Wait for the Light by Erin Adams has three identifiable stories. The first is about the life of an assistant to a celebrity. A reader is exposed to the complexities of this kind of life which I equate to the life of a freelancer or entrepreneur, a person living by wits in the hope of a sustainable income. I liked this story. The second story relates to alcohol and drug dependency. There are several good glimpses into the life of several characters’ addictions. Some are real, and thus painful. Some are fake with an agenda loosely related to dependency. I liked these stories. The third is about animal rights, specifically dogs. I found this third story overdone and I did not empathize with characters at this stage. Readers who emulate some of the actions described could be seriously hurt physically. There is also a legal ethics question. As might be guessed, I didn’t like this third story.
The author alerted me to this publication and asked for a review. Although she offered to send me a copy, I found the book on Amazon for sale at USD 2.99 or available through Kindle Unlimited (KU) for free. If I accepted the author’s free download, the author would only get a review but by downloading it through KU it becomes a review of a verified purchase which I think is a better deal for the author. That is the route I took.
Lucy is an A-list actress who has fallen into the trap of alcohol dependency. Although she appears early in the novel she disappears just as quickly into rehab. Her story and those of her AA colleagues will become the main story in the second third of the novel. Her early appearance is to set the stage for Alex, formerly the personal assistant for Lucy but now out of a job as Lucy needs post-treatment care before resuming a film career. Before “suspending” Alex, Lucy arranges a job for Alex. She will become the personal assistant of “Rottie” Wiles, a rapper just released from prison for animal abuse related to dogfighting.
“Rottie,” to be called Reggie in his post-prison life, is far wealthier and on a much higher level of intense public activity in his career as a rapper than is Lucy as an actress. Like Lucy, he is trying to restart his career with a cleaner image. He does not a want to appear the monster that some have made him out to be before his arrest. Alex is not familiar with the job requirements. She is very tentative in defining her duties and implementing what must be done. She is not Reggie’s personal assistant, that is Ham, but Alex oversees creating a positive public relations (PR) image. She looks forward to returning to Lucy’s employment when Lucy’s career resumes. The adventures of Alex in her new job will entertain readers who have found themselves in jobs difficult to define such as is the case with many freelancers.
As Alex moves forward in her new job while pining for a return to her old one, reader attention shifts to the second story, the rehabilitation of Lucy. There is a description of making amends. There is also a part of the rehabilitation story I seldom see discussed. There are people who attend rehabilitation sessions for either a social purpose or to fill other needs. I have witnessed homeless people who ask for a voluntary commitment not to overcome a dependency but to get a warm place to sleep. In this story, we have Wade, a famous actor who goes out for drinks after AA meetings with others he identifies as “false patients.” One of those “patients” is Alex.
The story then shifts into part three, a focus on animal rights, specifically dogs. I found this discussion disturbing. Alex accidentally hits and injures a dog and stops to rescue it. She decides to take it home but is arrested for DUI before doing this. Isabelle, a friend takes care of the dog until Alex is released from an overnight jail stay. Alex then takes the dog home and devotes a lot of time to its care. There is no indication that Alex has ever had a dog in her previous life. The stray she has unofficially adopted is a Pit Bull. Experienced pet owners have problems with Pit Bulls. I found this unrealistic. It gets worse. After Ollie (Pit Bull) disappears, Alex mounts an intensive unsuccessful search. This involves visits to every kennel she can discover housing unwanted dogs. Although unsuccessful in her search, her innate love of animals leads her to free two dogs she has developed feelings for and take them home. She steals the dogs. The first problem is that the two would like to kill each other and pursue their aim so vigorously that Alex calls a police officer friend, Paul, to help her by taking one to his home while she takes the other to hers. Paul doesn’t initially realize that Alex has stolen the dogs. When he finds this out because of security tape evidence, he aids Alex in overcoming minor technical rules that would make Alex a criminal. I have seen police officers fired and jailed for similar activity. I found this disturbing.
Of course, the three parts overlap as a good story should. This is a good story. If my son, a lover of dogs and animals in general, were to read this, I would caution him that the actions described in the latter part of the novel were unethical on the part of the police, illegal in law, and dangerous for an untrained animal rights enthusiast. Although the story is good, the third part leads me to give 3 Amazon stars. I would give 3.5 stars if possible but not 4.