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Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others. Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others. Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.


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Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others. Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others. Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.

30 review for The Shadow Writer

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell is a 2019 Lake Union publication. Graye Templeton wants to be a writer, but she also needs to live under the radar, while she distances herself from an unbelievably shocking childhood. However, it seems that luck is finally shining on Graye when she backs into a dream job working for Laura West, a star blogger who has catapulted authors from obscurity to bestsellers. Now, if Graye can only get Laura to realize she is not only a great assistant, but a promising The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell is a 2019 Lake Union publication. Graye Templeton wants to be a writer, but she also needs to live under the radar, while she distances herself from an unbelievably shocking childhood. However, it seems that luck is finally shining on Graye when she backs into a dream job working for Laura West, a star blogger who has catapulted authors from obscurity to bestsellers. Now, if Graye can only get Laura to realize she is not only a great assistant, but a promising author, as well. Laura takes an instantaneous liking to the vulnerable and worshipful Graye Templeton. She is just the bright light she needs in her life after her insecure husband, David, a famous ‘one-hit wonder’ she single -handedly made famous, becomes embittered, drinking to excess, nearly teetering on the edge of a full -blown breakdown. The two women forge a strong bond, while David does everything in his power to undermine the friendship. But, Graye desperately needs Laura’s reputation and expertise to realize all her hopes and dreams before her past comes home to roost. This is a solid thriller centered around fixation and obsession. These themes are often overused staples in psychological thrillers and are hardly original. In fact, I was concerned, this book was about to take an all too familiar path, as well, one I’ve traveled down many times before. However, the story proved to be atmospheric, with a few interesting and surprising plot twists, which kept me interested and maybe a bit on edge. I will warn readers, however, that the characters are not easy to like, but to me that is part of what made the novel so effective and why the conclusion worked so well. The plot is not always completely plausible, and that’s okay, but the depiction of human nature and the character’s self- absorption and manipulations were quite realistic, which is why this story is so disturbing. Overall, this was a nice introduction to Eliza Maxwell for me. I have been curious about her books, so now I will have to check out more of her work in the future. 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina - Recipe & a Read

    3.5, well that was unexpected stars!! Graye Templeton wants two things in life, first to escape her truly horrific past and second to become an author. She wants to be real, and seen and knows that the best way to achieve this goal is to publish the book she's been working on for some time. When Graye lands the job as a TA to the best selling author and now professor at her university, David West, she feels like the tides are finally turning and luck is sure to follow. When Graye accidentally bum 3.5, well that was unexpected stars!! Graye Templeton wants two things in life, first to escape her truly horrific past and second to become an author. She wants to be real, and seen and knows that the best way to achieve this goal is to publish the book she's been working on for some time. When Graye lands the job as a TA to the best selling author and now professor at her university, David West, she feels like the tides are finally turning and luck is sure to follow. When Graye accidentally bumps into, and subsequently pours her coffee all over famed book blogger and wife to David - Laura West she sees her entire future flash before her eyes. Laura takes an immediate shine to Graye. She's vulnerable, yet passionate, naive yet there's something there that Laura can't quite put her finger on that draws these two women together. As Laura and Graye get to know one another, it turns out that the Wests are headed to Texas and Graye sees that future she planned on going up in smoke. Graye is desperate for Laura's reputation for catapulting unknown authors onto best seller lists and when a happenstance interview brings them back together again in Texas, Graye jumps at the opportunity to become Laura's personal assistant. Soon, Graye is indispensable to Laura, especially as Laura's life and marriage seem to be circling the drain. The past is coming for Graye. She can feel it, in spite of her reassurances to the girl on the phone. It's coming for them all.  As Laura's life quickly unravels and Graye's past is coming to catch her at an ever increasing rate, things go from bad to worse. Told from alternating POVs, mostly between Graye and Laura, we're also given snippets of the perspective of people from Graye's past as we learn more and more about her challenging and brutal childhood. As Graye's past collides with Laura's present, things quickly continue to go downhill for both of our main characters. And when a shocking murder comes into play, it's a race against time to unravel the secrets that have been long left buried. So first things first, I really enjoyed this read! This is my first work by Maxwell and I was left impressed both with the development of a very tangled web, as well as the writing itself. There are quite a few moving pieces going on between characters, along with a past timeline and a present one. I really appreciated that Maxwell broke from the mold of flipping between that past and the present because, while it works sometimes, I often find myself feeling like it's a little too formulaic and the easier route. Instead, Maxwell flawlessly developed a well paced story that unfolds in the present by giving the reader snippets of the past without wholly focusing on it. It created a very cohesive and suspenseful story line. When he catches her watching him, his eyes narrow and he stands straighter, facing her head-on. There's no mistake. A dizzying sense of vertigo takes hold of her as she stands with her future on one side, and her past staring her down on the other. There were a few points throughout reading this that I feared Maxwell was going to drop the ball, given how many cogs are moving at one time. However, I was consistently proven quite wrong when it felt like pieces were missing when they would come back into play at the perfect moment. Psychological suspense is a difficult genre to write because it's less jump scares and cheap thrills and more sinister undertones, and Maxwell delivered this in spades. While the majority of our cast of characters weren't particularly likable I found myself drawn to them and rooting for them despite some shadier decisions they made. It's easy for an author to make a likable character well-liked; what's more difficult and in the end, more impressive is when you can make a reader connect to someone who is grade-a crazy pants. She quickens her pace, but that's the thing about ghosts. They're impossible to outrun. They travel in the heart of the people they've hurt the most. All in all, I really enjoyed this read and would definitely suggest it to others who enjoy the psychological suspense genre. It felt a little slow to start for me, but once it got moving it really kept pace and I felt genuinely invested and intrigued by how it would end. I also felt that the ending made sense, and there was nothing coming out of left field for the sake of shocking the reader. It all blended together into something realistic and I thought the ending was a bit poetic personally. I loved that this was set in Texas and I'll definitely be picking up more works by Maxwell in the future!

