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Secrets In The Shadows (Shadows Collection Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

T. L. Haddix
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Book Description

Book One in the Shadows Collection

After surviving a traumatic attack as a teenager, as well as a disastrous first marriage, Lauren Taylor Grant is content with her life. So what if she gets lonely from time to time? With a healthy, beautiful daughter, and a successful coffee shop-cafe, the divorced single mother convinces herself she doesn’t have time for love. When she gets her first glimpse at her parents’ handsome new neighbor, though, she starts reconsidering her stance. Once Charlie Clark begins breaking through her defensive walls, Lauren finds him hard to resist.

Just as Lauren is learning to let go of the past and embrace the future, her personal demons rear their ugly heads in the guise of a vandal hell-bent on destroying Lauren’s happiness. When another local businesswoman is brutally murdered, the investigation into the crime reveals an unexpected connection to Lauren’s past. The message is clear--the past has come calling, and it’s out for blood.

Note for Readers: This book does deal with the issues of incest and sexual abuse, more with the effects on the victims than the abuse itself. Reader Discretion Advised.

“Secrets in the Shadows” is the first book in the Shadows Collection, a series of novels set in small-town Indiana. Other titles include “Under the Moon's Shadow,” “Shadows from the Grave,” “Hidden in the Shadows,” "In the Heart's Shadow," and "Deception in the Shadows."

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About the Author

A self-proclaimed bibliophile, T. L. Haddix has had a life-long love affair with the written word. After trying several different career routes, including medical transcription, genealogical research services and a very brief career as a sandwich artist, she finally took the plunge she had been avoiding for years and started writing. She is constantly creating, whether it is painting, drawing, designing house plans, cooking, baking, crocheting, knitting or quilting, the drive to create an intrinsic part of who she is. Living in Southern Indiana with her husband and their three cat children, she is currently hard at work on her next novel. T. L. loves to hear from her fans, and can be reached through her website at

Product Details

  • File Size: 583 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0984528105
  • Publisher: Streetlight Graphics Publishing (March 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984528105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984528103
  • ASIN: B003ES5S7U
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,983 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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87 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This book is not a genre mystery (though there is a mystery in it). It is not a romance (though there is plenty of romance). It is not a psychological thriller (though the psychology is as twisted and creepy as any you might read about in your most lurid of true-crime exploitations). What you have here is an honest-to-God literary work that deals with the secrets of people that could very well be your next door neighbors. Secrets masqueraded beneath the thin skin of normality, that take us all by surprise when they erupt in sudden and dispicable violence. And it is pulled together by a newly published author who is only going to get better. The prose is sometimes lyrical, but the dialogue is as rough and real as the every day America. You never have the feeling she is putting words in her characters' mouths.

The author is not dealing with mythical monsters, but the real ones that feed off that dark stream of malignance that runs through the heart of every idyllic American town. Living in the shadow of evil affects us all. And she tells us through the lives of her people that even the best of us are scarred. Even those who fight evil are touched by it and can never be the same.

