Title: Illuminated Shadows (Treble and The Lost Boys #3)
Author: G.R. Lyons
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: December 28, 2018
Page Count: 295 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
When Victor Lucius was sixteen years old, a few cruel words out of his mouth led to a brutal tragedy, one that Vic has been trying to make up for ever since. Now, working as a missing persons expert, Vic tracks down and rescues people from abandonment or abuse, trying to alleviate the guilt constantly weighing him down.
His latest case—a boy who was kidnapped at the age of two and then held captive for nineteen years—is by far the darkest of his career. If there’s any chance of Vic finally redeeming himself, helping this boy might be it.
But rescuing Colby from his basement prison is only the beginning, and brings a whole new struggle to Vic’s life:
(Note: This story takes place in a fictional world, the same as in the Shifting Isles Series. There are multiple gods, different names for the days of the week, etc. A glossary is included.)
First and foremost: TRIGGER WARNINGS: Child abuse, Rape, Graphic scenes, violence. Those are the most important ones that I feel need to to be listed. This book is not one for those that have triggers to any of those things because some of this book is very graphic. Not all of this takes place in the moment of the book but they are described in the memories of what happened. So forewarning.
This book is one of those reads that has you heartbroken for the main two characters several times over. It is a great read about overcoming the horrible things that have happened in the past but at the same time leaves you feeling the pain and heartache of the character. It is one of those books that when you are reading the book you just keep thinking that if this happened for real it would be a modern day horror story.
Vic has dedicated his life to finding young men that have been, or are being, abused and helping them to get to safety and the help they need to start a new life. When his best friend gets a call out in a individual that has passed away and something odd comes back, Vic knows this is a case he will not walk away from unaffected.
Colby has never known anything but abuse. Since that is all he knows, he does not have anything good to compare it to. So when he is rescued after all these many years of being abused, it is hard for Colby to understand Vic wants nothing in return for helping him.
It is not easy for Colby nor for Vic. The abuse Colby suffered brings back a lot of horrible memories for Vic as well. But it also breaks his heart for the way Colby was treated. It is going to take a lot for Colby to ever be able to trust anyone again.
But there is also the fact that the more Vic gets to know Colby, the more he realizes just how strong of a person he is and Vic also starts to fall for Colby. But he knows nothing will ever come of it.
Can Colby ever get over what he went through in order to have somewhat of a normal life? Can Vic learn to let go of his past and the guilt he feels because of it?
This is a book I would describe as being a book of learning to live for the first time ever and learning to let go of the past. It is a sad read in more ways than one but it is also an inspiring read because of what these two men have been through and they are still standing and not giving up.
I look forward to the next book in this series when it comes out.