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In Her Shadow Audio CD – Audiobook, October 4, 2018
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“A bold and chilling concept, with twists that you’ll never guess!” —Claire McGowan
“Unique and compelling. A breath of fresh air for the crime genre. This is Mark’s best yet.” —Jenny Blackhurst
“An absorbing and chilling tale that had me shocked but desperate to know what happened next. Superb—storytelling at its best.” —Mel Sherratt
“Super chilling and suspenseful, with a jaw-dropping twist, this is psychological thriller writing at its best—unputdownable.” —Stephanie Marland
“Exhilaratingly creepy and all-consuming—I couldn’t put this down!” —Angela Clarke
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For some reason the book seemed lacking in intensity to me. It is hard to put my finger on, but the constant drug use and drinking was a put off of sorts. The sex therapy business and modeling business seemed like a veneer instead of a real thing. All of this cast a pallor over the main characters for me, and the added *me too inferences seemed forced and for me, unwanted. I get plenty of this from the news.
The first half of the book was great. Suspenseful, I was propelled along, absorbed by the mystery, engaged by the creepiness of the child and the frustration of her mother. I thought I had the protagonist figured out about half-way through, but alas, I was totally wrong. In the second half, I found that there were plenty of characters to despise, so I had a free-for-all in choosing my most unpleasant person. But the author did lose much of the pace and anticipation in this part of the story. I did like very much the way Edwards tied everything up at the end, leaving just a sliver of doubt for the reader to ponder.
This wasn’t his best work, but I will continue to read his books for sure.
First rate psychological suspense! The perfect Halloween read, equipped with a creepy, unsettling storyline, that appears to be paranormal, but you know by the end there’s going to be a rational explanation. This is my fifth book by this author, and the fourth one I have rated 5 stars. His books have so many layers, peel back one, and you’ve barely scratched the surface. I figured someone had to be manipulating Olivia, feeding her information, but I was completely stumped by who, why, and how they were doing it. Instead of making more sense as the book progressed, things got even more confusing and disconcerting, and it wasn’t until the last page that I had all the answers. Well, except for one part that was left open to your own interpretation, depending on how you choose to read into it.
I really liked Jessica, an average wife and mother, just trying to do the best for her family. She’s got a lot on her plate – grieving the loss of her sister, as well as trying to figure out who, or what, is trying to harm her daughter, and whether or not there’s more to Isabel’s death than meets the eye. The bulk of the story takes place in the present (2018) narrated by Jessica, with flashback chapters (2012-2013) in Isabel’s POV.
An entertaining, nail-biting novel. I will be waiting with baited breath to see what Mark Edwards comes up with next.
This book grabbed my attention in the beginning and held me hostage until the The last page was read. The plot and subplots were well thought out and well presented. The characters came alive and jumped off the pages. I love a book that I just cannot put down once I have started them and this was one of those. This was a real edge-of-your-seat page-turner and I was up all night reading it. Just when you think you had it figured out, something else would happen and you would have to start second-guessing yourself. You will change your mind several times about who the guilty culprit(s) might be. I was often breathless with anticipation and felt chills running up and down my spine. There were more twists and turns than a roller coaster ride and the big reveal(s) will blow your mind! The ending was perfect and it gave me goosebumps.
AfterThought: This was not my first book by Mr. Edwards — and it certainly will not be my last. If you want to read a great psychological thriller, get your copy today!
The writing, as always was superb. There were moments of brilliance, but overall, I would equate this to an "okay read." Not every writer hits it out of the ballpark every time, but that won't stop me from keeping Mark Edwards on my auto-buy list. Even if I didn't personally like this story, I'm sure there are plenty of other readers who will find it engaging. For me, this one missed the mark.
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When we were introduced to a 4-year-old, Olivia, I was thinking ‘uh oh, creepy kids scare the life out of me’, and she did freak me out on a whole new level. The whole story frightened the heck out of me; I swear even my bones shook with terror!
The characters were flawless, well described and complex. I loved Jessica’s tenacity and fierceness whilst hunting for the truth of what really happens to her sister. I loved her amateur detective mode, that she pull off so damn well you’d think she was actually a professional.
I loved, also, that we get two sides to the story; Jessica and Isabel’s. It made it interesting and revealing. I didn’t want this story to end, like with previous books from this author, and now we have to wait til July for his next head blowing book to arrive!
Although The Retreat is still my absolute favourite, followed closely by The Magpies, this one definitely comes in at number 3 for me, and The Lucky Ones sits at number 4.
