments and the hypocrisy of her life attitude and her self-help books provide a depth that is clever and entertaining. I couldn't help but like her.
I was expecting a romance, but this book is light on romance. The author's skilled writing kept me engaged so I did not miss that aspect.
It took me an hour or two to get comfortable with the performer's style. She does a good job, but has a different way of speaking that was initially distracting for me.
Overall, it's worth the credit and your time.
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Has Sleep with the Lights On turned you off from other books in this genre?
No...but it isn't a Romantic Suspense per se...just has elements. More straight suspense.
Any additional comments?
This book had a good plot - however the first distraction for me was the constant 1st and 3rd person narratives jumping back and forth. I dislike 1st person as I prefer more than one character perspective in a book. While this one had 3rd person narrative - it was annoying jumping back and forth and drew me out of the story every time. My biggest gripe was the main character. I found her mean and fake. I tried to like her - but how do you respect someone who admits they have made a fortune writing "crap" that she doesn't even believe herself. No apologies - just sheer arrogance. She spent her career covering that not only is she not the "Queen of Nice" but basically, she is a b***h. Evidently this is a trait her friends and family find endearing for reasons that escape my understanding. I found her to be a narcissistic jerk. Not to mention...too stupid to live - which in my opinion is the greater of the personalty faults. She continually put herself in danger....this trait is a crutch authors use to advance a plot that is the final nail in the book coffin for me. Lousy and and lazy writing in my opinion when you can't write a character with intelligence and yet have suspense. Suspense shouldn't be manufactured out of a character doing something really, really stupid in order to get the story to the climax of the book. Yikes - really annoying. So...done with this author.
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