  3. 4 out of 5

    MarilynW

    I've read all of Eliza Maxwell's books and was in love with The Unremembered Girl, which stayed with me for weeks, with the ache I felt for the main character still in my memory today. I enjoyed this book also although it has a lighter feel for me even though the subject matter deals with murder, manipulation and lies. The chapters are from the point of view of Graye Templeton, Laura West, and a few more characters. Graye had an abusive, lonely childhood that included the murder of her mother wh I've read all of Eliza Maxwell's books and was in love with The Unremembered Girl, which stayed with me for weeks, with the ache I felt for the main character still in my memory today. I enjoyed this book also although it has a lighter feel for me even though the subject matter deals with murder, manipulation and lies. The chapters are from the point of view of Graye Templeton, Laura West, and a few more characters. Graye had an abusive, lonely childhood that included the murder of her mother when Graye was nine years old. Graye was then raised in an orphans home that included a kind nun that did her best to protect Gary, encourage her to come out of her shell and pursue her interest in writing. Sprinkled throughout Graye's life was the loss of others close to her, which cemented her desired to not become attached to anyone. Laura is an influential book blogger, married to an acclaimed novelist who is now struggling to write a book that will match the popularity to his first novel. Laura's father is a publisher and she daily receives manuscripts from writers who hope to have their writing noticed by influential Laura. Despite Laura's wealth and standing among the book industry, her marriage is failing as her alcoholic husband falls deeper into a downward spiral of being unable to produce publishable works. Margaret, the nun who loved and nurtured Graye after the murder of Graye's mother, plays a big part in this book too. I won't say more about the story that is full of twists, turns, and discoveries because I don't want to give anything away. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katie B

    I was really disappointed in this one because I actually liked the author's other book, The Unremembered Girl. The characters just fell flat which is a shame because there was a pretty decent backstory for Graye. As the story progressed I cared less and less about each person. It's like the book had the basic elements of what should be an interesting story but lacked any meat and therefore came across as lackluster. Graye Templeton has tried to move on from her horrific childhood and aspires to I was really disappointed in this one because I actually liked the author's other book, The Unremembered Girl. The characters just fell flat which is a shame because there was a pretty decent backstory for Graye. As the story progressed I cared less and less about each person. It's like the book had the basic elements of what should be an interesting story but lacked any meat and therefore came across as lackluster. Graye Templeton has tried to move on from her horrific childhood and aspires to be a writer. She takes a job working for Laura West, a fairly well-known book blogger and wife to a novelist who has had his own fair share of success. As Graye and Laura become closer and closer, they might discover a secret or two the other one has been hiding. My first feeling of uneasiness came when the story shifted to Texas and Graye started working for Laura. The transition just felt disjointed and that feeling popped up multiple times throughout the course of the book. The bare bones of a good story were here and there were some good plot twists but the book could use some polishing up. Both the plot and the characters need to be well-developed in order to make a book a compelling read and that just didn't happen here. So basically in summary, it had potential but the execution fell short. Thank you to the Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Carole

    The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell is a book that I will probably read again because there is so much going on in this novel that a second read would be beneficial. Graye Templeton is a woman whose childhood was marred by a terrible crime that was so notorious that her name had to be changed to protect her. She is hired as an assistant to Laura West, a well-known book blogger whose husband is a famous author. The women quickly develop a strong friendship. Upon moving to a Texas island, in a gues The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell is a book that I will probably read again because there is so much going on in this novel that a second read would be beneficial. Graye Templeton is a woman whose childhood was marred by a terrible crime that was so notorious that her name had to be changed to protect her. She is hired as an assistant to Laura West, a well-known book blogger whose husband is a famous author. The women quickly develop a strong friendship. Upon moving to a Texas island, in a guesthouse next door to her employer's home, she soon realizes that the husband is a bitter drunk whose career is floundering. She took the job in the hope that Laura would help promote her book that she had worked on for many years. From this point there will be suspected adultery, a brutal murder, spousal abuse and mysteries galore. Nothing will be as it seems. This is a slow-boiling thriller that will easily hold your attention. The Shadow Writer is the first Eliza Maxwell book that I have read and I look forward to reading her other titles. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    3.5⭐️ rounded up to 4 Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she's accepted a new job as a protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of acclaimed novelist. Laura's connections could make Graye's publishing dreams a reality. But there's more to Laura than meets the eye. This is the first book that I have read by the author and I can honestly say that I did not know what I was going to get 3.5⭐️ rounded up to 4 Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she's accepted a new job as a protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of acclaimed novelist. Laura's connections could make Graye's publishing dreams a reality. But there's more to Laura than meets the eye. This is the first book that I have read by the author and I can honestly say that I did not know what I was going to get out of the book. I wasn't disappointed. This is a multilayered read that dark and makes you question who you really are. Just when you think you know where the storyline is going, you will find that your wrong. This is a well written thought provoking read. I would like to thank NetGalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author Eliza Maxwell for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    Obsession. Manipulation. Lies. This book was in a word UNPREDICTABLE! A crazy ride! A plot full of twists and turns and characters with agendas you are never privy to. Eliza Maxwell has crafted a dark disturbing tale about obsession and manipulation. Unreliable, unlikable, self serving narrators who left a bad taste in my mouth. I am still baffled as to how we got from that first chapter to the last, but it sure was entertaining getting there. Here is a quote from the book I think all my book r Obsession. Manipulation. Lies. This book was in a word UNPREDICTABLE! A crazy ride! A plot full of twists and turns and characters with agendas you are never privy to. Eliza Maxwell has crafted a dark disturbing tale about obsession and manipulation. Unreliable, unlikable, self serving narrators who left a bad taste in my mouth. I am still baffled as to how we got from that first chapter to the last, but it sure was entertaining getting there. Here is a quote from the book I think all my book reviewing/blogging/Bookstagramming friends Will appreciate... “A person writes a book out of ego, reads a book out of hope, and recommends a book out of love.” This book really is about the confounding, needy, obsessive relationship between Laura and Gray. Laura is an influential book blogger who is married to a successful author. Graye is a grad student with aspirations of being an author and a dark past. Neither of these characters were tremendously likable and I had a hard time connecting with them. I felt as though neither of them really let the reader see inside,. As a rule I am a fan of unlikable characters, but I need them to be completely fleshed out. I felt as though Laura and Graye were always keeping me at arms length, this might have been by design but it kept me disconnected. In spite of this I could not put this book down, I needed to know where it was going. This was one of those books that kept zigging and zagging, swirving all over the place, I never knew what was coming next. Enthralling, unsettling, and ultimately satisfying! 7/10 *** many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book ***

