- File Size: 1351 KB
- Print Length: 280 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: King Of The Road Publishing Limited (February 12, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 12, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BQ9OY3C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,639,289 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Shadows Behind Her Smile (A Cydney Granger Thriller Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Cydney Granger's husband Steve died in a bombing in Afghanistan four years earlier and Sean, the sergeant who was with her husband at the time of his death, has stepped in to help her with her children and her house. Along with his daughter Sophie, who has become both housekeeper and nanny to the twins, Sean now lives in the caretaker cottage on Cydney's property. Cydney is a corporate forensic specialist, but is also a psychic medium. For the past four years, it has disturbed her that her husband has failed to make contact, so Cydney strikes a bargain with Ray, a newly deceased man with real world issues that he would like her to solve. In the process of uncovering the shady business dealings of Ray's brother, Cydney places a target on all of their backs. When it becomes apparent that someone means harm to come to her and her family, will Cydney be able to figure out the source of the danger before it is too late?
I found the central story of The Shadows Behind Her Smile to be interesting, but there were too many side plots running concurrently. The author may have been trying to increase the suspense level with the multiple investigations, but it really only served to draw the focus away from the main plot. Ray's story, as well as that of Cydney and Steve, were the most compelling and the ones in which I was the most interested in learning the outcome. The Shadows Behind Her Smile would have been a much stronger book without the side plots, especially given the gifts that have been bestowed on both Cydney and her daughter. The psychic connection provides this book with a unique concept and one in which the author did not place enough focus. For these reasons, I found this book to be good, but not great. Because of the cliffhanger ending, I would be interested in reading the next book.
PUBLISHER: KING OF THE ROAD PUBLISHING LIMITED; FEBRUARY 12, 2016
This morning I awoke to a beautiful, warm morning out on my deck. After some coffee, I decided that I should sit out on the deck enjoying the sunny day and dig into another novel to review. I sat down with Karen Millie-James’ debut novel, The Shadows Behind Her Smile, and the next thing I knew three hours had passed and unfortunately I was finished with the novel. Do you ever find yourself frustrated and almost pouting because you’ve reached the end of a novel? Reaching the ending of this novel was so disappointing because I wanted this story to continue on and on!
The Shadows Behind Her Smile is about a Cydney Granger and her business as a corporate forensic specialist. Cydney is well-respected in her field, successful, and also has abilities to communicate with the deceased (making things quite interesting). Cydney lost her Special Forces husband (Steve) years earlier and now resides with her teenage twins, Sean (who served with her husband), and his daughter Sophie. Those are some of the major players, but there is a long cast of characters also tightly wound into the plot, especially her new love interest, George. When Cydney is contacted by a man recently deceased, she proceeds to try to help his widow re-gain control of the family business. Additionally, she and her team and researching a potential business purchase for a long-time friend. Between the two business investigations, she is also juggling an aging mother in a nursing home, a selfish sister that doesn’t help out, continued grief over losing her husband, and the prospects of dating and falling in love with someone new. Needless to say, Cydney has a great deal going on, but she remains driven and committed to her work, family, and friends. The narrator shifts in the novel from Cydney, Sean, Steve, George, and so on – however, these are not shifts causing confusion. This is a complex novel with several subplots, however, it is not overwhelming with too much happening. There were a few times that I got somewhat lost in the business talk about shares and holdings and investors, but I attribute that to my not being a business-minded person. You want to talk education, literature, etc., then I’m your girl. Not so much with the business and financial stuff.
Anyway… Millie-James has crafted a fast-paced novel filled with crime, suspense, love, loss, and trust that you will not be able to put down once you’ve started. The writing in this novel will propel you into the plot as if you are working with Cydney’s team on these investigations, instilling a longing for peace and resolution for several of the characters (and punishment for others). If you are not typically a reader of crime/thriller/suspense fiction, forget you’re preconceived ideas and put this on your to-read list. Luckily for all of us readers out there, Karen Millie-James is currently working on the follow-up to The Shadow Behind Her Smile, so stay-tuned for more of her eloquent and thoughtful writing.
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*I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review. Re-posted from my wordpress book review blog, Dandelions Inspired.
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