ShadowLands by Kate Brian
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January 8th 2013
Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.
Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?
First word that I can describe ShadowLands is WOW. This book starts off immediately with action. It consumed me or rather I devoured it. But from the very beginning, I was lost in it. But I noticed something wrong right away. And it's not a big deal but in the first few pages, the serial killer described Rory as a beautiful girl with blonde hair. Now, unless the cover isn't Rory, they made a huge booboo there. The girl on the cover has brown hair. I don't know why that bothers me but it does. But aside from that whole mix-up, this story was awesome. Once I got past the whole cover issue, and I was able to sit down and read, I finished this book in almost one sitting.
From the beginning of the story when Rory was attacked, I was on the edge. Then, when they relocated her family, I was waiting for the other shoe to drop. At this new location Ms. Brian introduces you a bunch of new characters that had me questioning if they were hiding something themselves. I was suspicious of everyone. I was even suspicious Rory's sister, Darcy. But I guess the reason behind that is the she was such a selfish brat. She wasn't concerned at all for anyone's safety. Their relationship was based on bickering and fighting, so they didn't get along much. That brought a lot to the story.
So much goes on in this story that it left me thinking too much. All these new characters seem to bother me. I felt they were all up to something and I didn't trust not one of them. Then things started happening quickly and left me a bit more convinced that I shouldn't trust them. I wanted to go in the book and back Rory up when events started unfolding. I got your back girl! LOL. