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Title: In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Date Published: 4th October 2018
Genre: Psychological Thriller
Isabel’s life seemed perfect. Successful business, beautiful house, adoring husband. And then she was dead.
For four years Jessica has never doubted that her sister Isabel’s death was an accident. But when Jessica’s young daughter seems to know long-forgotten details about her aunt’s past, Jessica can’t shake the feeling that there’s a more sinister truth behind the tragedy.
As Jessica unearths disturbing revelations about her sister, and about the people she loved and trusted most, it becomes clear Isabel’s life was less than perfect and that Jessica’s might also be at risk.
Did someone murder Isabel? Are they now after Jessica and her family? The key seems to lie in the hands of a child. Can Isabel reveal the truth from beyond the grave, or is the answer closer to home?
In Her Shadow is a gripping tale of family secrets, lies and obsession from the two million copy bestselling author Mark Edwards.
So this is my first Mark Edwards book and after I finished I really wondered why I hadn’t picked up any of his books sooner!
It’s been four years since Jessica’s sister fell from the balcony of her house. She never once doubted that it was accident until her four year old daughter Olivia starts saying things about Isabel she shouldn’t know. She claims she’s talking to her Auntie Izzy and she wants to tell her something, a terrible secret.
Jessica is torn, should she believe her daughter is talking to Isabel from beyond the grave or is there something more sinister going on…
Wow, what a book! For those who read this blog on a regular basis you may know that I love anything remotely ghostly and adding the psychological thriller aspect, well, I just couldn’t put it down!
I really enjoyed that the story was told from Jessica’s perspective in the present and also Isabel’s from four years previously. The back and forth between the timelines really created some good tension throughout the book.
I do like when an author takes a character that seems so ordinary and puts them in an extraordinary situation. Jessica is a highly strung mum, still grieving for her sister, who gave up a high flying career for her kids, cheeky ten year old Felix and little Olivia.
Olivia was super creepy at times and I think the author got her voice almost perfect, although it is a long time since my son was four, I feel like there could have been a few more babyish/made up words that would have just added a bit more authenticity.
Overall In Her Shadow is a fast paced, twist packed, suspenseful read that you won’t want to put down!
About The Author (taken from Amazon):
I write psychological thrillers in which scary things happen to ordinary people.
I love hearing from readers and always respond. I can be contacted in the following ways:
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I have sold over 2 million books since my first solo novel, The Magpies, was published in 2013. Since then I have topped the bestseller lists several times. My other novels are Because She Loves Me, Follow You Home, What You Wish For, The Devil’s Work, The Lucky Ones and The Retreat. I have also published A Murder of Magpies (a short sequel to The Magpies) and six books co-authored with Louise Voss.
I live in the West Midlands, England, with my wife, our three children, two cats and a golden retriever.