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Shadow Cay Paperback – March 30, 2010
From the Inside Flap
"INTENSE, CHILLING, ENTERTAINING NOVEL. . .If you enjoy a good thriller, Shadow Cay will provide that and more. It sets a strong pace from the start with riveting action and dialogue. The beautiful Bahamas background adds contrast to the frightening action and gritty texture of the story."
--BellaOnline Mystery Editor
"SUSPENSE AND THRILLS. THE STORYLINE IS DEEP AND RICH, FLOWING WITH CHARACTERS THAT PIECE TOGETHER LIKE A FINE JIG SAW PUZZLE, BRINGING FORTH A STORY THAT REELS WITH ADVENTURE AND INTRIGUE...A real thriller, one that wraps around you and keeps you tied to the pages until the final curtain."
--Midwest Book Review
"WHEN YOUR NEXT HEARTBEAT MIGHT KILL YOU, YOU LIVE A LIFE ON THE EDGE AND IN SUSPENSE AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHERE TWO CHARACTERS CREATED BY AUTHOR LEONA DEROSA BODIE LIVE. Their story is captivating, their bravery unique and the story is full of twists and turns, which leave the reader wanting more while flipping through pages."
--Hot Gossip Hot Reviews
"IT WAS A GOOD THRILLER AND WOULD MAKE AN EXCELLENT MOVIE."
--Beck's Book Picks Blog
"SHADOW CAY REALLY DELIVERED...LEONA BODIE IS NAME TO WATCH IN CRIME NOVELS."
--A Chick Who Reads BlogSpot
"SHADOW CAY" IS A FASCINATING READ, NOT TO BE OVERLOOKED. The search for morality and justice often finds you none. "Shadow Cay" tells the story as two justice seekers in Madeleine and Peter find themselves up against greed and corruption against a powerful corporation. Through their investigations, they may be risking their lives in this mystery set in the beautiful region of Miami and the Bahamas. "
--Midwest Book Review
"DRAMATIC, INTERNATIONAL THRILLER."
"A WONDERFUL, AWARD WINNING BOOK . . . The judges were unanimous in their selection of Shadow Cay as a 2010 winner in the Mystery/Thriller category."
--Premier Book Awards
2010 ROYAL PALM LITERARY AWARD. . . a winner in the thriller/suspense category.
--Florida Writers Association
"THIS WAS A PAGE TURNER. The action was steady enough to keep me non-stop turning the pages until I had finished it."
--The Musings of a Book Addict
"Leona Bodie had done a good job; this novel is . . . RAW AND GRITTY, BUT ENTERTAINING. ENJOY."
--Reviewer for Book Pleasures
"MADELEINE NESBITT IS ONE OF THE STRONGEST FEMALE CHARACTERS I'VE SEEN IN AGES."
--A Chick Who Reads BlogSpot
"BIG BUCKS AND BIGGER DREAMS ENTWINE IN A WEB OF DECEIT. I can't wait to read more by this author. Leona Bodie is a new master storyteller. I found Shadow Cay hard to put down . . .The characters are lifelike and made me care."
--JW Thompson, Author of
Mysterious Lady and Hidden Evil
"LEONA BODIE IS A MASTERFUL STORYTELLER and I highly recommend her new thriller, SHADOW CAY."
--Chere Reynolds, President of the
Florida Assn. of Forensic Professionals
LEONA BODIE BRINGS THE READER TO ANOTHER PLACE. SHE DOES SUCH A NICE DESCRIPTIVE JOB I FELT LIKE I WAS IN THERE IN FLORIDA. PLEASE PASS THE SPF50, THANK YOU.
--Gelati's Scoop BlogSpot
"This suspenseful novel is a treat to read because of the way the author delineates her characters. LEONA BODIE IS A FRESH NEW TALENT in the much-plowed field of mystery books with something interesting and original to say. Shadow Cay is a 'can't put down' reading experience.
--Malcolm Mahr, Author of
Murder at Paradise Spa
From the Back Cover
SHADOW CAY captures the sun, sin, and suspense of Miami and the Bahamian Out Islands.
Already reeling from a rash of maritime disasters, a war and international terrorists, vigilante Madeleine Nesbitt and amateur detective Peter Duncan are destined for even darker days when they investigate the man with no conscience behind the world's most profitable enterprise. They find themselves in a sea of corruption, deception and lies.
Leona DeRosa Bodie is the author of a suspense novel and several illustrated children's books. Her career took her from high school English teacher to corporate executive and president of the Greater Miami Society of Human Resource Management before she shifted to writing books. She is currently a freelance writer/editor, VP of the Treasure Coast Writers Guild, and lives with her husband Walt in Florida. He's a forensic expert with 21 years of experience with the Miami-Dade Police Department Crime Lab.
THERE'S A FRIGHTENING THOUGHT YOUR NEXT HEARTBEAT MIGHT KILL YOU.
Big bucks and bigger dreams entwine in a web of deceit.
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However, the volume of POV characters that marched into the story was difficult to keep up. Each chapter I wasn't sure who was going to be onstage. And several times, that is all that happened, a narrator told of events happening rather than putting the reader into the action. This got worse the farther into the story I got.
There were even a few minor characters that were POV characters who appeared only a couple of times and their appearance could easily have been eliminated with no problem.
Still, I wanted to know what happened so I stuck it out. Only to be extremely annoyed by the narrative ending of the story. It totally fell flat. The ending read as if it was just an extra chapter of notes that the author had in their file to explain the final events to the author and which she felt the reader needed. We don't. We know what happened to the bad guy and the good guys and we're good. We don't need to know what happens somewhere else to a secondary... no... not even a secondary, just a character who was simply a walk on.
Very disappointed as I do think this could have been told much better if the author had stuck with fewer POV's and less narration.
I'm not likely to read another of her books.
Shadow Cay is an action packed, fast-paced story about murder, corruption, deceit, and drug cartels, with a little bit of love thrown in too. Taking place in the Bahamas, Florida, and Colombia, Leona's writing style is right on par with the top mystery and thriller authors in bookstores today. A young girl witnesses her parent's murder and ultimately finds herself in the middle of drug ring headed by the man responsible for ruining many lives. The story is told from a number of character perspectives, allowing the reader to fully explore the extent of their connectivity and deception filtering through those involved. Shadow Cay is an entertaining read, and is well deserving of all the awards and recognition highlighted on Leona's website. Although at times I did find the switch in characters and timeline slightly confusing, Leona's writing style is poetic and captivating. She has a way with words that I've rarely seen before and I found myself getting lost in her elegant descriptions. I definitely recommend Shadow Cay, especially for fans of Michael Crichton, Dean Koontz, Jonathon Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, and the likes.
On terms of story, it's very much plot driven and Ms. Bodie takes two stories and connects them beautifully. For those who enjoy reading mystery thrillers there is plenty here to please. The villains are well written, and I personally like characters that you love to hate. Yet Maddy, having overcome more than most anyone could imagine, has you rooting madly for her. She is a wildly wonderful strong female character. The interwoven love story is a bonus.
If I could have given this a 4.5 star rating, I would have. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 star is that it needs editing. The first part gets a little mired in flashback and there are several typos throughout. As a consumer of fiction, this has become one of my greatest peeves. It's not enough to keep you from reading Shadow Cay. It's gritty and consuming and altogether a great ride.
I am pleased to have discovered and recommend Shadow Cay and will look forward to Ms. Bodie's next book.