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    The Shadow Writer has such a cool, inventive premise! Graye Templeton is an aspiring author. She had a tough, abusive childhood and one that still colors her darkest days. Graye has been hired as a right-hand to Laura West, wife to an acclaimed novelist and big-time book blogger. Working for Laura might take Graye to the next level in writing and give her the connections she needs. However, Laura is not-so-simple. Everything is falling apart for her. Her marriage is in a tailspin. Her husband ha The Shadow Writer has such a cool, inventive premise! Graye Templeton is an aspiring author. She had a tough, abusive childhood and one that still colors her darkest days. Graye has been hired as a right-hand to Laura West, wife to an acclaimed novelist and big-time book blogger. Working for Laura might take Graye to the next level in writing and give her the connections she needs. However, Laura is not-so-simple. Everything is falling apart for her. Her marriage is in a tailspin. Her husband has an alcohol problem. Laura is about to lose it all, and she’s losing herself emotionally. It’s also important to her that everything looks like it sparkles. Laura and Graye become quite close, but they have dangerous secrets they are hiding. Friendship and obsession become one-in-the-same, and one of them could wind up hurt and not just emotionally. I loved that there were multiple layers to the story. It really kept me guessing. There’s a darkness here, too, that I didn’t expect. There were some nice twists and turns that kept me on my toes, and overall, this was a terrifically engaging, suspenseful read! I received a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own. My reviews can also be found on my blog: www.jennifertarheelreader.com

  9. 4 out of 5

    DJ Sakata

    Favorite Quotes: She signs the visitor's log, and the receptionist passes her a neon-green sticker to affix to her shirt. Proof that Graye isn’t some rogue criminal, there to ravish old ladies and steal pieces from the jigsaw puzzles. She stares at him for a beat, struggling to remind herself of the man she knows he can be—when he isn’t being this one. It’s getting more difficult every day to bring that man to mind. Whom you choose to be married to is your business, Laura. I decided a long time ago Favorite Quotes: She signs the visitor's log, and the receptionist passes her a neon-green sticker to affix to her shirt. Proof that Graye isn’t some rogue criminal, there to ravish old ladies and steal pieces from the jigsaw puzzles. She stares at him for a beat, struggling to remind herself of the man she knows he can be—when he isn’t being this one. It’s getting more difficult every day to bring that man to mind. Whom you choose to be married to is your business, Laura. I decided a long time ago that love must be an evolutionary adaptation… It’s nature’s way of allowing even mediocre men to find a mate… Oh, child. How naive you are… If procreation were reserved only for extraordinary men, the species would have died a slow, sputtering death centuries ago. A bad marriage is a forge. Once you’re in it, your only choice is to push forward and find your way out of the flames, scars and all, hopefully stronger for it… The alternative is to sit there and be burned to nothing. She knows dwelling on could-have-been and should-have-been doesn’t change what is, but some days that’s a hard lesson to remember. My Review: This was a twisty, maddeningly paced, brilliantly plotted, and ingeniously written tale with a cast of intriguing and largely aberrant characters. While it was soon evident that one of the main characters was mentally disturbed as she noted concern with “losing track of what’s real and what isn’t;” I just hadn’t realized the extent or how far back the decimation went. Ms. Maxwell’s evocative writing was uniquely compelling, devastating, diabolical, and dauntingly engrossing. I was taut with tension and transfixed to my Kindle while nearly insane with impatience and driven to know every deeply buried secret past and present. I am on the hook and her devoted fangirl for life. I covet her advanced level of word sorcery and am greedily plotting to read her every word.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Zoe Mann

    Oh wow! This just blew my mind. Actually feel so emotional after finishing it which I wasn’t expecting at all!!! I can see this becoming a best seller for sure!! I’m actually left so speechless I don’t even have the words to write a full review even 2 months after finishing this book, they just wouldn’t do it justice. If you want to be taken on the craziest, emotional journey of your life then read this book and try and write a review yourself because I give up!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    To begin with I really enjoyed The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell. The story was interesting and I was intrigued. Unfortunately it slowed down and I started to lose interest. The characters were all rather unlikeable - all out to get what they could from each other. I had hoped for more from this book but it fell a bit flat for me. A decent ending though. Graye Templeton had a horrific childhood, one that she hoped to escape and put behind her. She gets a job working with Laura West - a blogger a To begin with I really enjoyed The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell. The story was interesting and I was intrigued. Unfortunately it slowed down and I started to lose interest. The characters were all rather unlikeable - all out to get what they could from each other. I had hoped for more from this book but it fell a bit flat for me. A decent ending though. Graye Templeton had a horrific childhood, one that she hoped to escape and put behind her. She gets a job working with Laura West - a blogger and influential name in the publishing industry,. She hopes to use her connections for herself to get herself published. Laura's marriage is falling apart and is hiding many secrets. I struggled to connect with this story and the characters. It wasn't for me as much as I tried. Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. All opinions are my own and are in no way biased.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Ahh I so love diving into a dark tale of obsession, especially when there are two women involved, there’s something intoxicating about a relationship full of secrets to me and there was plenty of that here. This was a slow burn with a big payoff in the end, one of my personal preferences when reading a slower paced book, and I throughly enjoyed this one. Both Laura and Graye were complex women who were not altogether very likable but I tend to enjoy reading about unlikable (and unreliable) charac Ahh I so love diving into a dark tale of obsession, especially when there are two women involved, there’s something intoxicating about a relationship full of secrets to me and there was plenty of that here. This was a slow burn with a big payoff in the end, one of my personal preferences when reading a slower paced book, and I throughly enjoyed this one. Both Laura and Graye were complex women who were not altogether very likable but I tend to enjoy reading about unlikable (and unreliable) characters. Laura being a book blogger of course interested me but her private life was more fascinating than her career, her marriage is a nightmare and domestic strife never fails to intrigue me. What begins as a close friendship between Laura and Graye soon took some dark twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, it was the kind of read that well and truly sucks you in, especially during the last half. Definitely recommended to add to your summer TBR, it’s got enough of a dark edge to keep things intriguing and is light enough to read by the pool! The Shadow Writer in three words: Unnerving, Multifaceted and Unpredictable

