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Shadowlands Paperback – September 3, 2013

4 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the Shadowlands Series

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From School Library Journal

Gr 8 Up-Rory Miller has just barely survived an attempt on her life. Her attacker, serial killer Steven Nell, is on the loose, so Rory, her father, and her sister must enter a witness-protection program. As the family begins a new life in the vacation town of Jupiter Landing, it appears as if this place could provide the fresh start they all need. Rory and Darcy have been at odds for years. They meet a group of popular teens and party on the beach, hike, and surf. Just as the Millers start to feel at home in their new town, one of their friends goes missing. Rory wonders if this is just a coincidence or if it has something to do with Steven Nell, and she notices that things are amiss in Jupiter Landing. One of the local guys lurks around where ever she goes. Then other people start disappearing, but Rory is the only person who notices. In an interesting ending, Shadowlands leaves readers surprised and eager for the next installment in the trilogy. Teens who like chick lit and bit of a mystery will enjoy this one.-Shannon Seglin, formerly at Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Brian’s staple milieu—stylish teens living soap opera–worthy lives—gets a supernatural twist in this uneven series opener. When Rory escapes a vicious killer, the FBI assures her they will catch him. In the meantime, she and her family are given new identities and sent to a secret location. They arrive in Juniper Landing, an idyllic vacation island, seemingly without incident, though Rory is troubled by nightmares of the killer murdering them on the road. Rory and her sister, Darcy, join a crew of insouciant, beautiful people who party all the time, but Rory senses something is wrong. People keep disappearing, and while she is sure the killer is responsible, everyone else seems suspiciously unconcerned. Many readers will figure out the paranormal twist long before the reveal, and while Brian builds a strong sense of menace, the abrupt ending leaves most of the interesting questions unanswered. Plot improbabilities, such as the stunning ineptitude of the FBI, and undifferentiated characters hamper what could have been a compelling mystery. Brian’s fans will nevertheless find much of what they’re looking for. Grades 9-12. --Krista Hutley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Series: Shadowlands
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion; Reprint edition (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142316525X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423165255
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #859,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I read some great reviews of Shadowlands before I decided to go ahead and read it. I mean, I was unconvinced that it would be as good as some people were saying it was. Nevertheless, I had already gotten the book, so I figured I might as well read it. I'm still trying to decide whether I loved it or not. I guess I did, but the ending kind of killed that love.

I'm begin with what I liked and/or loved about Shadowlands. Pretty much everything. I loved the characters, the setting, the plot, it was all great. I'll elaborate. Shadowlands grabbed my attention right from the start. It dived right into the action and I loved that. Kate Brian did a great job with the pacing of the story and with character development, which I thought was pretty good.

I liked just about all the characters. However, my favorite had to be Steven Nell, the serial killer. He was a fantastic character. I think he was so well written that I felt like he could actually be a real life serial killer and I found myself connecting with him much more than I did with Rory. I wanted to know more about him and know more about his side of the story, so I wish there was more on that.

As I previously said, Shadowlands moved at a great pace and I loved everything that was going on. It was definitely suspenseful and while there wasn't a ton of action, it kept me on my toes. I was pretty much terrified. I loved this book so, so much... right up until the ending. What a disappointment. I just didn't see that coming and that's what upset me. Some reviewers said that they expected it, I just didn't see any of the clues that led up to it and I felt like it just ended on a huge cliffhanger.
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Format: Hardcover
Shadowlands is like a jigsaw puzzle - even though you try very hard to figure it out, you don't get to see the whole picture until the very end. And the pieces of this particular puzzle snap together even more tightly when you read the book the second time. Reading it is a phenomenal - I'd even go as far as to say diabolical - experience. It grips you from the opening lines and the ever-increasing tension never lets up. In the end, you're left completely breathless, confused as hell and eager to start from the beginning to try and figure out what in the world have you just read.

The story centres around Rory Miller, a teenage girl who somehow miraculously survived an attack from a serial killer. The killer - who also happens to be her teacher - have been watching her for months, obsessing over everything she did and said. And now he's determined to finish what he started.

After her brush with death, Rory and her family are sent away to a Juniper Landing (a small vacation town on a remote island) as part of a witness protection program. But what was supposed to be a fresh start quickly turns into yet another nightmare. The town is creepy. Weird and unexplainable things are happening, people act very suspiciously and it all adds up to a very disturbing and deeply bone-chilling picture. Things get even more intense when a local girl disappears without a trace and Rory catches glimpses of someone following her, someone who looks exactly like her former teacher.

Kate Brian evokes Rory's paralysing fear, pain and disorientation quite brilliantly. I couldn't help but to feel thoroughly creeped out - I swear I had goosebumps on my arms half of the time (must be some sort of a record!).
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Well, this one made me scared of things that go bump in the night. And even the daytime! Anything with a serial killer, a particularly prolific and determined one scares the beejeebeez out of me. This novel was different right from the beginning. First, because the serial killer is laying in wait for his prey and we view the attack from his point of view. But then, after it's over, the family just doesn't seem to take it seriously. There's no therapy for Rory, no coddling, no bringing the family closer. Everyone stays in their separate worlds, sequestered in their house for a week while the FBI searches for the serial killer. Darcy, Rory's older sister even gets angry when she can't go out to a graduation party. I can assure you, if it were me, I'd have a gun and a guy from the FBI by my side ALL the time. I'd sleep with him, eat with him, shower with him, breathe with him. And I would not whine about a party. I would probably make a fort in my closet and not leave until the serial killer was dead. So their reactions were a little off to me. I know they haven't recovered from the mom's death several years earlier, but it just seems off.

Then they have to leave everything and everyone they know at the drop of a hat. I think they get an hour. Maybe less. They have no idea where they are going so they don't know what to pack. They just fill a bag and go. The GPS is programmed and only one person in the FBI knows where they are going. And they are off to safety.

So, Rory. Well she escapes a serial killer so she's strong. You do have to give her that. She does not freak out like I would expect her to or like I think she should. When they move she's the only one that questions things. She's the center of attention which is the exact opposite of what it used to be.
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