Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Review ~ VISION OF DARKNESS by Tonya Burrows

Vision of Darkness (D.I.E. Squadron Series, #1)
by: Tonya Burrows
Series: D.I.E. Squadron
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Source: Blog Tour

A beacon of light...

Undercover DEA agent Alex Brennan doesn’t believe in the paranormal, despite the exhausting nightmares that reveal things he shouldn’t know. When sleep deprivation causes him to make a horrible mistake on the job, he is driven to find answers. Dreams guide him to a lighthouse in Three Churches, Maine, where he finds an inexplicable and comforting familiarity in the arms of the lighthouse’s beautiful keeper, Pru Maddox.

A whisper of memory…

Deadly misfortune has long plagued Pru’s family, the result of a curse “The Green Lady” placed on the lighthouse. Skeptical, Alex searches for less ghostly explanations, though he can’t deny that the town has had more than its fair share of disappearances, suicides, and accidents. As their passion simmers, Alex digs deeper, and his dreams turn violent, frightening, and very real.

A vision of darkness...

To keep Pru safe, Alex must embrace his abilities and unravel the lighthouse’s mystery. Except someone—or something—wants the past to stay buried...and will do anything to keep it that way.

Vision of Darkness is a promising opener to Tonya Burrows D.I.E Squadron series and whilst not as intimate as her previous offerings, she weaves romance, mystery, suspense and the paranormal into the story.

"It's said lighthouses are America's version of castles.  Each has its own ghost and mine is no exception."

When Alex Brennan finds himself in Three Churches, Maine, little does he realise what lies in store for him in this small coastal town.  Inexplicably guided by his dreams toward the town's lighthouse, he soon falls for its resident, Pru Maddox.  Her family has been riddled by tragedy, she pins it on the curse of the "Green Lady" who haunts her home, only Alex doesn't buy it and begins to search for a logical explanation.

"You know how the mirrors keep explodin’?  Think about it.  It only happens when both you and Pru are reflected in one."

I found the first half of the book steady; it was enjoyable but the story seemed to be going nowhere particular fast; I needed that little bit more to keep my attention.  That said, Tonya laid solid foundations for subsequent books, introducing us to a plethora of characters and making them memorable to the reader.  Each person plays a pivotal part and brings value to the story and once I passed the halfway mark, the pace quickened, things started to come together and there were surprises I hadn't anticipated.

"If you hold me, I won't fall apart.  I need you to love me."

Whilst the blossoming romance between Alex and Pru is a constant throughout, the intrigue and mystery are equally as important to their story. And, with a slight cliffhanger of an epilogue (don't worry, it doesn't involve Alex and Pru), the ending has left me intrigued as to whose story will be next, but I can certainly say when the time comes, I shall be reading.

Rating: 3.5

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