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The Shadow Constant: (for fans of Michael Crichton and Dean Koontz) Paperback – July 16, 2013
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"Dark Matter" by Blake Crouch is a brilliantly plotted, relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller from the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy. See more
About the Author
For A.J., texture reigns supreme. Whether it's air or blood or virus, it can be felt and smelled. Reality is always a little bit off from the norm and something usually lurks right under the surface. As a storyteller, A.J. loves irony, the unexpected, and a puzzle where all the pieces fit and make sense. Originally a scientist and a teacher, the writer says research is always a key player in the stories. AJ's motto is "It could happen. It wouldn't. But it could."
A.J. has lived in Florida and Los Angeles among a handful of other places. Recent whims have brought the dark writer to Tennessee, where home is a deceptively normal-looking neighborhood just outside Nashville.
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Reading Level: Adult (minor F/F situations)
Recommended for: Fans of thrillers, those who like to see a realistic representation of Asperger's
Book Available: July 16, 2013 by Griffyn Ink in Paperback
Trigger Warnings: violence, attempted murder, murder, arson, kidnapping
My Thoughts: I want to point out that I'm a huge fan of A.J. Scudiere. Not all of her books were five-star ratings for me, but all were very enjoyable. I think she has a lot of talent, and some great stories to tell. So when Griffyn Ink sent me a sample of the book and asked if I wanted to review it, I told them if A.J. Scudiere wrote it, I wanted to read it; I didn't need to look at the sample. Most of her books I was provided in exchange for a review, but once I'd read them, I went out and picked up a final copy for myself--sometimes for Kindle, and in one case, an autographed paperback.
This book has a steadily creeping and slowly building feeling of suspense that is as impressive as it is subtle. I stopped for a break and noticed my entire body was tense. To me that is a highly successful effect! Sometimes you can intellectually understand the suspense, but when it is a physical affect... that is some really decent writing.
One of the characters in the book has Asperger's, and it was interesting to me how well the author created the subcurrents that this condition can cause among different people. Reenie, Evan's girlfriend, is initially extremely intolerant of Kayla's differences, and treats her very poorly, while Ivy quickly susses out Kayla's actual abilities and provides a much-needed foil to the hostility from Reenie and the sometimes overprotective attitude of her brother Evan.Read more ›
So to the book, if you love Michael Crichton, you'll love AJ Scudiere! This has been the first book since I read Rising Sun cover to cover in one day that I simply couldn't put a book down! Great suspense, creative cast, and a plot that could easily be ripped from the headlines!
Read it, you'll look at the world differently when you're done. And that's a good thing!
One of the defining characteristics of Asperger's Syndrome is difficulty with interpersonal relationships and the reader experiences this not only with Kayla's employment history and her inability to hold down a job, but also with her brother, brother's girlfriend and Ivy, the woman hired by her brother to "babysit" Kayla. In the novel, Scudiere portrays two of the most common reactions to people on the spectrum. On the one hand, friends and family can be accepting and overprotective, while others can label those of us with these disorders. However, in both cases, just about everyone ends up underestimating people struggling to live with Asperger's Syndrome, one out of love and the other from judgments and prejudices. This plays out beautifully in Scudiere's novel and is elevated into an overall theme.
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As the amazing plot begins to thicken strangers start showing up at the plantation. Then Kayla, with her special skills, comes across an even bigger artifact and begins to work on it. Then, just as suddenly, deeper trouble follows and one person goes missing. Can the mystery be solved and the missing person found before it is too late? Or will Kayla's ability cause even more trouble? Will everyone be picked off one by one?
As I kept turning the pages and savoring every word, I traveled helplessly along with the wonderful characters as they were being dragged unwillingly deeper into the core of the story. I loved the detail work that went into this exciting, nail-biting new challenge with a new twist that kept me enthralled.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a solid read. Steady pace and good interaction between characters.Published 4 days ago by JSE
Good read with some VERY dubious historical references...still, almost believable. Characters were somewhat well developed with the usual dumbing down of their reactions during... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Avis Harmon
A pretty good story and it kept me reading long after my bed time. I would recommend this book to every one.Published 7 days ago by Stephen Schill
What a surprising read. Realistic plot and characters. I could say why this story was so intriguing and compelling but that would take the mystery out of it. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Georgie44
The moment I started this story, I knew it was going to be something different. First, the heroine, Kayla, has Asberger's, a form of autism characterized by limited capability of... Read morePublished 22 days ago by Author Jude Johnson
An original plot with a lot of action, I found it very entertaining and fun to read.Published 24 days ago by Tammy Sheldon
I liked the book even though it was not a story that made me want to sit and read until I finished it. I enjoyed Kayla's personality. Read morePublished 1 month ago by sassy
As a "neuro-typical" I found the endless litany of the advantages of Aspergers to be far over done. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Critic_in_my_own_mind