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Shadow of Perception (Book 2 CORE Shadow Trilogy) (CORE Series) [Kindle Edition]

Kristine Mason
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

What happens when negligent plastic surgeons get a taste of their own medicine…?

Chicago investigative reporter, Eden Risk, receives an unmarked envelope containing a postcard ordering her to watch the enclosed DVD…or someone else dies. No police. After Eden watches the DVD, a gruesome, horrifying surgery, she turns to the private criminal investigation agency, CORE, for help. Only she hadn’t expected that help to come with a catch. Her former lover, Hudson Patterson, has been assigned to the case.

Hudson would rather have another CORE agent handle the investigation. Two years ago, he’d screwed things up with Eden…bad. And as more DVDs arrive, Eden and Hudson find themselves not only knee-deep in a twisted investigation, but forced to deal with their past, and the love they’d tried to deny.


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About the Author

I didn’t pick up my first romance novel until I was in my late twenties. Immediately hooked, I read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of my own. After the birth of my first son I needed something to keep my mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn’t cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good came from writing it. I realized my passion, and found a career I love. When I’m not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) I’m chasing after my four kids and two neurotic dogs. You can email me at authorkristinemason@gmail.com, visit my website www.kristinemason.net, or find me on Facebook and Twitter!

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  • File Size: 1585 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0989479021
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E3HM1B2
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me completely engrossed September 12, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It's been a long time since I've read a book that kept me riveted and left me a little sad and conflicted. Shadow of Perception did all that and more.

First, kudos to the author for creating a villain who wasn't just plain evil. So frequently we see sociopaths or villains so psychologically messed up it's hard to believe they could truly exist. There are actually two villains in this book, and one of them will make you question your own idea of what is right and wrong.

The hero and heroine were interesting, to be sure. The conflict between them seemed to be settled a little too quickly, which made me question just how deeply Hudson wounded Eden before. I think the greater conflict was their difficulty in sharing their pasts, their feelings, their hopes for the future. Also, I wish the issue of Eden's eating disorder had been addressed more completely. I felt as if she got over it just too easily (though I suppose it's possible she's not actually over it -- maybe if we see her in the future it'll crop up again).

Those were the only real issues I had with this story -- nothing major, just little nit-picky things. The rest of the plot was great. I admit that my ability to "see" what was happening in my mind was a bit of a disadvantage here, as some of the scenes are pretty graphic.

I completely loved the secondary characters, but did feel as if I was missing a little of the dynamics between Eden and her sister for not having read book one. I intend to rectify that mistake immediately. So many of the other characters are begging to have their stories told and I can't wait for the next book.

The plot was solid, the writing clean, descriptive and easy to read, and I didn't notice any editing errors, but that may also be a credit to the writing keeping me so completely engrossed. I'm so glad to have been introduced to Kristine Mason and can't wait to keep following the members of CORE.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery, highly recommended September 12, 2013
By Emily
Format:Kindle Edition
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 stars
This was a wonderful, intriguing, suspenseful book that kept me constantly on my toes, and kept on shocking me, even to the end. I don't even know where to start with how much I loved this book, especially since I don't want to spoil any of the surprises.

First off, the plot twists. Now, I'm a finicky reader. I often read multiple books at a time, because few books can hold my attention all the way till the end. And the longer the book, the harder it is to hold my attention. Shadow not only held my attention, but I couldn't put it down. Just when I thought I had all the answers, another twist would be introduced. Whether it was a bump in the relationship between Eden and Hudson, a stalker, or a peek into the murderer's mind, things never got dull. The ending shocked me as well. I thought I had it all figured out, only to find out just how wrong I was. Usually, when there is so much going on, the story can get bogged down or way too confusing. Very few writers can pull this off successfully, and Kristine is one of them.

