Mini-Review Monday – Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne

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Mini-Review Monday – Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie ShayneSleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne
Series: Brown and De Luca #1
Published by Harlequin Mira on September 24, 2013
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Through the eyes of a killer

Rachel de Luca has found incredible success writing self-help books. But her own blindness and the fact that her troubled brother has gone missing have convinced her that positive thinking is nothing but bull. Her cynicism wavers when a cornea transplant restores her sight. The new eyes seem to give her new life, until they prove too good to be true and she starts seeing terrifying visions of brutal murders crimes she soon learns are all too real.

Detective Mason Brown's own brother recently died, leaving behind a horrific secret. In atonement, Mason donated his brother's organs, though he's kept the fact quiet. Now he wants to help Rachel find her brother, but when he discovers the shocking connection between her visions and his own brother, he suddenly has to do everything in his power to save her from a predator who is somehow still hunting from beyond the grave.




A scarecrow shaped as a guy in skinny jeans–God, I hated skinny jeans on men.  Of all the sights I’ve seen since getting my vision back, that one’s in my bottom 10.

I have two words for you – Rachel De Luca.  Or is that three?  Whatever.  It doesn’t matter.  These are the only words you need to know, the only reason you need to read this book.  She’s Shayne’s dynamic, bitchy, super intelligent, heroine of the romantic suspense thriller, Sleep with the Lights On.  The synopsis tells you what you need to know but the short of it is that De Luca is blind and has been for a long time.  She’s suddenly presented with the opportunity for a corneal transplant and goes for it.  All of a sudden she can see but her sight comes with a price.  Enter Mason Brown, celebrated detective heading the hunt for a killer.  Mason has a secret of his own that he is desperate to hide.  Great, suspenseful premise with an otherworldly twist, and coupled with wonderful chemistry between Brown and De Luca.

The POVs switch mainly between Brown and De Luca and I always, always, always found myself wanting to get back into De Luca’s head.  Where this structure fell flat was in the POV of the Rat, the killer.  For me, this POV wasn’t necessary and felt a little…over the top or cliché maybe.  It just didn’t work.  I much preferred seeing events unfold through Brown and De Luca’s POVs.

Also, there were moments I wished the suspense had been ratcheted up just a little more.  There was a lot of time spent arguing over the possibility of it all when I think acceptance and action would have been more entertaining.

Regardless, I really enjoyed Sleep with the Lights On, my first foray into romantic suspense.  It’s an unsettling book with one of the most entertaining, unrepentantly flawed, laugh-out-loud heroines I’ve come across in a very long time.  3.5 howls! 

FYI…a Brown and De Luca novella is currently free on Amazon Kindle.  This one takes place right after the ending of Sleep with the Lights On.

Dream of Danger


About Maggie Shayne

Maggie Shayne is best known as the New York Times bestselling author of more than 50 novels, nearly 30 novellas, a former soap writer, (The Guiding Light, As the World Turns,) a former advice columnist (Shayne on You,) and RITA Award winner. But what’s less known about her is that she’s been a practicing Witch for almost as long as she’s been a published author.

Known within the Craft of the Wise as LadyHawk the Mythmaker, Maggie studied in the Black Forest Circle Seminary for three years, earning her 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree elevations there. A licensed minister of Wicca, Maggie was later made a Craft Elder, and co-founded a new Wiccan tradition called RavenMyst Circle. Her coven, The Coven of the Redtail Hawk, turned out five new high priestesses, several of whom went on to form covens of their own, and making Maggie, according to the Old Ways, A Witch Queen.

While The Portal series is entirely fictional, and necessarily brimming with special effects, any portions of the stories pertaining to the actual practices and teachings of witchcraft are entirely authentic. Due to the oathbound nature of some Wiccan rites several of the spells and other rituals, particularly rituals of Initiation and elevation, have been altered, abbreviated, or are deliberately vague. These rites are revealed only to Initiated Witches who reach the appropriate levels of study in traditional Wiccan Covens.

If learning about real witchcraft is your goal, I’ll soon be releasing a nonfiction book, The Magick of the Witches, on that very topic. (Watch this site.) In the meantime, I strongly recommend books by Silver RavenWolf, Scott Cunningham, Dorothy Morrison, Gail Wood, and others, which will give you all the information you need to to decide if it’s the path for you, and to begin your own solitary practice.

3 Responses to “Mini-Review Monday – Sleep with the Lights On by Maggie Shayne”

    • shewolfreads

      It’s funny you say this because Sleep with the Lights On is my first Shayne book but I just started reading another one now and…not grabbing me.