Lost in the Light

by Mary Castillo
Kindle Edition – Read  July 28, 2012

Available: October 1, 2012 for Kindle, Nook, iBooks, Kobo and Google Books

Cost: $4.99

Official Description:

No one remembers him…
One October morning in 1932, Vicente Sorolla entered the white house on the hill and was never seen again .
Now, Detective Dori Orihuela helplessly witnesses his brutal murder in her nightmares.
Settling into a 120 year-old Edwardian mansion, Dori restores her dream home while recovering from a bullet wound and waiting to go back on duty.
But then one afternoon, Vicente materializes out of her butler’s pantry and asks her to find a woman named Anna. Dori wonders if she’s not only about to lose her badge, but also her sanity.
Dori and Vicente’s unlikely friendship takes us back to the waning days of Prohibition in San Diego and the dusty barrio of National City. Mary Castillo’s new novel, featuring the wild Orihuela family that first delighted readers in Names I Call My Sister, weaves romance, history and a mystery into a humorous, touching and unforgettable story.

My Take:

First off I want to thank the author for generously providing me with an Advanced Copy of the book.

I’ve never read anything by Mary Castillo before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the premise of Lost in the Light was interesting, it had a bit of everything.  The story follows two characters, Vicente and Dori. Dori lives in the present and just bought this huge house that needs a lot of work and she’s stuck at home because she was injured on the job. Vicente died in 1932 and was murdered in the home that Dori purchased and he happens to be haunting and he’s been searching for answers for 80 years since his death. Somehow these two unlikely friends help one another and change one another. When Vicente first showed up it was a bit creepy, I mean he was a ghost and he didn’t seem like a friendly ghost and honestly if Casper showed up at my house I would still be freaked out. After a few chapters we find out what Vicente is all about and the story becomes more of a mystery, a hunt for the truth of what happened to Vicente all while Dori is trying to keep her sanity, life and career from unraveling. It’s a really interesting tale, Vicente’s history is so vivid that you can easily imagine the late 20s through the mid 30s you just want to find out everything that happened but the story isn’t fluid and it cuts off each time right when it is becoming more and more interesting. Dori is a mess and she has a potential romance, but the romance aspect of this story isn’t big, it’s there in both Vicente and Dori’s stories but I think it’s more the hope of Vicente finding his lost love that drives the story but it’s not all about the romantic aspect of it, I guess it’s more of a romantic notion. I think that the author weaves a fantastic tale through both worlds and we kind of see Dori evolve and grow through her experience and even able to allow her self to depend on others. I think this book is definitely worth picking up if you like a good historical mystery, with a touch of paranormal and a dash of romance. I will have to check out more of Ms. Castillo’s novels in the future.

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