  13. 4 out of 5

    Aga Durka

    3 Solid Stars. “The Shadow Writer” is a fast-paced, suspenseful read. There are few unexpected twists and the story has a dark and sinister feel to it. I enjoyed the story and the mystery within the pages of this book, however I did have a hard time connecting with the characters. I am not sure why but the characters felt flat to me and I just could not relate to any of them. There were also few places where I felt disconnected from the story, places where the story jumped in a time period witho 3 Solid Stars. “The Shadow Writer” is a fast-paced, suspenseful read. There are few unexpected twists and the story has a dark and sinister feel to it. I enjoyed the story and the mystery within the pages of this book, however I did have a hard time connecting with the characters. I am not sure why but the characters felt flat to me and I just could not relate to any of them. There were also few places where I felt disconnected from the story, places where the story jumped in a time period without any good connection in between the chapters. This may have been the author’s intention, to make this story more dark and unpredictable, however I felt a little lost and I had to double check that I didn’t skip few pages by mistake. Overall, it was a solid 3 star book for me. It kept my interest and I wanted to continue with the story, but the lack of character development and the gaps in the timeline were just not working from me. Thank you Netgalley, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Eliza Maxwell, for giving me an opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Betül

    **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** I've read every book written by Eliza Maxwell, even though she writes the type of stories that I usually don't read that often. However, I have become a fan of her writing and her great story-telling abilities. She really knows how to grab and put me on the edge of my seat. Her stories are suspenseful, mysterious and dark. They are unpredictable and you'll always get hit by a twist that you don't see coming. So when I started reading **ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review** I've read every book written by Eliza Maxwell, even though she writes the type of stories that I usually don't read that often. However, I have become a fan of her writing and her great story-telling abilities. She really knows how to grab and put me on the edge of my seat. Her stories are suspenseful, mysterious and dark. They are unpredictable and you'll always get hit by a twist that you don't see coming. So when I started reading The Shadow Writer, I was expecting to feel the same way I did with Eliza's previous books. Unfortunately, that wasn't the case. The book started really interesting and I couldn't wait to figure out what was going on. Graye Templeton came across as very timid and awkward, but I like that in my characters. Laura was the opposite, and I liked that she warmed up to Graye right away. However, I didn't really feel a connection with either characters. The story didn't feel complete, and it kind of jumped from scene to scene without it feeling finished. What I mean by this is that it felt like we only got to see part of the story. I just needed more to connect to the characters and to feel a certain way about them. My disconnect to them, resulted in not really caring what would happen to them. But I was still interested in seeing how the story would develop. It was mysterious and I wanted to figure out what was going to happen. However, when the secrets were uncovered it didn't hit me as hard as I would've wanted to. I really enjoyed the plot but I just didn't feel like it was executed to its full potential. Regardless of not loving this book, I still look forward to Eliza's next book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews

    This book will take you on a ride much like a roller coaster.  It is filled with heart-pounding action and just when you think everything will be ok, along comes another turn that throws you for a loop. I have only read a few of Eliza Maxwell's books, but each one has left me wondering how in the world she (or any other author) can derive such diabolical scenarios.  And very few characters are who they purport themselves to be in this book.  Graye is the biggest mystery and the things we learn ab This book will take you on a ride much like a roller coaster.  It is filled with heart-pounding action and just when you think everything will be ok, along comes another turn that throws you for a loop. I have only read a few of Eliza Maxwell's books, but each one has left me wondering how in the world she (or any other author) can derive such diabolical scenarios.  And very few characters are who they purport themselves to be in this book.  Graye is the biggest mystery and the things we learn about her childhood says so much about her personality and thought process.  Surprised is such an understatement for what I felt as her background was revealed to us over the course of the book.  I think I can safely say that Graye is a master manipulator and she has had decades of training from life.  Since I am trying to keep this spoiler-free, let's just say that her childhood was more than I expected and as more stories were revealed it explained so much about her personality and actions. Laura is the other main character and I have to admit I thought one thing about her and then was gobsmacked to realize perhaps she too wasn't all that she portrayed herself to be in this book.  Was her relationship with her husband on the rocks or would they pull through?  How much pull did she really have as a blogger or was it her ties to the publishing industry through her family? This book mixes a fairy tale with the actual events, but is it actually a fairy tale?  Is it a peek into Graye's past?  The author did a marvelous job mixing in "fantasy"  with reality.  Or is it all reality and we just don't know it yet? There is quite a cast of characters that feed into the story and each adds their own twist to the story.  Some characters held surprises for us and others just supported what we might have already known.  There are a few parts that had me chuckling in regards to a love/hate relationship with another character that also happened to be an author.  Apparently, she is not held in high regard by many that know her. There is one section of the book that tickled my funny bone and that is the murder mystery dinner held at the hotel as part of Laura's event.  Some of the comments by those that were "murdered" cracked me up and they were quite dramatic in their "deaths". We have to give this book 5 paws up, it is just too good at keeping me in the dark and not guessing what might be revealed at the next turn.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Janelle Janson

    3.5 stars!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yna the Mood Reader

    “A person writes a book out of ego, reads a book out of hope, and recommends a book out of love.”

