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When the Lights Go Out

Good Writing But Story Fails to Deliver



Jessica Sloan’s mother has just died of cancer. She spent the past several years caring for her mother and now it’s time to move on. She puts their house up for sale, rents a carriage house apartment and applies for college. But her Social Security number has raised a red flag with her college application. Jesse is mystified and begins a crusade to determine who she really is. With the shock of her mother’s death and the question of her identity she finds herself unable to sleep. As days pass and her insomnia continues Jessie‘s judgment is blurred. She begins to have trouble telling the difference between what’s real and what’s imagined. In the meantime, twenty years earlier and miles away another woman, Eden, struggles with infertility. A split second decision by Eden may hold the key to Jesse identity.


The writing was good and easy to read, but the story failed to hold my attention. It lacked substance and interest. Part of the story’s focus is on a woman’s struggle with infertility and a miscarriage and the devastating impact it has on her behavior and her life. Chapter after chapter we read about an overwrought woman who becomes obsessed and repeatedly reacts irrationally. Wouldn’t it have been nice to read about a woman who is strong in the face of adversity and turns her struggle into something good. Both Jesse and Eden were weak, self-centered and immature characters. Perhaps it’s just me, but I really don’t enjoy books that characterize women in a negative light. Such books are certainly not conducive to enhancing society’s perceptions of women in general. Thanks to Netgalley for an advance reading copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Publisher Harlequin Books

Published September 4, 2018

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