Book Review: Shadowlands by Kate Brian

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 program. Entering the program alongside her, is her father and sister Darcy. The trio starts a new life and a new beginning leaving their friends and family behind without 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. 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?


Okay, so I’m not going to lie: I was completely sucked into buying this book mostly because I had an Advanced Reader Copy of the sequel, Hereafter.  But, I read the synopsis on the back of this book and got pretty giddy about a fictionalized serial killer story, because we all know how fascinating it can be and how amazingly creepy they can be too.  So I sat down to read it.


There were a lot of things that I found to be somewhat unrealistic, but again those things were explained by the realization at the end of the novel.  I really think Brian did a superb job of creating a family dynamic that was both heart-wrenching and completely realistic.  Two sisters that are close in age and yet so far apart in personality, a father that retreated after a traumatic family event…that dynamic was extremely well done.


Now, things start to get a little weird when the family arrives in their new home of Juniper’s Landing, but I kept hoping and hoping there just wouldn’t be a random paranormal element involved. But, there was.  But I refuse to give any of that away because I’d rather you all see if you can figure it out earlier than I did.  I just didn’t see that coming!


3.5 Bards


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