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tangled in Text

    Giveaway live on blog on 05/02/19: https://www.tangledintext.com/single-... Oh how juicy and tantalizing this dynamic is between Laura and Graye! Eliza put all I could ever want into one story, and I couldn't get enough of it! She gave me this explosion of personalities in this pair of alternating perspectives which beautifully complemented each other, an immediate heart-stopping hook, and a huge twist in the first ten pages. Swoon! Then all her fun details with a character who reads dirty romanc Giveaway live on blog on 05/02/19: https://www.tangledintext.com/single-... Oh how juicy and tantalizing this dynamic is between Laura and Graye! Eliza put all I could ever want into one story, and I couldn't get enough of it! She gave me this explosion of personalities in this pair of alternating perspectives which beautifully complemented each other, an immediate heart-stopping hook, and a huge twist in the first ten pages. Swoon! Then all her fun details with a character who reads dirty romance novels to nursing home residents, a badass book blogger who married a man after falling in love with his book, then all kinds of crazy paranoia and suspense. I couldn't take it all in fast enough. Twists and secrets and lies, Oh my! Eliza definitely remained crafty as she masterfully delivered punches to the heart and mind in the crazy dysfunctional lives she created. Dysfunction is my favorite flavor of book and The Shadow Writer was a huge cake of dysfunction, covered in a thick layer of it, then sprinkled with it for good measure. The all-encompassing book-centered environment was my favorite part of this book. I love reading about other readers and this was the best instance of that I've ever seen in a book. I was mesmerized by the allure of a life I could only dream of. This blogger planned book clubs, book retreats, freaking murder mystery dinner parties, and read books for a living. Yes please! Then you have this aspiring author who lives and breaths her work and becomes single-minded in her passion to publish. Most readers are going to be able to relate to either the love of reading and/or love of writing that is captured in this book and appreciate being represented. My one hangup was the very few instances where the story line would jump a little from one present tense to a present tense hours or months down the road, which created gaps and some confusion.  For example, one scene went from characters sitting and drinking at a house immediately to another perspective where one of them had already walked home with no farewells or any hint to that scene change. This is one intense, layered build that you wont be disappointed in. I gave this 4.5 stars only because I've read every single other one of Eliza Maxwell's books and I feel like I'm rating her through a higher standard than most, so even the slightest thing is noticed. All her work has been and continues to be brilliant, mind-altering, hangover inducing masterpieces though, so thank you for gracing us with your talent!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Christina McDonald

    An intriguing premise with characters and a plot that centered around obsession. There were long, dry spells in between intriguing, heart-pounding scenes, so it was a bit of a mixed bag. However, the characters were well done with some surprising plot twists near the end.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kristine Hall

    AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. When I read the book jacket of THE SHADOW WRITER, I let out an audible “oooooh” and knew what I was getting into – a story that would be intriguing, multi-layered, and dark, as I’ve come to expect from Eliza Maxwell. I am happy to say that I am right about my initial appraisal (who doesn’t love being right?). However, a confession is in order: that is about the only thing I got right in reading this book. “He smells of salt and booze, sweat and inadequacy.” Talk about your compl AUDIO BOOK REVIEW. When I read the book jacket of THE SHADOW WRITER, I let out an audible “oooooh” and knew what I was getting into – a story that would be intriguing, multi-layered, and dark, as I’ve come to expect from Eliza Maxwell. I am happy to say that I am right about my initial appraisal (who doesn’t love being right?). However, a confession is in order: that is about the only thing I got right in reading this book. “He smells of salt and booze, sweat and inadequacy.” Talk about your complicated, convoluted, complex characters. Readers are led to make logical assessments of every character based on the parts we see. It’s like looking through a small hole in a fence; we’re given only a limited view of the personalities. There are some shadows looming just outside of our line of sight, and they make us nervous, and by the author’s design, we aren’t allowed to see the whole picture. We make assumptions, (many of mine wrong), and we learn that obsession has many disturbing iterations. Author Eliza Maxwell is a master at leading readers astray, and I am a sucker for it every single time. The author wants readers to be as uncomfortable as her characters seem to be and wants us to be wary. Don’t get too close; don’t trust; don’t dare to hope for happy endings. Don’t even get comfortable with the alternating points of view from which THE SHADOW WRITER is told; we have unreliable narrators and then a couple of highly informative and disconcerting bonus POVs scattered among the chapters to keep readers off balance. “Question everything … But remember—things aren’t always what they seem. Trust no one.” I had to include this quote because it’s from a scene with a murder mystery dinner. The double entendre isn’t lost, and the irony of the sub-setting of the murder mystery within the bigger story is almost stressful for the reader. There are twists and turns and stories inside of stories, and I found myself exhausted by furiously trying to figure out what was coming. I failed and failed and failed and finally, I gave up and just allowed the deliciously disturbing stories in THE SHADOW WRITER to unfold. Save yourself the trouble and let the plots wash over you. In a cast full of unreliable and unbalanced characters, no reader wants to make a connection. We prefer to sit comfortably at a distance from those people. Those not like us people. But Eliza Maxwell’s story reads like messed-up truth we’d see in the headlines, and she makes it feel real by including lines that, even in the midst of insanity, allow readers to make connections. A few of my favorites: “I’d never forgive myself for leaving you under-caffeinated.” “Bad coffee she can live with, but bad cold coffee is one insult too many.” “It’s my absolute pleasure to have the honor of working around books, and by extension their authors. It turns out you’re as lovelyas the words you write and the stories you create.” “That’s why God created make-up: to cover fine lines, dark circles, and regrettable choices.” “The more a person talks, the less they have to say.” In reading THE SHADOW WRITER, the only predictable aspect is that it’s unpredictable – that’s how author Eliza Maxwell rolls, and I will go along for the ride any time. ABOUT THE NARRATION: I cannot sing high enough praises for the masterful performance of narrator Karissa Vacker. AMAZING narration, pacing on point, and Vacker nails the nuances of each character’s personality – especially that little hint of a mind that’s tinged with something off. Male or female, balanced or unbalanced, creeper or innocent, Vacker does them all with panache. I listened on CDs, which isn’t my favorite format, but as a glass half full kind of person, it forced me to pause in the story and process what I'd just heard. A warning that on the final CD, when the story ends, it shows three tracks and some twenty-two minutes are still left (there's not). That threw me for a loop (I WASN’T READY FOR IT TO END) and made me panic that I was missing something. Thank you to the author and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me Audio CDs in exchange for my honest opinion – the only kind I give. This full review and more special features on Hall Ways Blog.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    It is few and far between that I rate a book five stars. It has to be really outstanding; especially for psychological thrillers. This is my genre and so I have read many books. They do have a common theme but if done right the book can be a home run. Author, Eliza Maxwell scores a home run with The Shadow Writer! Ms. Maxwell pens engaging characters with a sharp storyline that kept me glued to the edge of my seat. This book is a must, must read. The mystery surrounding Graye instantly drew me i It is few and far between that I rate a book five stars. It has to be really outstanding; especially for psychological thrillers. This is my genre and so I have read many books. They do have a common theme but if done right the book can be a home run. Author, Eliza Maxwell scores a home run with The Shadow Writer! Ms. Maxwell pens engaging characters with a sharp storyline that kept me glued to the edge of my seat. This book is a must, must read. The mystery surrounding Graye instantly drew me in. I will tell you that when her secret was revealed, I did not see all of it coming. In fact, I had to re-read the reveal again as I could not believe what I had just read. Laura had some mystery to her as well but she was only made better by Graye. Both women played off each other nicely. I was so engaged in the story that I finished this book in a matter of a few hours. You can bet that Author, Eliza Maxwell has a new fan in me. I will be checking out more books from her.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Poppe

