Book Review: A Blossom of Bright Light by Suzanne Chazin

October 26, 2015 Book Reviews 0

Book Review: A Blossom of Bright Light by Suzanne ChazinA Blossom of Bright Light (Jimmy Vega Mystery, #2) by Suzanne Chazin
Series: Jimmy Vega Mystery #2
Published by Kensington on October 27th 2015
Genres: Mysteries & Detective Stories
Pages: 368
Source: NetGalley

Award-winning author Suzanne Chazin returns with a stirring novel of deadly misdeeds and heartbreaking choices in a seasoned homicide cop’s hometown…A split-second decision thrusts Detective Jimmy Vega into the epicenter of a disturbing case when a body is found near a gathering place for immigrants in upscale Lake Holly, NY. The cold-bloodedness of the crime and the innocence of the victim torment Vega. But so, too, does the feeling that he’s to blame. Or is he? Could the ravings of a delusional vagrant hold the key to the killing? And if so, why can’t the police locate him?
In a community gripped by fear of deportation, Vega needs the help of his girlfriend, activist Adele Figueroa, to gain people’s trust. But Adele is acting strangely, consumed by a secret that threatens to tear them apart. When the case takes a personal turn, both Vega and Adele discover that Lake Holly’s tranquil façade hides a terror of monstrous proportions, poised and ready to strike again. To confront the killer and save their relationship, Vega and Adele must forge a new level of trust—in each other, and in their most deeply held beliefs—to expose an evil that threatens to eclipse anything they’d previously imagined.
Written with equal parts passion and suspense, A Blossom of Bright Light takes readers on a journey of stunning revelations to uncover a small town’s most sinister secrets—and brightest hopes for the future. Mystery, sacrifice, and unremitting love converge in this gripping work by a master storyteller.


My thoughts

The first chapter had a lot of promise and I started by being really curious about the main relationship and what the infant was going to do to their relationship. Sadly, I had to put the book down and when I came back to it, I could not find the allure that I loved so much in that first chapter.

I starts with a couple having relationship issues. But, when you make choices there are consequences. Sadly, not putting the job first created a consequence that made Adele even more upset. This entire first chapter had me on the edge of my seat.

Had he seen the fork or even had an inkling it was there, Jimmy Vega could have saved so many things that night. His relationship. His conscience. A life. Had he thought with his head instead of points considerably farther south, he would have chosen far differently. It would have changed everything-because it wouldn’t have changed anything at all.

This impact can be felt to the very soul! The writing is tremendous and I wanted to continue reading but sadly other obligations in life took over and had me setting the book aside time and time again. Each time I picked it up I felt less of that initial impact. It was like the life of the story was gone, for me.

As the story progresses I realized that it just was not for me. Reading other Goodreads accounts I see that many, many enjoy this enough to give it fives. The writing is definitely good. Maybe it is the fact that this is a second book and I had not read the first. I did feel a disconnect with so many of the characters. I could not pull forth any empathy even though a lot of serious stuff was going on in this small town.

In short: This is a serious mystery, not your Cat Who type. The flow is quite good but I just felt disconnected. I am sure those that are fans of Suzanne will not feel the same way.

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The Author


Suzanne Chazin is the author of two mystery/thriller series. Her “Jimmy Vega” series, about an upstate New York cop navigating the world of the undocumented, “hits the heart, not just the pulse,” raves Lee Child. The books are based on Chazin’s outreach work with the undocumented. Publishers Weekly called Land of Careful Shadows (book #1), “timely and engrossing,” and Jimmy Vega, “engaging, psychologically complex.” A Blossom of Bright Light (book #2) will be published in November 2015.
Chazin’s other series stars FDNY fire investigator Georgia Skeehan. The Fourth Angel (book #1), Flashover (book #2) and Fireplay (book #3) have been called, “searing and emotionally explosive” (USA Today), and her heroine, fire investigator Georgia Skeehan, “incredibly strong” (People Magazine). The series is based on Chazin’s husband’s work as a high-ranking chief in the FDNY.
For more information, please visit her website at:

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