REVIEWED by Caroline
TITLE: Light From Dark
AUTHOR: Mercy Celeste
Narrator: Derrick McClain
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 12 Hours 37 Minutes
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2017
After a year of picking up the pieces of his shattered life, former US Marshal Micah Beasley takes a job as body guard for a spoiled rich kid who can’t leave his house. It’s a cupcake assignment. He just needs to get back in the game. What can go wrong?
Brilliant and incredibly talented, Christopher (Kit) Auberon wears tragedy as a second skin. Kit is all that’s left of a powerful family. Seemingly forgotten he’s spent his entire life in seclusion and he likes it that way.
Death threats are a fact of life, but when those threats become real, Micah and Kit are forced to put their differences aside to discover who wants Kit dead. Only to discover that there are monsters in Kit’s closet that should never be disturbed.
This is my third time reading Light From Dark but my first time on audio – Derrick McClain did a superb job with the narration, all 12 and a half hours of it, and it’s definitely one I will be listening to again.
Mercy Celeste excels at writing damaged MC’s who have fraught lives and uneasy futures. Here we have a double whammy as both MC’s are damaged and the family, I use that word loosely, that surrounds them, certainly Kit’s, is built upon lies, deception and dark unspoken secrets. Christopher Auberon, or Kit, is the character that will draw you in from the start. Something happened to Kit when he was 8 years old and the only thing the authorities know for sure was that his parents died and Kit vanished. Kit turned up later with no memory and no voice – roll forward nearly two decades and Kit is left to live virtually alone, roaming around in a mansion, with seemingly no family or friends to really speak of and no idea of who he really is or what his future may hold – and he still has no voice.
Micah Beasley is hired by an uncle who seems to care little for Kit to protect him when death threats are being made. Micah has problems and issues of his own and he has no idea of what he is walking into when he agrees to the job of “babysitter” to the rich kid. It’s immediately clear to Micah when he meets Kit that things are not going to be quite as easy as he assumed. Instead of turning heel and running, which is his first thought, Micah allows Kit to get under his skin and pretty soon Micah finds himself caring for the strange young man who is so innocent in some ways yet not in others.
There is a strong element of mystery that runs alongside Micah and Kit’s blooming relationship. I loved Kit’s wonder at all things intimate and sexual – he literally had never kissed anyone and Micah was so gentle and patient with him. Having just been to see Beauty and the Beast at the cinema I couldn’t help but see similarities in the story – Kit finally moving forward with his life when someone showed him love certainly had a fairy-tale feel to it at times.