Red Light, by J.D. Glass
Publisher: Ylva Publishing
Release Date: November 18, 2015
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Trigger Warnings: abusive relationships (emotional and physical); rape; drugging.
Sometimes, heroes need a hero of their own.
Red is… The blood family that Victoria Scotts, “Tori” to her family and “Scotty” on the job, has, the mother and younger sister she supports emotionally and financially, the famous cousin that seems to have even her mother’s favor, the family legend they’re all held up against.
Light is… Learning her true calling despite her mother’s censure as Tori becomes an EMT in the New York City 911 system, discovering true friendships despite and within horrific circumstances, and falling in love—really, truly, passionately, in love, not just “for real,” but “forever.”
Blood is… Shed when a good faith attempt to render aid, comfort, and compassion go horribly wrong, leaving Tori not only injured, but also questioning the validity of her relationships, the ties of flesh and those that transcend it, and her faith in the innate goodness of people.
Love, friendship, and loyalty, are all tested and pour out like blood under the Red Light.
A fascinating look into the world of an EMT, told from the point of view of Victoria, aka Tori or “Scotty”. J.D. did an excellent job of combining the real life dramas of the EMTs and medics with the detailed medical procedures, and I never felt like there was too much information given.
There was a lot to like about this novel, although there were also things that I really struggled with.
I loved following Scotty’s academic career, and her strength and will to continue her EMT training. She’s very bright, very driven, and that pays off for her. Even when everyone around her looks down their nose at her career choice, she stands tall, because she enjoys making a difference.
I also liked the side-story with Scotty’s family, especially her cousin Nina. I wanted to see so much more about that! I’m not sure if there’s another book, but I think I would definitely read one about Nina and her family.
What I didn’t like? Unfortunately, was Scotty herself. Rather, her inability to take care of herself. She goes from one bad relationship to another, and it’s so frustrating as a reader to see a brilliant young woman who can’t stop dating abusive (emotional or physical) women. I think the sex scenes were (mostly) excellent, and eventually things balance out for Scotty, but I was just so frustrated with her relationship decisions that it honestly made me enjoy the novel a lot less.
And…truth to tell, I still wasn’t entirely comfortable with what we—no, what I—had done the last time we were together. I still couldn’t even begin to find the words to describe it, but I didn’t feel right about it—any of it, really. I was glad she didn’t push it further—I don’t think I could have said no.
In the end, I enjoyed the novel, but I would have loved it a lot more if Scotty had stood up for herself, rather than been so weak-willed. It didn’t even feel like an abuse victim to me, just someone who literally couldn’t say no.
I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.