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Shadowlands by Kate Brian

February 9th, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books


Source: Received for review

Publication date: January 8, 2013

Publisher: Hyperion

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Summary from Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

I had mix feelings picking up this book.  It sounded intriguing but I only knew of Kate Brian from her Private series which never really grabbed my attention.  The story got off to a bit of a rough start as I could not believe that knowing the serial killer was just in Rory’s bedroom that the FBI would immediately send the family to a secret location with no escort and no attempt to foil any attempt at following them.  It seems like a no brainer that the killer would follow her to her new location.  If that was how brilliant these agents were it’s no wonder the killer has been on the loose for as long as he/she has.

Once they reach Juniper Landing things get interesting and the story did hold my attention.  There were a bunch of things that still didn’t make sense but as long as I ignored logic and went with it the story was interesting.  In fact, if the plot was a little more fleshed out to answer some loose ends I thought the book would have been really good.  Sadly there were a lot of questions that were never answered but still if you don’t think too hard while reading this is a fun read.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Thriller/Suspense, Young Adult

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