    I want to make sure this review is as spoiler-free as possible. This is all you’ll read about the plot from me: I DID NOT see those turns coming! The plot is twisty and well laid out. If there were clues in the narrative, I sure didn’t pick up on them. Great job there, Ms. Maxwell! Instead of ruining the plot for you, let’s focus on characters and writing style. I’ll admit that when I started listening to this book, I wasn’t sure if I could trust any of the characters. And by the end, I’m still no I want to make sure this review is as spoiler-free as possible. This is all you’ll read about the plot from me: I DID NOT see those turns coming! The plot is twisty and well laid out. If there were clues in the narrative, I sure didn’t pick up on them. Great job there, Ms. Maxwell! Instead of ruining the plot for you, let’s focus on characters and writing style. I’ll admit that when I started listening to this book, I wasn’t sure if I could trust any of the characters. And by the end, I’m still not sure. Unreliable is a great adjective for the characters in The Shadow Writer. I probably wouldn’t want to hang out with any of them. (Though, that murder mystery themed blogger weekend sounded fun!) The characters are very multi-faceted, especially so Graye. I may not have empathized with her, but I certainly sympathized for her situation by the end of the novel. Laura keeps too many secrets for my tastes. But I always support an avid reader and book blogger. I adore these quotes from Laura: “Don’t tell anyone, but it’s really not. I love reading days. I live for them.” [Regarding of working on Laura’s day off.] “As my father likes to say, a person writes a book out of ego, reads a book out of hope, and recommends a book to another out of love.” [Referencing book bloggers as ‘tireless champions’.] The Shadow Writer is multi-layered, well balanced, fast paced, and told from multiple points of view. The story works well with the multiple points of view. We discover small truths (or are they lies!?!) and histories of each character through their narratives. I enjoyed how the secondary story that Graye is writing is woven into the main story line. I did occassionally struggle while listening to the audio with the changes in timeline between past and present. I do wonder if that’s more a result of my thoughts wondering while listening, though, rather than the story itself. The narration of The Shadow Writer is respectable. Ms. Vacker does a great job with inflection and intention of the characters, especially with the creepier passages. The narration really opens up the characters in the book for me. The voices of the female characters are easy to distinguish. I was really impressed with the voices of Alex and Laura. The conversations between these two women really showcases Ms. Vacker’s talents. However, I found myself challenged in separating the voices of the male characters. True, there are not many male characters, but I did sometimes struggle with remembering which one was speaking, especially in crowd scenes. In general, I enjoyed The Shadow Writer. The equal parts mystery and thriller kept my attention. This is the first book by Ms. Maxwell that I’ve read. Based on what I’ve read on other tour reviews, it looks like such a serpentine writing style is a trademark of the author. I’ll certainly be checking out more of her books in the future.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ruthie Jones

