Sunday, December 8, 2013

Wake to Darkness (Brown and De Luca #2) by Maggie Shayne

Wake to Darkness (Brown and De Luca #2)What Goodreads Says:

"Stranded with a murderer...
Rachel de Luca's uncanny sense of perception is the key to her success as a self-help celebrity. Even before she regained her sight, she had a gift for seeing people's most carefully hidden secrets. But the secret she shares with Detective Mason Brown is one she has promised to keep. As for Mason, he sees Rachel more clearly than she'd like to admit...

After a single night of adrenaline-fueled passion, they have agreed to keep their distance—until a string of murders brings them together again. Mason thinks that he can protect everyone he loves, including Rachel, by taking them to a winter hideaway, but danger follows them up the mountain.

As guests disappear from the snowbound resort, the race to find the murderer intensifies. Rachel knows she's a target. Will acknowledging her feelings for Mason destroy her...or save them both and stop a killer?"

Wake to Darkness has a great deal of tension.  Like Sleep With the Lights On it is still focused on Eric Brown’s suicide and the people who got his organs as transplants. Mason Brown and Rachel de Luca are again thrown together because of a killer.  This time instead of the killer being someone who received a transplanted organ from Eric the victims are recipients of his organs.  That puts Rachel in the killer’s path.

I loved the interaction between Mason and Rachel and this time there are the members of each ones extended families in the mix.  This is a well written thriller that keeps the tension at a peak through the story.  I thought I thought knew who the killer was but I just could not see why they had a reason to hunt people down like they were.  That threw me off for much of the book.  There is also the tension between Mason and Rachel as they try to ignore the attraction they feel and just concentrate on the murders.

If you like a lot of tension with some off again on again romance thrown Wake to Darkness is a good choice.  It is OK as a stand alone but is much better if you read Sleep With the Lights on first.  There is a novella that is set in-between the two books if you want to get more of Brown and De Luca.

Mira published Wake to Darkness by Maggie Shayne in 2013.

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