- File Size: 4547 KB
- Print Length: 247 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: ravZen Press (September 29, 2016)
- Publication Date: September 29, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LXTSAP7
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,487,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Shadows of Ashland Kindle Edition
"Bones Don't Lie" by Melinda Leigh
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You know that classic saying about judging a book by its cover? I try really hard not to, but sometimes covers influence me more than I'd like to admit. I almost passed on this book, the cover just wasn't doing it for me, but I finally said 'why not' and I'm so glad I did.
"Shadows of Ashland" is an atmospheric read, reminiscent of old Twilight Zone episodes. There was a steady drumbeat of dread running through the tale. Jan Abbott is a newspaper reporter struggling to manage a failing career, a failing marriage, and her father's failing health, all while confronting a problematic news story that is so much more than anyone expected. The problem: nobody wants the real story.
Jan's research leads her to an institutionalized woman with a split personality and dark secrets... almost as dark as the 'shadows' Jan sees at odd times in her vicinity. They're a byproduct of head trauma some years before... but could there be more to the shadows than Jan is willing to admit?
The story is told via first-person narrative and it was a brilliant choice! Getting the story only from Jan's perspective served to add to the tension, fear, and doubt. Had we been presented the story from other / outside perspectives the story would've lost a lot of its broody atmosphere.
If you're looking for a slow burn, darkly atmospheric tale this one is certainly worth your time!
It is a blend of suspense, mystery and investigation that kept me wondering what was going to happen next. There is an eeriness about the use of language that inspired an ongoing feeling of dread about what was to come, and it held my attention thoroughly from start to end. The continual feeling that there was something more going on underneath a higher level of inquiry, to me made it veer harder toward the crime and suspense genre than ghostly, but overall this was a really good read.