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light of day book coverReviewed by Bethany Kelly

What starts out as a night of fun for Gabby and her friend, Maria, almost turns into a nightmare. If it weren’t for a mysterious guy with blue eyes, Gabby would have never known that their drinks were spiked. This start to Allison van Diepen’s, Light of Day, is what instantly hooked me.

After Gabby gets herself and Maria home, she can’t seem to get how close they came to disaster out of her mind. She also can’t get the blue-eyed cutie that warned them out of her thoughts. With these two things in mind, Gabby talks about her ordeal on her radio show, and subsequently finds out that the man who put drugs in their drinks was actually a pimp planning on making both of them prostitutes.

Gabby’s discovery of this puts her in more danger than she realizes, and when one of her friends doesn’t come home from a party, she fears the worst. After contacting X, the blue-eyed boy from the club, they work together to help bring Bree home. However, while working with X, Gabby discovers more than she bargained for about both Bree, and X. Will the feelings that Gabby has for X be enough to keep her in it for the long haul? Or will the secrets he holds destroy the relationship they have built?

First off, I enjoyed the entirety of this book. It was a fresh take on a romantic suspense novel. I don’t want to tell you all why–when you read the novel, you will find out. I found myself cheering for Gabby and X to be together, even after I learned the secrets from X’s past. I also liked that the author intertwined the love story between Gabby and X with the suspense of Bree’s whereabouts. Neither one of the story lines overpowered the other.

After I finished the novel, I found myself thinking about its overall message. Light of Day isn’t just a romance with a little bit of mystery thrown in to make it interesting. It is a novel about knowing people to their core, and finding out who they really are; not just the mask on the outside that they want everyone else to see, but who they truly are on the inside. What their dreams and desires are. What they are passionate about. What they are willing to do to get what they want. This novel is about seeing people—not for the person you want them to be, but for the person that they are. The good. The bad. The ugly.

The book also has an underlying message of fate and how something that may seem like the end of the world one minute can be the door to something better the next. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone and everyone.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperTeen. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.