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In the Shadows is told from three points of view - Grace's, DI Hamilton's, and the killer's. After the recent death of her grandfather, Grace is struggling to find happiness. The closest she comes is while she's at work, where she's the assistant director at a local stage theater. There, she has Eric, the man she has a crush on, but who is sleeping with one of the other castmates. There's also her slightly creepy boss, Michael, who clearly has feelings for her. All of these people eventually get tied up in the ongoing murder investigations, and Grace continues to have nightmares. Her mother suggests seeing a therapist who can eventually do hypnotherapy to help her uncover the reason for her nightmares.
Overall, I thought this book was just okay. I felt bad for Grace, especially when her best friend continued to blow her off when she needed someone to talk to and confide in, but I also wanted to knock some sense into her. There were many times where she got drunk alone and then wandered around at night, but if you're worried a serial killer might be after you, wouldn't you maybe NOT go out alone at night? Especially not when you're completely wasted? It didn't make sense. I also liked DI Hamilton, but I didn't like the rest of the characters. They seemed selfish, shady, or just downright creepy. That said, because I didn't like them, I wasn't invested in them. I didn't care if they lived or died.
I can't quite put my finger on it, but I also felt like something was missing from the book. There were a lot of things I accurately predicted (including the killer), but one I didn't, but when the twist happened, I didn't feel any sort of shock or excitement at finally finding out who the killer was. Mostly I felt glad it was finally coming to an end. The suspense should have been there - the book had all the right pieces (the plot, and a main character who was directly impacted, and thus worried about her own life) but for some reason it felt lacking to me. The more I think about it, I think a lot of what bothered me was the dialogue between the characters. It felt forced and not at all the way people would talk to each other in real life. They were constantly using each other's first names in every sentence, and it felt stilted. For example, I'll quote a few lines of back and forth dialogue for you (I'll leave out the non dialogue pieces that come in between)
"Maria, they scare me..."
"What is it, Grace? What are you thinking?"
"I think it all began after those young women were murdered. You see, Maria, I knew three of them."
Another example a few pages later...
"Yes, I do want to carry on, Maria..."
"That's brilliant progress, Grace..."
"Thank you Maria..."
Those lines were all within the same page. No one uses someone's name THAT often in regular dialogue, and it took me out of the story when it happened (which was often).
So that said, the book was okay. I liked the plot, but didn't like the execution. This was Tara Lyon's first book published on her own, so it's possible that her writing style will develop and change over time. I'd consider reading something of hers again in the future.
First and foremost, I have to say that for a debut novel ~ this book kicked butt! EEEEEEEEK!!
I was over the moon when Tara contacted me and asked if I would beta read this book -My answer: Hell yeah! I was even more excited to find my name in the acknowledgements. So a HUGE thank you to Ms. Lyons for making me one happy CrimeBookJunkie!
The plot of In The Shadows intrigued me from the start. The author had the #KillerHook I always look for in the first few pages, so I knew I was in for a treat. Set in London, the story-line was well paced with a great build up. I devoured this book within a day. The descriptions of each scene was brilliant and reminded me of the time I lived in London. The reader can easily find themselves pulled into the pages as the story unfolds.
A few themes are sprinkled within the story. There was loss, feelings of betrayal, Mental Health, vengeance, and justice to name a few. Red-herrings lead the reader into believing one thing, only to later be thrown off track again. The sign of a great read indeed!
And not surprising, I found the author’s writing to be very similar to her co-writer of another series, the amazing M.A. Comley. So any readers of the Justice series or the D.I Sally Parker series will not be disappointed. But don’t be fooled, as Ms Lyons definitely has her own unique style of writing and she should be viewed as the up and coming writing-star that she is!
The characters in this book are relateable. There is a depth to them that makes you feel instantly like you are embarking on a disturbing journey with them. A few characters stood out to me: Natasha for one! A solicitor, smart, free-spirited friend of the main character, Grace Murphy. Natasha comes with a bit of a twist…but no spoilers…needless to say I was floored when it was revealed! #SuchATease
Grace is a great character! The reader really feels for her and the turmoil she is going through following the death of her grandfather. Her torment doesn’t end there though. She is plagued with strange dreams as her close friends are being murdered around her. There is certainly more to this character and I hope we have not seen the last of her!
Grace’s mother is also a character I was drawn to. She is supportive and an enabler of sorts. She appears to be fighting a losing battle as Grace turns to alcohol to fight her demons. Michael creeped me the hell out! Eeeewwwww! My skin crawled every time he was mentioned. Denis Hamilton was also added depth to this story as the Lead Cop in search of a killer. And finally Maria..she is Grace’s psychiatrist and Holy Bloody Crap folks…what we learn is mind blowing!!
So expect the unexpected from this author! I was more than pleasantly surprised and cannot wait to not only read her collaborative efforts with the fantabulous M.A. Comley, but also her own efforts in the future!
Tara Lyons delivers a mixture of murder & mayhem with just the right amount of psychological thrills to mess with your mind. I have added Ms Lyons to my #NewAuthorsToWatchOutFor list and highly recommend you grab yourself a copy of this book STAT or you may find yourself left behind #InTheShadows!
We meet Grace, Assistant director at The London who is mourning her grandfather’s death. Struggling with her attraction to Eric, a stage actor, she realizes that at least two of the victims in the newspaper are known to her. This heightens her connection to them, bringing nightmares and questions. Is it safe for any woman to be out on her own now?
The action moves at a lightning clip, pages seem to turn themselves, and I was locked in the story for the greater part of the day. The writing style is clear and crisp, frenetic at times, but don’t gallop too fast otherwise you’ll miss the details. With the police interviewing several suspects, including a Mr. Charlie Fenton who found one of the bodies, we are never quite sure who the killer is until the end. A twist that made me admire Tara Lyons’ storytelling.
What I like about this book is how early on I invested in these characters, making them memorable and instantly likeable. This is the mark of an excellent writer and will likely populate many of Tara Lyons’ novels in the future
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