Into the Light Audiobook by Aleatha Romig (REVIEW)

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Review of: Into the Light Audiobook
Aleatha Romig

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Into the Light Audiobook

By: Aleatha Romig

Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine

Published by: Audible Studios 06/14/16

Into the Light Audiobook by Aleatha Romig

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The Light #1

13 hrs and 17 mins

Genre: Suspense

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Into the Light Audiobook

5 Hearts

I’ve been wanting to read Aleatha Romig for a while. Ever since I listened to her on a panel at RT15. I knew she wrote some Dark Romance type stories. When I read the review for her newest book, Into the Light, on Caffeinated Book Reviewer, I knew I had to start with this book. This was so, not what I was expecting. Not only did meet my expectations, it exceeded them. This book is a suspense book with some romance elements to it.

So this story is told mostly from three POVs. We have Stella Montgomery, who is an investigative journalist in Detroit. Her main case right now is looking for her best friend who is missing. We have Sara Adams, who wakes up in a hospital room of a cult from an apparent truck wreck, but she doesn’t remember anything from before the wreck. Lastly, our last main POV is Jacob Adams, Sara’s husband, he is a member of the cult and very high up in the hierarchy. The cult is located in rural Alaska.

I’m going to start by talking about Sara. She feels something is off about the situation that she is in. As she goes through retraining to relearn all the rules and teachings of Father Gabriel, the leader of The Light, she just feels like it isn’t right. Her husband and her friends in the cult continue to tell her that this is the life that she’s been living. They have her eyes bandaged from the wreck and her leg is in a cast, so she is very dependant on others. Slowly the remove the full leg cast for a walking cast and then eventually remove the bandages on her eyes. She’s frustrated because she can’t even remember what color her hair is, much less who she is. Her husband teaches her that her actions and words have consequences. It is his responsibility to guide her and correct her when needed. She should not question his wisdom or any men for that matter.

We learn a lot more about the cult and how things are run there from Jacob’s POV. He is fairly high up in the leadership and part of the Assembly, which affords him a lot more respect and responsibility. As a pilot for the cult, he is also privy to things others don’t know. He is charged with picking up supplies for the remove Alaska group. He also has to take Father Gabriel to the other locations, another remote one in the west of the lower 48 (I can’t remember the exact location) and one in Detroit (where they get most of their recruits).

Lastly, there is Stella. She is the best investigative journalist for her boss’s station. However, she has been really sidetracked by the loss of her best friend. Her boss has given her a lot of freedom to research the loss, but he also needs his best journalist back. While going to view a dead body at the morgue, someone who was potentially her friend, Molly, she learns that several women are turning up dead. The problem is trying to tie all the deaths together. Nothing about the dead girls are similar. Different ages, races, socially, where they fall on societal ladder, they are all completely different. The cause of deaths are all different too. Some appear to be accidents and some not as much. It is really dumbfounding. Her detective boyfriend is trying to keep her out of some of the dangerous parts of town, but she is determined to learn more about these deaths and see if there is a link to Molly.

There is so much that happens in this story, but I don’t want to go into any more detail so as not to give away any spoilers. I really loved how this story is told so we have more information than any one of the characters. Even having all of this information, we are still in the dark about many things. There are a ton of twists and turns in this story. I was glued to my earbuds. I didn’t want to stop listening. When the POV changed between Sara/Jacob in Alaska and Stella in Detroit, was disappointed in that I wanted to continue to know what was going to happen. Then less than a minute later, I was just as intrigued by the other person’s POV. Both the story that was going on in Detroit and the story that was going on in Alaska were phenomenal. I didn’t want to leave either, even to go back to the other story that I loved also. I did love how the story was told. I don’t want to make it sound like I was any way disappointed in how the story was told, I’m just trying to get out there how much I was into each part of the story. They were both exceptional.

I will say that this story ends with a whopper of a cliffhanger. Luckily, the next book, Away from the Dark, comes out in October, so I don’t have to wait too long. This series is a duet, so the next book will conclude the series. I’m really excited to see what happens to Sara, Jacob, Stella and everyone in The Light.

