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Out of the Shadow (The Shadow Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

J.K. Winn
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Book Description


Two women. One goal. To uncover the truth no matter the cost.

A survivor of rape and her husband's murder, all Becca Rosen wants to do is move on with her life, but how can she when she's being stalked by a psychopath with an attitude---and an agenda. The police are no help because they're convinced, with her history of mental illness, Becca has faked the rape to get away with her husband's murder. On top of that, Becca has begun to have flashbacks of childhood abuse, possibly at the hands of the rapist. Not knowing where to turn, and feeling like she might go crazy again, Becca hires Psychologist, Sarah Abrams, to help her unearth who's behind the crimes of the past...and the present.

Three men come into Becca's life around the same time. While each of these men has his charms, Becca can't be certain whether any one of them is the perpetrator. Or could it be someone else? Together Becca and Sarah start on a course of hypnotherapy to discover abuser's identity. Will their work reveal the real killer before it's too late, or will Becca fall prey once again to this demented criminal?
  • If you liked Out of the Shadow, NIGHT OF THE SHADOW, THE SHADOW SERIES BOOK 2 is now available at

Editorial Reviews


       Like the layers of an onion, OUT OF THE SHADOW peels away personalities, motivations, underlying motives, and dark, long-hidden secrets that immerse a circle of people in a web of dangerous associations. The conclusion is riveting, unexpected, and as satisfying as the rising psychological suspense which begins from the first page and ends with a bang.   D. Donovan, Midwest Book Review
       This is such a terrific page-turner that I lost sleep on the three nights that it took for me to complete it.  By the time I was two-thirds of the way through, I couldn't stand it any longer; I cheated and checked out the ending--and I was blown away. I hope J. K. Winn writes her second novel very, very soon. Next time, I'll try hard not to start with the last chapter.  Debra Sponable, Nights and Weekends
       Winn's suspenseful thriller thrusts readers into the intense trauma that may be Becca Rosen's psychological undoing...A dynamic thrilling read for readers willing to focus on more than one perspective.  Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

  • J K Winn has many stories to share. After years of working in the "real" world, she decided to reinvent herself in mid-life and pursue her love of story.
  • Out of the Shadow is her first novel published on Amazon, but she has one prior novel published in genre, and one play produced by the Actor's Alliance Festival in San Diego. Her poetry has been anthologized in, For the Love of Writing, by the San Diego Writer's Workshop in 2011. Her play, Gotcha!, was selected for a reading at the Village Arts Theater in Carlsbad, California, May 2012. Look for her latest romantic action adventure, RIVER OF DESIRE at
  • She presently lives by the beach in San Diego County, California. Visit her at her blog or on

Product Details

  • File Size: 1172 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: December 29, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008PYM59C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #555,566 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a classic Whodunit story accompanied with tragedy and loss.

It is based on a story of a girl named Rachael (I will refer to her as Becca, because that is what she is referred to as for most of the story) and her struggle with repressed memory. It begins with the tragic loss of her husband as well as her being raped in her own home. She begins seeing a Psychologist, Sarah, for help. She feels as though her recent rape has a connection to abuse that occurred when she was just a child.

This book runs two story lines at the same time. Sarah, the psychologist, is holding a weekend convention speaking about Becca's case. This is how we hear about her story. It isn't told in real time. It is told by Sarah to her audience.

Sarah describes many men that Becca comes in contact with through the course of her story. You never exactly figure out who the rapist and murder is until it starts being revealed towards the end. It keeps you guessing throughout the whole thing and really holds your attention. I felt like it was every guy at one point or another. It took me til the end, when it was explained to truly figure it out.

I love how this book was written. I was hooked from the beginning and didn't want to put it down. I was sad when it ended because I wanted it to just keep going.

Overall, 5/5 stars. This story was fun to read (despite the rough topics) and I would recommend it to suspense lovers like myself.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's a Proofreader When You Need One? November 26, 2012
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The storyline hooked me from the beginning, but I have to wonder if the author had anyone proofread her manuscript. There were numerous examples of misused words, e.g., using the word "conscious" when what she really meant was "conscience", "pack" instead of "pact", etc. Maybe this doesn't bother other readers, but to me it seemed amateurish.
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53 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing book! July 28, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
`Out Of The Shadow' was one of the best thrillers I have read this year. Winn created a spine tingling, action-packed, suspense-filled, novel that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very last page.

I loved this novel so much. The twists and turns were so creative. I was definitely thrown for a loop on the whole `who done it' part. She was very good at concealing her bad guy up until the end, which is a very tricky thing to do when it comes to writing mysteries. Becca's story draws you in from the very first page, maybe even the very first sentence for some of you. I know I was hooked from the first sentence, this novel just takes off as a very fast pace from the beginning and is a steady ride throughout the book. This is a big plus and very hard to do, so I give her a lot of credit and much respect for that accomplishment.

The plot was amazing, the writing was brilliant, her clues and the way the stories tie into each other was so brilliant and I loved it.

I really love stories like this they are such entertaining reads and you really cannot put them down. `Out Of The Shadow' was no different I read through it quickly because I couldn't wait to see what happened next. This action-packed read is a must have in your suspense collection. I really loved `Out Of The Shadow' and everything about it. I recommend it to any mystery or thriller fan or anyone who just wants to sink their teeth into a good book.

*I recieved 'Out Of The Shadows from the author in exchange for an honest review.*
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowy figure August 31, 2012
By marglyn
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
What a brilliant psychological thriller, so well written by the author who has years of experience in this field of psychoanalysis. This story is so realistic as the characters come to life in this murder mystery, with the female character being stalked and shadows from her past pursuing her. No wonder she is so mixed up and not knowing who she can trust. From the first page to the end it is a fast paced book with an unusual twist at the end. A must read book, look forward to reading more of this authors work.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stalker Comes Back In Psychological Suspense! November 30, 2012
By Glenda
J. S. Winn chose to tell her story through the voice of the psychologist for the victim, for an interesting movement back and forth between a professional conference where Sarah Abrams is presenting a paper to her peers, and where those in attendance ask questions about the actual victim and what happened to her... In one way, this established credibility for what was happening to the victim, since a concerned outsider was involved.

On the other hand, readers lose the buildup suspense to some extent... There are also some proofreading issues but they didn't detract...too much...

But not enough to prevent readers trying to solve the mystery of just stalking Becca Rosen...

For as soon as we begin the book we are directly in the scene of a hand pressing down on Becca's mouth, telling her not to move or scream. At first thinking she was in the middle of a nightmare, she struggled but soon realized that the pain was... very real...

It was 3:15 a.m. when he got off of her, got dressed and assured her she had not seen the last of him..

But where had David been--why hadn't he prevented this?

Then she found him, called for help, but "His flat eyes told her everything."

Becca Rosen, however, was faced with cops that had her as the number one suspect. No matter how much time they spent talking to her, asking her questions, they just didn't seem to be looking for anybody else. They even questioned whether she had been raped...

Becca had no choice but to try to help herself!

At the same time, however, she knew she had to move on and make a new life for herself. One new person entered her life just by becoming a new neighbor. Evan was a nice guy and took things easy as they became acquainted.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written, surprising end.
Entertaining from the first chapter through the last. I stayed up all night reading this book. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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