The true mark of a good book is that reading it makes you want to read more. I was about fifty pages into this better than three hundred page book and I was already wanting the next one.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets in the Shadows February 2, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Sometimes we get so wrapped up in reading stories about sexy supernatural beings, fairytale endings and demonic monsters, that we push aside the reality that you don't have to have supernatural abilities to be a real life monster. The monsters I am referring are like those found in the book one of the Leroy's Sins series, Secrets in the Shadows by T. L. Haddix. These monsters can be your best friend, your next door neighbor, the guy who always smiles and says hello as you pass each other on the street, or even your closest family member. Living a seemingly normal life by day but lurking in the shadows at night, they leave a trail of emotional destruction where ever they go. In Secrets in the Shadows, such is true for cousins Margie and Lauren, as we follow their shared story and learn why sometimes people have to do the unthinkable just to be able to survive. T. L. Haddix covers some real life issues such as rape and abuse and how hard emotionally it is to overcome such terrible struggles, especially when there are unanswered questions preventing the healing process. The first couple of chapters are a little slow moving, but it quickly found its pace and moves along and keeps the reader intrigued and wanting to know what happens next! One thing that I particularly liked, was that T. L. Haddix doesn't sugarcoat these issues and have the stereotypical fairytale ending, where everyone goes skipping off happily into the sunset. The reader feels the raw emotions and struggles that they character is facing and not everyone is lucky enough to make it out alive. I can't wait to see what happens in book two of the Leroy's Sins series, Under the Moon's Shadows.
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76 of 90 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very interesting March 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this because so many people raved about it. It didn't live up to the expectations.
It's writing isn't terrible, but it is often stilted or contains unnecessary information. I don't care that she stopped at a gas station to pee, when going to the bathroom has absolutely nothing to do with the story. But that's (hopefully) a new author issue that will improve over time.
What really bothered me was how one dimensional and stereotypical each character was. The "bad guys" had absolutely no redeeming quality and got what they deserved. The "good, moral people" get rewarded in spades. The token "slightly immoral" people go undeveloped, remaining flat and uninteresting. The woman is always rescued by a man and when it truly counts, can't take care of herself. By the time I got 80% through the book, I just skimmed the last few chapters to snag the highlights of how the author was choosing to end things. Which was, unsurprisingly by then, so predictable I didn't even need to bother. Not a single twist, or even an attempt at understanding the "villian's" point of view.
If you want something bland with black and white morals and a completely predictable story line with only a little clunkiness to the writing, then this book delivers.
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47 of 56 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible October 3, 2012
By JMUtah
Format:Kindle Edition
I did read others reviews about this book prior to ordering it so I had some idea of what I was getting into. Having said that, I read a few chapters of this before I had to delete it completely. The whole story line of incest and the way the story plays out initially did not make for entertaining reading. Sad subjects are a part of our world but this was just done in such a flippant way I could not be bothered to continue reading.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good book, BAD romantic suspense October 28, 2013
By Renee B
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This is finally going to be my lesson to read the first book in a series before I buy anymore of them because now I'm stuck with the other 4 books in this series with very little desire to read them. That being said, I was really conflicted on what rating to give this book. It's not a bad book at all, but I HATED it and couldn't wait to be done with it, and in fact, actually skimmed the last 4 or 5 chapters. It's true that the first chapter sucks you right in, but it's all pretty mundane and boring after that. If you enjoy "Leave It to Beaver" type series about life in a small town, you'll enjoy this I think, although for you "purists", it does have some foul language, which actually surprised me because the rest of the book is pretty, ummmm wholesome might be the nicest way to describe it. I'm not a pervert, but I like some steamy romance in my books, along with some murder-and-mayhem type suspense, and this one has neither. In fact, be warned that there's no sex at all in this book. Period. The story itself isn't bad at all, it actually makes you despise some of the characters and root for the others, and I suppose the romance is "sweet", but it was just not my cup of tea and I'm sorry I wasted $4 each on the other 4 books. I do have a slight interest in seeing what happens between Ethan and Beth, so I may read the rest of them at some point when I'm in the mood to not be too involved in a book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Bonnie Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Family Secrets
Two young cousins forced into an intolerable situation that changes their whole lives. Incest and child abuse are hard subjects and the damage done to the children and families... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L.L.Goss
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly good book... deals with so many dynamics and emotions
Amazingly good book... and FREE! I always think it's important to thank authors whom put their work out there for free, and in return I take a few moments to write a review. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets in the Shadows
Great read. Could not put it down until the very end. Thanks to the author,T.L. Maddox..Looking forward to more of the Shadows Collection.
Published 1 month ago by Mary S. Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars And I spent summer vacations in this area
Now a have a new series loved it
Published 1 month ago by V. Gift
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book
I enjoy a book that keeps you guessing, good realistic characters, a story to keep you interested til the end. I'll read more of this collection
Published 2 months ago by dscissorhands
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
liked the book somewhat would consider the other books in the shadows collection
Published 2 months ago by James Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series!
Love this author and this series!! Wonderful characters and a story that pulls you in. Can't recommend this enough!!
Published 3 months ago by jmoore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
enjoyed not having sex scenes or unrealistic scenes or relationships. well written as you are always wanted.ting to keep reading. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Vicki
5.0 out of 5 stars MsRose
Love this book!! The secrets are not all out. This book is well written and I enjoyed reading every page. You will not put this book down until the very end. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rose Williams
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More About the Author

T. L. Haddix is the author of several series, including the Shadows Collection (Romantic Suspense), Firefly Hollow (Romance with light, folklore-paranormal elements, set in Appalachia), Sunset Motel (Erotic Romance, writing as Mallory Love), and the I. Ronik series (parodies, written as I. Ronik). She's a self-described eccentric, somewhat reclusive stick in the mud who lives in Eastern Kentucky in a log cabin with her husband and their cat-children. Her hobbies include gardening, cooking, canning, sewing, and being short, and if she gets brave, she'll soon add chicken-owner to the list.

She writes books about characters who are flawed but who somehow still manage to overcome the challenges thrown in their paths and reach for happiness with their soul mates. And while she can't tell a joke in the real world to save her life, she tries to inject her characters' lives with quirky, unintentional humor that surprises readers at just the right moment.

You can contact her through her website,, which contains links to all her books and a very boring blog.

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