This author is absolutely incredible and creating creepy stories that have a hint of horror and a whole lot of brain-muddling scenes.
Bravo, Mr. Edwards, you’ve done it again!
Jessica's sister Isobel, died four years ago in what appeared to be a tragic accident. But Jessica's daughter's insistence that she is speaking to "Auntie Izzy" leads Jessica to delve into her sister's life which is full of murky secrets. Jessica is soon wondering if Isobel's death really was an accident afterall. With a rich array of characters under suspicion you will be kept guessing until the end.
This book is a great read, it's well written and engaging, a real page turner! There is a lot going on and it would have been easy to devour it one sitting if only I'd had the time!
One of the back stories had a supernatural element that I loved. It was quite unnerving and reminded me of the true story of "The Enfield Poltergeist" The scenes withe Jessica's daughter were particularly scary - I won't say too much but there's a scene involving some stuffed toys that will stay with me forever!
In fact there was a lot of very creepy moments through the book - it will please both paranormal and thriller fans equally.
A story of 2 very close sisters, Jessica and Isabel, who were very similar in some ways but also very different in others, tragically separated by the tragedy of Isabels untimely and very suspicious death 5 years previous.
Now Jessica's 4 year old daughter Olivia (who is an amazing character) is starting to say things that she could only have heard from her deceased aunt.... But how can that possibly be??? Read this amazing book to find out, you will not be disappointed!!
Another nailed on 5 star book by the best author of psychological thrillers out there right now. It will have the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end I guarantee.
The basic premise of the plot isn’t bad but could be handled so much better. And it isn’t helped by the paranormal theme, which seems out of place and doesn’t ring true - a plot within a plot, rather than the driver of the story. I’m sorry to say, I found the whole thing contrived and unconvincing, with some parts so far-fetched they were embarrassing. A reader can only swallow so many convenient coincidences before disbelief and frustration set in.
As for the characters, they are all rather wish-washy, so it was hard to really care what happened to them. Was Izzy’s death an accident, suicide or murder? Is she really communicating with her 4 year-old niece from beyond the grave? Truth be told, I struggled to engage with these questions and would happily have given up half way through, if not for my respect for the author.
Mark, please stick to what you do best in future and leave the spooky stuff to those like Stephen King who are masters of the genre.
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Jessica always believed it was an accident. However, her four-year-old daughter, Olivia, is now claiming her aunt Izzy – whom she never met – is angry because a bad man pushed her off the balcony. When she also begins to cite long forgotten details about Isabel’s past, Jessica starts to feel there is something more sinister behind her sister’s death.
Despite the police conclusion that Isabel’s death was indeed an accident, Jessica’s mother – who consistently maintained her son-in-law, Darpak, was responsible for her daughter’s death – is only too ready to accept her granddaughter’s story that Isabel’s spirit has returned to seek justice. Jessica, however, is more sceptical, but when Olivia’s strange behaviour starts to cause concern at school, she decides to investigate her daughter’s claims and hopefully uncover the truth about Isabel’s death.
Although ‘In Her Shadow’ gives the impression of being a supernatural novel, there is much more too it than that. Olivia’s claim of talking to her dead aunt is simply the catalyst for a thrilling investigation into the truth behind Isabel’s death, one which systematically exposes a trail of secrets and deception which eventually brings everybody into the spotlight of suspicion.
The more Jessica learns about Isabel’s life, the more she realises it was far from perfect and, as she delves more deeply into the events leading up to Isabel’s death, the list of suspects grows ever longer.
As with his previous novels, Mark Edwards has created the kind of situation that could easily happen to anybody, which makes the story all the more credible. With so many potential suspects to choose from, it is an intriguing and engrossing read that will keep you guessing right until the end.
I can hardly wait for his next read.
Jessica, has to decide, is this truly a ghost, or is someone feeding Olivia this information.
Thus, Jessica needs to get to the bottom of this, for her sake, her daughter's and most of all to find out the truth about Izzy. In true Mark Edwards style, there are lots of twists and expect the unexpected.
Compelling reading with lots of entertainment value along the way.
Definitely recommend this book!
I've always prided Mark Edwards on his omg moments (and to be honest there were lodes of those in this book) but the main plot point was underwhelming to me.
Regardless. I loved this book and the family element was something new and refreshing to me 😁. I would be interested to see Mark do more of those and yeah...a great more and highly enjoyable.