Book Review: Lights Out by: Melissa Groeling


Rating: 5/5

Publisher: Black Opal Books

Publication Date: December 7, 2013

Origins:  From Author for Review

Book Links:  Amazon / Barnes & Noble

Synopsis: Even when the lights are out, he can still see you…

Paul Holten’s profession doesn’t leave much room for doubt or conscience but he’s reaching his breaking point. The nightmares are getting worse, the jobs are getting harder to finish and the volatile relationship with his boss, Aaron, is falling apart. Now faced with the possibility of an impending death sentence, Paul makes the fatal decision to run. Drawn into one hellish situation after another, he’s forced to confront his dark past---and wonder if perhaps dying isn’t the better option.

Review: Paul has a job, a nice home, a beautiful girlfriend…and a killer secret. Paul is a professional hitman, but he’s coming a little loose at the seams. His nightmares haunt him while he’s awake and his handler, Aaron, does his utmost best to keep him off balance. When Paul’s backed into a corner, he runs not only to protect himself, but to protect Ethan – a young boy given to him by Aaron. However, things aren’t always as they seem as Paul tries to keep himself and Ethan safe while dealing with his own tortured past.

LIGHTS OUT is not for the faint of heart (or stomach) and will be polarizing to all those who read it. Note: There are graphic violent scenes, so readers please beware. I empathized with Paul as I learned the horror through which he lived and never truly escaped. Ethan’s innocence even in the face of his past, even in the face of his denial of such, was touching and truly heartbreaking. Yet please don’t expect a fuzzy-wuzzy story in LIGHTS OUT – it is hard-hitting, visceral, and at times strange. What I really enjoyed was how, by the end, the author made me question the truth of where this story was taking place. LIGHTS OUT packs a wallop of an emotional punch and will affect every reader deeply.

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