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Shadowlands by Kate Brian Book Review

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?

Shadowlands was so good! It was described as a psychological thriller, and it turned out to be just that. The constant twists and turns kept me guessing throughout the entire book ;)

I read this book in only one sitting. I think that was because of how much I constantly needed to know what would happen next. The main character, Rory, is being chased by a serial killer. After her narrow escape, her family is put into witness protection and sent to live on this island. From there, so many strange things keep happening, all while Rory is being chased by the killer who won’t give up.

I admired Rory a lot as a character. She still had her moments where she would freak out, which was completely understandable to me, considering how dire the situation she was in really was. Her sister, Darcy, got on my nerves in the beginning of the book. I came to understand her so much more over time. Their family had their own problems, which you came to see in the book and I loved that part of it.

I got pretty creeped out at different times. The guy after Rory was a sociopath, and Shadowlands had a few chapters with his point-of-views. Seeing into his dead and his thoughts was so freaky to me. I do scare easily, though, and I thought the author did a good job of not making anything that would keep you up from nerves super late into the night or anything ;) Their were two different guys in the book, but only one I would really consider to be a love interest. It’s also pretty clear he’s the one Rory likes from the beginning of the book. I, unfortunately, didn’t like him that much. You don’t really get to see much of him, which probably contributed to me not liking him so much.

The ending! I suspected something similar to that to happen, but I never completely reached the same conclusion of what the ending was like. It definitely opens up a whole new set of questions for the next two books in this trilogy. Overall, I’d highly recommend Shadowlands. It is an amazing, fast-paced thriller. The only thing that wasn’t so great for me was the love interest (if you can even call him that yet), so I’d give Shadowlands 4 out of 5 flowers.


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    1. Yes, I'm so excited for it :) I'm wondering how the story will continue though..

  2. This one sounds sooo intriguing!! I can't wait to see how it turns out and what the ending is. I'm really curious about that now. Too bad about the love interest, but hopefully there is more in the next two books. I can't wait to read this one. Glad you enjoyed it. Great review! :)

    ~ Maida <3


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