January 7, 2013

My Thoughts: Shadowlands by Kate Brian

4 double chocolate chip cookies.

Cover Love:
I love the colors of this cover, but I think it makes the story seem like it would have a supernatural bent to it.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
I was in the mood for a suspenseful serial killer type novel.  This one fit the bill! Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:

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?

Romance?: Not really.
My Thoughts:

I wasn't sure I wanted to read this one because the title and the cover (birds!) makes it seem like there is a supernatural element, but there really isn't.  This a good old-fashioned suspense book (however, the second one could be more supernaturally).

There is a big twist.  And I had to try and figure it out before I got to it, I was wrong.  I am not going to say anything more about that except that it ends on a cliff hanger and made me anxious to read the next one!

There were a few things that didn't ring true for me at all.  I don't think that the FBI would send a family to a safe house without an escort or someone there to meet them--or ever checking up on them.  It makes me wonder when "the twist" actually happened.  I also know there are places that are still closed off or unplugged or whatever, but not for days on end.  No information from the outside world?  That was a little strange.

I felt really bad for Rory.  It's like her father and Darcy were glossing over this major thing that happened to her!  Near death experiences are not easy to get over at all and they acted like she shouldn't be feeling anything about the situation. 

To Sum Up:  This book was good, fast moving and suspenseful.  The twist and the cliffhanger ending make me want to read the second one right when it comes out!

Book requested and received from Disney via NetGalley.  Thanks!

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