Dec 22, 2014

{Review} of Vision of Darkness by Tonya Burrows

Vision of Darkness by Tonya Burrows
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

GENRE: Paranormal
THEME: Romance, Mystery, Ghost


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.


I felt this story is a great read during a dark and stormy night or either during Halloween. A small town, with a haunted lighthouse and a big mystery connecting two strangers… sounds like a winner to me! This story had quite a slow beginning, but Burrows really knows how to develop her characters, add building up an intensely dark mystery that involved ghostly beings.

Vision of Darkness follows DEA Agent Alex Brennan who makes a mistake on the job, now needing some time away from work. He ends of driving, which lands him in a small town in Main. Felling a strange pull to the town and a young waitress named Pru, Alex decides to stay. But when thing start happening and the lighthouse Pru is restoring seems to be the center of it, Alex starts to get involved in finding out what really going on in this town. Is it ghost or is someone behind all the murders and disappearances.

Alex is a troubled man, someone who has been on the job too long where he seems to be forgetting who he really is. A former military man he has some deep scars, but they seem to soften when it comes to Pru. Their connection is interesting since they are complete strangers who feel such a deep unknown connection. I liked how Alex was brought to this small town; even though he’s a skeptic he has this sense and feelings that bring him to this place. When he ends up staying at the lighthouse (which is known to be cursed! And haunted…so I wouldn’t stay there) things start to happen and secrets of the town start to come out.

Pru has gone through quite a bit in her life after he ex left her. But when she meets Alex there is no denying the attraction. Sadly a local guy who has a “claim: on Pru interrupts Alex and Pru when they first meet. Luckily the town draws in Alex and their attraction develops from there, even though Pru sees something about Alex that frightens her. I didn’t understand their connection at first and even after her cousin’s death, and Alex being accused she believed he was innocent. Near the end everything connected, why all this was happening, how they are connected and how the lighthouse is the center point for everything.

Overall this was an intense and well developed mystery, full of suspense and ghostly occurrences. This was actually a lot darker than I thought it would be but I enjoyed that about it. The couple has a steamy romance among all the chaos, I adored every moment of them together, it was definitely mean to be. There are many side character introduced including Alex’s D.I.E. buddies, who I’m excited to see what happens with all of them next. The epilogue isn’t a cliffhanger per se more of a what’s to come, and how there are still some scary people out there.

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