    Most books typically end with everything neatly wrapped up, all questions answered. However, sometimes the mystery tapers off, with the sad reality that lives are ruined or lost, memories are dealt with through storytelling, and some answers open up doors that are better left closed. The Shadow Writer is a complex labyrinth of lies, manipulation, and characters that may or may not be guilty of heinous crimes or be victims of horrific family dynamics. Who's really to blame once the dust settles an Most books typically end with everything neatly wrapped up, all questions answered. However, sometimes the mystery tapers off, with the sad reality that lives are ruined or lost, memories are dealt with through storytelling, and some answers open up doors that are better left closed. The Shadow Writer is a complex labyrinth of lies, manipulation, and characters that may or may not be guilty of heinous crimes or be victims of horrific family dynamics. Who's really to blame once the dust settles and the blood stops flowing? The murder mystery party at one point in The Shadow Writer reinforces the notion that no one is to be trusted when the crime game is afoot.Everyone has an agenda, a motive, an alibi. Pinpointing the protagonist in this story is not easy, probably by design. Actually, each person's role shifts around a bit, depending on the point of view, making it difficult to determine who to trust, who to believe, who to like, and who to despise. The protagonist in any story is meant to be flawed, but can those flaws balloon out of control and cross over into the unforgivable? Does that mean that person has really been the antagonist all along? The Shadow Writer overflows with questions and clues, yet watching the mystery unfold is exhilarating, with the suspense swirling around you and buffeting you toward that next chapter. It takes immense talent to weave such a complex tale that won't completely befuddle the reader because of the mosaic of characters interconnected by chance or by force and the plot filled with twists and turns and surprises around every corner. Eliza Maxwell definitely has that talent because The Shadow Writer mystifies, intrigues, tantalizes, and entertains, expertly providing the reader with plenty of reasons to keep turning those pages. Who is Graye Templeton? Does she even know? Is her identity blurred beyond redemption, or is it crystal clear and neatly compartmentalized? Who is actually authorized to tell, and even finish, her story? Graye is a puzzle for the reader but even more so for herself. Whether you figure things out early or you constantly wonder what's coming next, The Shadow Writer is more than riveting because the narration shifts around; the snippets of the fairy tale drop clues like breadcrumbs; and the main characters are often baffled, angry, and determined to trick the reader at every turn with their constantly changing temperaments. Who's the bad one here, and who's the victim? Sometimes they are everyone. If you like a good mystery that doesn't reveal its hand too soon, The Shadow Writer is for you. Prepare to read it quickly, but try to savor it. Allow yourself the pleasure of appreciating unique characterization, a well-crafted plot, and obscure circles of mystery that do eventually open up and reveal their justification, all in good time.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    It’s been a stormy spring here in my part of Texas, and for me, nothing goes better with gray rainy days, or nights full of crashing thunder and flashing lightning than a compelling mystery or a good thriller. Eliza Maxwell’s The Shadow Writer gave me the perfect storm setting mystery and suspense against a literary background and giving me strong female protagonists, as well. Much of the novel is told from the point of view of Graye Templeton, a young woman whom we initially meet when she accide It’s been a stormy spring here in my part of Texas, and for me, nothing goes better with gray rainy days, or nights full of crashing thunder and flashing lightning than a compelling mystery or a good thriller. Eliza Maxwell’s The Shadow Writer gave me the perfect storm setting mystery and suspense against a literary background and giving me strong female protagonists, as well. Much of the novel is told from the point of view of Graye Templeton, a young woman whom we initially meet when she accidentally spills coffee on the woman who later becomes the novel’s second lead, Laura West. The two women are a study in contrasts: Graye, a grad student who is also a TA for a successful author and visiting professor is (apparently) introverted, unassuming, quiet, and helpful. Laura is warm, extroverted, has a successful career and has no trouble being assertive in her work, though her marriage is clearly not going well. As the story progresses the third member of the novel’s core characters appears – David West – Graye’s boss, and Laura’s husband. But relationships and truths shift and turn in this novel, and just when you think you understand the dynamics and desires of all the players another voice is added to the choir, another perspective is shown, and another buried truth is brought to the surface. Maxwell handles all the plot twists with aplomb, weaving together Graye’s history, Laura’s marital woes, David’s inadequacies, and even the story-within-the-story – the novel that Gray is writing under a nom de plume. (I confess, I almost wish she would publish that book as a companion novel, because it intrigued me so.) What I really liked what this novel was more than just a thriller or mystery, it also had two very strong themes: identity and voice. The first was much more literal – characters used pen names and masked who they were, but the other was present as a metaphor as well in a more literal form: Graye’s novel was her way of speaking her truth, but Laura’s ability to identify ‘talent’ was also a way of giving people their voices, and in the end, she also found a new timbre for her own. Goes well with a steaming bowl of chili and a wedge of cornbread, stormy weather optional.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Erin Decker

    Eliza Maxwell is the most underrated writer of this decade. I am continuously blown away by her writing and her novels. This was by far one of the best thrillers I have ever read, and don't think I am just saying this, I truly mean it.  The Shadow Writer is dark, twisted, mysterious and enthralling. I was completely captivated by the mystery in the book and trying to figure out what characters did what. For the first time since college, I stayed up way too late past my bedtime to finish this book Eliza Maxwell is the most underrated writer of this decade. I am continuously blown away by her writing and her novels. This was by far one of the best thrillers I have ever read, and don't think I am just saying this, I truly mean it.  The Shadow Writer is dark, twisted, mysterious and enthralling. I was completely captivated by the mystery in the book and trying to figure out what characters did what. For the first time since college, I stayed up way too late past my bedtime to finish this book with more than 100 pages left. And then I couldn't sleep because I was still reeling from the twists and turns in every chapter all the way to the end. I pre-ordered this book months ago after knowing how much I loved The Widow's Watcher last year and The Shadow Writer did not disappoint. The characters are so real and you feel empathy and sympathy for the majority of the book for a character that may or may not deserve it. Eliza Maxwell gives us every emotion possible to throw at one particular character that I cannot reveal because I don't want to give too much away. You just need to pick up this book and read it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend to any fans of thrillers. 