Into the Light Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

So this book has three narrators, Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, and Noah Michael Levine. Kevin T. Collins narrates the parts that are told in Jacob’s POV. Erin deWard narrates the parts that are told from Sara and Stella’s POV. Noah Michael Levine has a very small part in this book and does the POV of the boss. I’m assuming that he will have more POV time in the next book and they wanted the narrators to stay the same (book two isn’t up for preorder yet on audio, so I’m just assuming and hoping). I really enjoyed the narration of all three narrators. Collins did a great job with both the male and female voices. I thought he really brought out Jacob’s assertiveness and personality. deWard did a great job with both Stella and Sara. You could really tell the differences between the two women from her narration. Stella being more assertive, while Sara was very submissive, but yet not really wanting to be. She also did a great job with showing Sara’s unease at filling this role in The Light that she wasn’t quite sure how to play. Levine’s part was very small, so it was hard to get a good read on him. The little bit we got was good though. I look forward to getting into the next book. I’m hoping that they stick with the same group.

Author: Aleatha Romig

Aleatha Romig is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author who lives in Indiana. She grew up in Mishawaka, graduated from Indiana University, and is currently living south of Indianapolis. Aleatha has raised three children with her high school sweetheart and husband of nearly thirty years. Before she became a full-time author, she worked days as a dental hygienist and spent her nights writing. Now, when she’s not imagining mind-blowing twists and turns, she likes to spend her time a with her family and friends. Her other pastimes include reading and creating heroes/anti-heroes who haunt your dreams!

Aleatha released her first novel, CONSEQUENCES, in August of 2011. CONSEQUENCES became a bestselling series with five novels and two companions released from 2011 through 2015. The compelling and epic story of Anthony and Claire Rawlings has graced more than half a million e-readers.

Aleatha released the first of her series TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE, INSIDIOUS, in the fall of 2014. These stand alone thrillers continue Aleatha’s twisted style with an increase in heat.

In the fall of 2015, Aleatha moved head first into the world of dark romance with the release of BETRAYAL, the first of her five novel INFIDELITY series. She also began her traditional publishing career with Thomas and Mercer. Her books INTO THE LIGHT and AWAY FROM THE DARK will be published through this mystery/thriller publisher in 2016.

Aleatha is a “Published Author’s Network” member of the Romance Writers of America and represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.

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Narrator: Kevin T. Collins

Narrator: Kevin T. Collins

Kevin T. Collins is an actor, singer, and recording artist with a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He has performed in numerous theater performances, including Angels, City of Angels, Paradise Lost, and on television in Law & Order: Criminal Intent, As the World Turns, and The Guiding Light.

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Narrator: Erin deWardNarrator: Erin deWard

Acting, Narration, Audio (video) description, advocacy, public speaking, training, facilitation – these are the things that make my heart sing. Each one is thrilling in its own way and each allows me to be part of a dedicated team of people who share a common vision and a common set of goals. Nothing is more exciting than to work hard with a group of people who truly want to do great work. I am passionate and driven. The idea of transmedia fascinates me. I hope to play a role in making the world a more accessible place for all people.

Actor with The Strange Bedfellows.

Audiobook Narrator with a home studio and a sometimes recording partner for duet or tandem narration – Noah Michael Levine.

Audio Describer who both writes and voices audio description (translations of visual images from educational media, television, film, DVDs, theater, dance, museums, etc. into succinct and vivid audio formats for people who are blind, have low vision, or who have reading disabilities.)

Author of 4 stories for individuals with severe to profound intellectual disabilities.

Entrepreneurial professional with over 18 years experience in the not for profit sector – 12 in organizations serving individuals with disabilities and over 7 in higher education. Direct experience in advocacy, counseling, training and professional development, program and curricula development, strategic initiatives, employee engagement, public relations, and recruitment and retention.

In addition to the employment listed below I have worked as a production stage manager and company manager for the Rebecca Kelly Dance Company, a light board operator at the WPA Theater, interned at the Hyde Park Festival Theater (costumes, sets, house, lighting, background actor), and was the head of the Bard College costume shop from 1984 to 1986.

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Narrator: Noah Michael Levine

Narrator: Noah Michael Levine

Noah Michael Levine (born January 12, 1962 in Nyack, New York), is an Audie Award-Winning Voice Actor, actor, screenwriter and film producer. He is an actor and writer, known for The Eighth Plane (1998), Primary Colors (1998) and Top Dog(1995).

As of 2013, Levine is Narrating/Voicing audio books for as well as independent publishing houses.

