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Amber Winters was a kind and caring person. As a ballerina, she captivated audiences; however, when she became pregnant with Katherine, she left the world of ballet to raise her daughter and entered the world of modeling with Katherine in tow. One evening, after a modeling session with a five year old Katherine, the two stopped by a convenience store on their way home for some ice cream. Caught up in a conversation with Katherine, Amber did not realize that the store was being robbed and collided with the robber as he was hurrying away from the store. The robber pulled a gun out and shot Amber in front of Katherine and fled the scene.
27 years later, Katherine is a successful attorney who seems to have it all: beauty, intelligence, money, and a close relationship to her proud father. Katherine is content to spend quiet evenings at home, or go out to dinner with her best friend, John. Having worked hard to become a successful lawyer, Katherine remains unmarried and childless because she has not found the time for love, and certainly does not see how she can manage having a child while continuing to pursue her successful career.
One evening, after having dinner with John, Katherine runs in to a tenant of the building that she lives in, Chad. While waiting for the elevator to ascend to his floor, Chad suggests that they go out on a date; however, Katherine dismisses him. Katherine's initial dismissal of Chad evolves into annoyance when it becomes apparent that their "chance" meetings have been orchestrated by him. To make matters even more complicated, Chad's erratic behavior becomes threatening as the friendship between Katherine and John develops into love.
Schwimley did an excellent job of developing the characters, and I really enjoyed day-to-day activities that made the story's setting realistic. The relationships in the book came across as genuine, and I really enjoyed reading the exchanges between the various characters in the story. I do not read romance books often, but I did enjoy Schwimley's writing; the romance scenes were realistic rather than dramatic and overwrought, and the characters were intelligent and charming.
If you like authors like Nora Roberts or Sandra Brown, I recommend that you give Victoria Schwimley and In The Victim's Shadow a shot. The female characters are intelligent, strong, and sometimes misguided; there is enough suspense to make you want to keep reading to find out what happens next, and enough romance to help keep you warm on a cold night.
My biggest complaint with the book is it could have been appreciably shorter, by a third to half I’d say. The web of subplots is largely unnecessary, save for one or two for illustration. On the other hand, if you’re a fan of the genre, the length of the book might be a bonus. Where I saw many scenes of unnecessary and mundane acts, like petting the cat, taking a bath, making breakfast, on the other hand a fan of romantic suspense might see sequences of deepening into the character’s interesting lives. Another qualm I had is head-hopping. From one paragraph to the next it is not certain what point-of-view will be used. To be honest, though, the effect wasn’t that unpleasant or unsettling. Finally, my biggest potential pet peeve was unrealized: the editing (apart from length) is impeccable. There are almost no niggling errors in the typography or vocabulary to pop you out of the story. Thus, readability combined with what I suspect is a good conformation to the genre render this a four-star read. If you’re a fan of romantic suspense heavy on the romance, don’t hesitate.
Katherine is a successful attorney with a wealthy father, a penthouse apartment and a near-perfect life in this romance/suspense novel by Victoria Schwimley. Near-perfect, that is, until Chad Simon oozes his way into her life. Even though the author revealed Chad's motive by the midpoint of the novel, the story held my interest to the end. The subplots moved the narrative along and the author maintained a good pace. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy some suspense mixed in with their romance stories.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.
I adored the friendship between Katherine and John that blossomed into romance so sweetly. I enjoyed the bond between Katherine and her assistant Beth. And the warm relationship between Katherine and her father melted my heart.
The threat of the mysterious and disturbed Chad Simon made me fearful for Katherine's safety and well-being. And I cringed at his every attempt to get closer to her.
My heart also ached for Beth and Jack, and I so wanted him to be the husband and father that she and Timmy deserved.
In the Victim's Shadow has all the elements necessary for a great romantic suspense novel. I highly recommend it to fans of this genre. A page turner that keeps you interested until the very last word!