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristen

    I have personally never read anything by Eliza Maxwell but I have heard many things about her work though. And boy did her novel, “The Shadow Writer” live up to all the rave! I stepped in wanting a deeply mysterious ride with killer characters which is exactly what I got. Literally. Every corner seemed to have twist after dark, twist! I just barely finished the last chapter, and I’m in a complete state of utter amazement! (Which please forgive me I this review sounds spaced because it’s so hard I have personally never read anything by Eliza Maxwell but I have heard many things about her work though. And boy did her novel, “The Shadow Writer” live up to all the rave! I stepped in wanting a deeply mysterious ride with killer characters which is exactly what I got. Literally. Every corner seemed to have twist after dark, twist! I just barely finished the last chapter, and I’m in a complete state of utter amazement! (Which please forgive me I this review sounds spaced because it’s so hard to put my love into words right now.) Maxwell has a great storyline with realistic characters! About halfway through it seemed to slow down some but about three to four hours later, it picked right back up to its typical speed. Would I recommend “The Shadow Writer”? Yes. I even passed my copy onto a close friend (I hope you don’t mind Eliza.) I just need someone to talk and squeal about Graye to!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel (Words With Rach)

    I enjoyed this book. The beginning hooked me and there were several interesting twists. I appreciate the character back story that the author included. I also loved that one of the main characters is a book blogger and the other main character is a writer. The conclusion was the only part of the book that seemed a little off for me. That being said, I would still recommend this book to anyone looking for a good mystery. Thank you to the author for my gifted copy.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    Graye Templeton is a character, like many in everyday life, that you have to feel sympathy for even as you are exasperated by their helpless immersion in their problems. The wrong turns in their world are not motivated by hate or greed or self-defense - Graye reacts only with love and caring and a wonky fault line between right and wrong. You want to help her, to come to her defense but she is her own worst enemy and your fault line is hard-set, black and white. As is the conscious of our primar Graye Templeton is a character, like many in everyday life, that you have to feel sympathy for even as you are exasperated by their helpless immersion in their problems. The wrong turns in their world are not motivated by hate or greed or self-defense - Graye reacts only with love and caring and a wonky fault line between right and wrong. You want to help her, to come to her defense but she is her own worst enemy and your fault line is hard-set, black and white. As is the conscious of our primary protagonist, Laura West. Laura is a sought after speaker and workshop leader, a book reviewer and blogger who has promoted and supported many authors, including her own one-hit wonder hard-drinking husband Dr. David West. David's temporary fill-in job as a guest professor at the same college where Graye is finishing up her own grad school requirements will also end with the semester. Graye's mid-term employment as Dr. West's TA will also stop at terms end, but she is honored to work for him. She loved his novel, Broken Home Harvest. It was gifted to her when she was much younger by Sister Margaret, a nun at the orphanage where she was raised, and Graye felt it spoke to her. But the David West who wrote that book is no longer in the house. His wife Laura, however, is a woman of class and kindness. She quickly becomes a good friend to Graye. It is a shame that Laura will be leaving almost immediately for Port Mary, a small coastal island in the Texas Gulf. At the end of term, fate brings Graye to that self-same island, seeking a recommendation from David before her job interview with a Houston literary critic. Instead, she is hired by Laura as her personal assistant which is for Graye a job made in heaven. Or so she thought... But before long, the bodies begin to fall. And Graye is the prime suspect. Her history may catch up with her. I received a free electronic copy of this novel from Netgalley, Eliza Maxwell, and Lake Union Publishing. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this novel of my own volition, and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. pub date May 1, 2019 Lake Union Publishing Reviewed May 10, 2019 at Goodreads, Netgalley, Smile.Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and BookBub. Not available at Kobo.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Schulman

    I received an advanced readers cubby in exchange for an honest review. This was really dark and there were times that I don’t think I fully took in all of the layers, but it was enjoyable and they kept me reading just to see what would happen next. The characters are all very anti-heroic and yet likable. Kept me turning pages. 3.5 rounded up

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenn Z at That's What She's Reading

    I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. Eliza Maxwell's previous novel, THE WIDOW'S WATCHER, was one of my favorite reads last year, so when I saw her newest book was a thriller involving a book blogger, I couldn't wait to get my hands on its pages! As a huge fan of the thriller genre, I have read many titles, and I must say that this one stands up there with many of the more widely known! Featuring unlikeable and unreliable characters with ambiguou I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review. Eliza Maxwell's previous novel, THE WIDOW'S WATCHER, was one of my favorite reads last year, so when I saw her newest book was a thriller involving a book blogger, I couldn't wait to get my hands on its pages! As a huge fan of the thriller genre, I have read many titles, and I must say that this one stands up there with many of the more widely known! Featuring unlikeable and unreliable characters with ambiguous agendas and a twisting and completely unpredictable plot, this book needs to find a larger audience in order to spread the word on how amazing Eliza Maxwell's storytelling truly is! There were moments that I had to stop and reread chapters out loud to fully appreciate how beautiful and multilayered her use of language is, allowing her writing to simply flow right off the page. "Question everything. [T]hings aren't always what they seem. Trust no one." Though filled with subjects and themes regarding murder, manipulation, obsession, and lies, the content is never graphic or gratuitous, but rather the covert nature of the characters' actions keeps the tension and suspense mounting until the absolute end. Despite being privy to multiple perspectives and personalities, all of which add their own complexities, including a story within the story, you never really have complete access to anyone's motives or motivations. This all adds to the mounting sense that there is something quite dramatic and unnerving bubbling just under the surface, and it's definitely going to be explosive when it finally breaks free if in fact it should have been revealed at all. Readers will have to determine that for themselves after reaching the story's unexpected conclusion. The best way to enjoy a thriller is by going into it with very little information or understanding. Let this story envelope you like a cozy blanket that suddenly wraps too tightly, yet releases in a dizzying and pulse-pounding fashion only to slowly welcome you into its loving embrace over and over again. What a reading experience this was and one that I look forward to returning to just to make completely sure I didn't miss a thing! “A person writes a book out of ego, reads a book out of hope, and recommends a book out of love.” Intensely woven and compulsively riveting, this mind-blowing journey is a masterful train wreck of assumptions that I can't recommend enough! A literary gift from an author that I highly anticipate each year! Many thanks to the author and Lone Star Book Blog Tours for providing me with a free book in exchange for my honest and thoughtful opinion. This review and more special features can be found on That's What She's Reading blog at thatswhatshesreading.com.

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