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Oh wow, this sounds really intriguing! My mind is already working during about the characters and how things are going to play out! I want to start throwing questions at you but I should probably just read the book!

    • I kept everything pretty vague because I don’t want to give any spoilers. This book is so good, I can’t recommend it enough. I’ve been eyeing that Oct 18 release date for book two.

  2. *haha* I snatched up this book when it came out but haven’t read it yet and I’m thinking that’s a good thing since the cliffhanger is such a doozy! I’m a fan of Romig although I’ve only read her Consequences books and haven’t finished them all yet. She’s awesome in person too! I’m so happy you enjoyed your intro to her writing via audio, Melanie! Into the Light sounds exactly like what I expect of Romig – well written, suspenseful, and great characters. I’ll try to get to this one sooner than later. 🙂

    • I plan to try her Insidious series. I even have book one on audio. This book has moved it up higher on the list. I might even request that the library purchase them.

  3. Wow Melanie you’ve checked quite a few off my have to reads list, Kim loved it, you loved it, it’s a dark mystery, and it involves a cult

    • It’s so good Debbie. The only thing that I can fault it on is the cliffhanger, but the next book comes out in October, so that isn’t too bad of a wait. If I had to wait a year, I might have knocked it a half a heart. I can wait a month and a half without complaining too much. LOL

  4. YES *does happy dance* I am so glad this rocked for you. Yep, it isn’t at all what you expect..but wow and yeah!

    • I listened to Insidious (a stand alone of her’s) and I loved it too. I see a lot more of her books in my future. Thanks for finally pushing me over the edge to try her. 🙂

  5. Thanks, Melanie, for a great review! Can’t wait to listen to this one.

    • OMG, it is so good, Jonetta. I was amazed by the ending. I need the next book NOW! 🙂

  6. The 3 POV might confuse me a bit, but heck with 3 diff narrators I bet I won’t have an issue too much. This sounds so different and so good!!

    • It wasn’t confusing at all to listen to. Even with the female narrator doing the two different females parts, she is great at changing the tone so you know who is narrating because she changes her voice. This book is so good.

      • That’s good to hear, I have issues with more than 2 POV sometimes but I think I’d do fine with this since you said that!! I think I’ll go ahead and add this to my wishlist for when I get a credit next 😉 After the next Kate Daniels book that is lol!

        • I completely understand. Kate Daniels is always a top priority for me too. By then, you will probably be able to get book two quickly too, which after you have that cliffy, you will want. 🙂

  7. I’ve read amazing things about this story! I’m glad you loved it, I can’t wait to get my hands on this story myself.

    • I thought the story was amazing. I hope you get a chance to try it.

  8. Hooked! I now what to read/listen to this one, too. I remember Kimberly’s review and then I never picked the book up since I have the first two in the author’s other series. But man, for it to have kept you glued to it and impressed you that much, I might have to start here. Maybe I’ll wait until the second one releases in case I want to just keep going.

    Great review, Melanie!

    • I have book one of the Insidious series. I plan to try it soon. I know there is also the Consequences series too.

  9. Alright that is two people I know that loved this so…sold! I will definitely be adding this to my pile.

  10. Only reason I don’t want to start this one… is that cliffie. I don’t think I can handle something like this hanging in my brain for that long. So, I’ll have to make sure the library has both books on audio before I start. 🙂 This sounds SO good!

    • Well, you won’t have to wait too long for the next book to come out and start this series. The next book comes out in October, so be ready to try this series by the end of the year, for sure. 🙂

  11. Okay this is going on my audio wishlist. 🙂 Great review!


  12. That sounds interesting. I haven’t read this author and this sounds like a good book.

    • It is a very fun book. This is the first book I’ve read by her. I’m already starting another series by her. I’m really enjoying it.

  13. Damn. Okay, definitely adding this. Probably won’t go the audio route, though.

    • I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I think you’ll enjoy reading as much as I did listening.

  14. I have heard of her, but haven’t read any of her books. That’s amazing when a book surpasses your expectations! It sounds like the three different point of views work really well and how as the reader you have more information than anyone, but still don’t know a lot. It sounds creepy with the whole cult thing going on. Glad to hear this was a good one! And I hope the second one is just as good!

    • It is always great when you find a book that exceeds your expectations. This one did have a high creep factor.

    • I’m not a huge fan of cliffhangers. But, at least the next book is out next month so I don’t have to wait too long for it.

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