Two books were up for review, both with Shadow in the title. I was sure I signed on for both, but when I saw Shadows from the Past reviews showing up, I thought I remembered signing up. I searched my emails to find out what happened, I only found myself signed up for one of them. Then two days ago, BOOM my inbox has a notification that I missed my submission. OOOOOPS!!! I went looking and sadly found what my confusion was and immediately set out to remedy it. When I sign up for book reviews, I always record them in an excel sheet, this time I forgot 🙁 So, my apologies to the author and to Celebrate Lit for my faux pas and here’s my review of Shadows from the Past.
Shadows from the Past
Back Cover Synopsis:
“…It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…”
Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brothers killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt…the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.
“Kill her. I don’t care how, and I don’t care where, but I want her dead now!”
Someone was trying to kill his dead partner’s sister. FBI agent, Jordan Reiley will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother.
Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?
What I Thought:
Shadows from the Past is a good start for what appears to be a new author. The story is pretty much a typical mystery, intrigue type story. People are trying to find an evasive person, who is trying to kill them, before they find him.
What I liked:
The faith element, trusting the Lord, leaning on Him, having a relationship with Him. This was not squashed by the story or glossed over. And there was no electric cheese, the romantic element existed as a part of life.
What I didn’t like:
It could have used much better editing. The story could be stronger, with much better dialog and narrative. The narrative often was repeated by the dialog. There was a lot of repetition and re-tellling. There were some errors, but not over run with them. The story telling was flat and lacking in the “ups and downs” that make a story exciting and grip your mind and emotions. Maybe that’s the reason I liked the way the romantic element was presented, but the rest of the story about the crimes, the mystery, where there should be suspense and “page turning” events, there was just statement of facts. I also kept wondering if the people were believable.
People who don’t like a lot of stress in their reading and enjoy meandering through a story will really enjoy this.
DISCLAIMER: I received this book as a gift. The opinions I express are provided without obligation for a positive review. I receive no compensation for the review, other than a really good read.
Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent’s office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.
Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has three published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She and her family make their home in Texas.