- File Size: 2415 KB
- Print Length: 270 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 152176087X
- Publisher: Endeavour Press (June 14, 2017)
- Publication Date: June 14, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B071KGDV3J
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,321 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kate Lawrence can sense death. She can't actually see ghosts or foretell that someone is about to die but can sense their passing. She senses their pain and their anguish in their final moments. A huge burden and one that has affected her every day life. Something she certainly does not view as a gift. These Shadows of death almost haunt her. For Kate, its a definite curse and has turned her into a cool and aloof person who keeps her thoughts and feelings firmly under wraps. Life is easier that way than having to explain what she senses. The book opens with Kate, under police interrogation, sensing the death of her boss. This proves the final straw for Kate and she decides to take up her cousin Sylvia's offer of going into partnership to move to the countryside and redevelop and old mansion with is surrounding outbuildings alongside Sylvia's partner Michael who has a bit of a mysterious past. Kate wants to prove herself and face her demons head on move into a place steeped in mystery, murder and for Kate, sensing very strongly the deaths that took place within its walls.
Kate soon settled into her new lifestyle despite being overwhelmed by the horrors of the past and still licking her wounds from her failed marriage. She even becomes quite friendly with the local builder Al who is brought in to help with the restoration work. He and his band of co-workers and friends are travellers who the police are desperate to catch out. Al however is not who he seems and I was quite surprised when we finally find out his background. He was an interesting character with lots going on in the background. He's fiercely protective of his sister Kim and with good reason. Sometimes however, this affects his common sense and he approaches things like a bull in a china shop.
However, things soon turn sour very quickly for Kate when her cousin's son Christian, who is a horrible and despicable young man, turns up and creates merry havoc for everyone. He is a bit of a shady character and I love how well Thorne Moore has written him. He is the type of character we all love to hate. I adore a well written villain! Things begin to feel very uncertain for Kate now and life at Llys y Garn starts to unravel.
I don't want to give too much more away about the story, suffice to say its got lots of mystery, lots of villainy and the odd body or two! I found it to be a gripping book. My only criticism would be that I couldn't get my head around the relationship between Kate and her ex husband Peter. That aside, this is a book I'd highly recommend. I was glued to it and you will be too!
The characters here are excellent. I loved Sylvia, scatty and extreme but never less than likeable even when faced with the worst dilemmas of motherhood – wonderfully counter-balanced by the warm and gentle strength of Michael. “Extreme” is an adjective that could probably be used about quite a few characters in this one – the eccentric professor, the protective and unhinged student, some of the new age travellers, the “sadistic and manipulative” (blimey, he’s that all right!) Christian – but Thorne Moore writes them so well that they are never less than real people. And I loved Kate at the book’s centre, making her fresh start but tormented by her shadows, torn between her ailing relationship and an enticing new one, sharp and funny and sassy but wracked by issues that constantly disturb her balance.
If, like me, your previous experience of Thorne Moore’s writing is limited to The Unravelling, I have to say that I found this one a bit different. It’s a little lighter – which is actually a slightly ridiculous thing to say when it’s focused on death’s shadows, but I really mean in author style rather than content. It’s a tad less literary, a page-turner maybe rather than a deep and lingering thought-provoker – but the excellent writing is still there, the detailed and vivid characterisation, the visual and emotional descriptions that are so superbly done. I thoroughly enjoyed this one – and it’s a book that I think many others would enjoy too.
The author’s ability to create an atmosphere is exceptional. In Shadows the descriptions of the rooms and spaces within Llys y Garn provide an eerie, dark presence and a vaguely distant, though dangerous, affluence in its history. It’s a great background for the novel. In contrast the narratives portraying the surrounding Welsh countryside underline the myths, the legends of the land, the beauty of the settings, to give a wonderful sense of place.
The characters are excellent; believable and rounded they instil either empathy, dislike, or exasperation. I loved the protagonist, Kate, and found myself willing her to make the right choices; to stay safe. In contrast, the character of her ex-husband and even sometimes, the lovable cousin, Sylvia, frustrated me. And I despised the “sadistic and manipulative son, Christian” (even though I hadn’t read the book blurb at the time) – I suppose that’s a sign of as well portrayed, multi layered character. And there is one character who was a great disappointment for me… saying no more here
The book description gives a good outline of this steadily-paced plot; what it doesn’t say, obviously, is how the reader is drawn into the story from the onset and then, piece by piece, caught up in the twists and turns of the narrative.
This is is a book I recommend, without hesitation.