Secondly, the characters. I liked both Eden and Hudson, but the real show stealer was the murderer Michael. Usually most bad guys are psychotic, off their rocker, etc. Michael wasn't. You saw parts of the story through his POV, and once I heard his motivations for doing what he was doing...well, I was conflicted. Part of me was abhorred at what he was doing, and yet I also wanted to root for him. Most authors just make the villain a bad guy, end of discussion. Here, the villain was a father trying to get justice for his dead daughter. He was a good man changed into this monster. And...well, I can't go in to much more detail without totally spoiling it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Suspenseful Tale with a Romantic Twist August 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Shadow of Perception by Kristine Mason is Book 2 in the CORE Shadow Trilogy. CORE is an elite group of agents that handles unusually dangerous and heinous crimes. A Shadow of a Perception opens with a crazed father who has kidnapped the plastic surgeon he blames for his daughter's death and videotapes a diabolical surgery on the man. Eden, an investigative journalist and heroine, receives the tape.

Eden can't believe her eyes when she watches the first video or the note that instructs her to show the horrific sequence on the news or another person will die. Her first instinct is to call CORE who had handled similar incidents in the past. What she didn't expect was to have Hudson Patterson play bodyguard. He's convinced that the deviant killer behind the tape has his eye on Eden. It is difficult to be near Hudson after their affair ended so abruptly two years ago. She's tried to put it behind her, but having the living, breathing Hudson beside her brings it all back.
Hudson would rather have anyone guard Eden than him, then again, not. After all, he's the best and he wouldn't want anything to happen to her. He'd never forgive himself. He had a job to do and he could do it. Before he knows it, he, Eden and the rest of CORE find themselves trying to out think a driven madman anxious to exact revenge on those he blames for his beauty queen daughter's death. As the tapes arrive, and the body count rises, Hudson and Eden rediscover what they threw away so cavalierly.

Shadow of Perception has some majorly creepy scenes with the killer. CORE characters especially work well together. Hudson and Eden are initially very prickly around one another making their eventual return to love all the sweeter.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of perception
This book was not as good as the first, but was still a good read. I would have expected hearing more in the book about Celeste, Eden's clairvoyant sister, seeing the dangers Eden... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Parrotfan
5.0 out of 5 stars love this series
I love a good mystery mixed with a little romance. Her style of writing keeps you reading. Couldn't put it down. A must read.
Published 1 month ago by Angie
5.0 out of 5 stars will not dissapoint
Started the CORE books less than a month ago and I am hooked. Have read everything out on the CORE books, waiting for the next and already pre -ordered. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lori McLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting
Loved this book.... just my cup of tea, edgy romance mixed with gory mayhem! I found myself looking for reasons not to put the book down when I knew it was time.... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlii
4.0 out of 5 stars Double the suspense
Double the suspense in this second installment in the Core Shadow Trilogy. One killer fueled by grief and vengeance and another a complete psychopath all on a collision course with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cindy O
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow of Perception
Shadow of perception a really good book keeps you in suspense all the way through. I have now started nr 3 of the Trilogy and I think it will be just as good
Published 3 months ago by Barbara Andersen
4.0 out of 5 stars A new writer for my list
I was first drawn to this series by the sale price. I had never read this author but now can add her to my list. These books are good mysteries with a little twist to them . Read more
Published 3 months ago by Linda Ritchie
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining book
I started to read Kristine Mason when I purchased book 1 of the Shadow Trilogy. I have found a new author!
Published 3 months ago by deborah k heddleson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Great read would highly recommend this book
It is a great series make sure you read them all
Love it
Published 4 months ago by Deborah Howley
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I really enjoyed all three in the series. The plots are all interesting, but by the third book, the characters are pretty predictable. My only real complaint is the editing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KJB64
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More About the Author

I didn't pick up my first romance novel until I was in my late twenties. Immediately hooked, I read a bazillion books before deciding to write one of my own. After the birth of my first son I needed something to keep my mind from turning to mush, and Sesame Street wasn't cutting it. While that first book will never see the light of day, something good came from writing it. I realized my passion, and found a career I love.

When I'm not writing contemporary romances and dark, romantic suspense novels (or reading them!) I'm chasing after my four kids and two neurotic dogs.

You can visit my website www.kristinemason.net, email me at authorkristinemason@gmail.com or find me on Facebook and twitter!

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