Shadowlands by Kate Brian: Review

Posted January 7, 2013 by Emily in book review, Uncategorized / 14 Comments

Shadowlands by Kate Brian: ReviewShadowlands by Kate Brian
Series: Shadowlands #1
Published by Disney-Hyperion on January 8, 2013
Genres: Young Adult, Horror & Ghost Stories, Law & Crime, Love & Romance
Pages: 336
Format: Advanced Review Copy
Source: Disney-Hyperion

I received this book for free from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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?

Right from the beginning Shadowlands is dark and deliciously creepy. Rory’s narrow escape from her would be murderer is pulse-pounding. As is every segment told from his point of view. There’s no other way to put it other than it’s just fantastic suspenseful storytelling. Through the entire book I don’t think I ever felt like I could take a breath. And I wanted more than anything for Rory and her family to be safe. Not just so that things could go back to normal, but so that an evil person like Nell wouldn’t win. Just this once.

Once Rory and her family enter witness protection and go to their safe house, the story changes tone a little. Though you never get the sense that she’s truly safe, it seems like there is something else that just isn’t right. And though you can’t put your finger on it, you know it’s significant. Like I said, great storytelling.

So, let’s skip to the ending, shall we? I won’t give anything away, because that would just be mean. Just understand that this is the first in a planned series. And that the ending is going to kick you right in the face. As soon as I finished the final line I felt like the mirror I’d been looking through was shattered and it turns out it’s a window. I was frantically flipping back through pages to see just what I’d missed and how I could have gotten it so wrong. You’ll love it.

This novel ranks with some of the great twisted novels I’ve read lately (see: I Hunt Killers and Beautiful Lies). And seriously, the sequel just can’t come fast enough.

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14 responses to “Shadowlands by Kate Brian: Review

  1. I liked I Hunt Killers and I've seen this book around so I may get this book a spot on my TBR. I thought it was a dystopian for some reason.

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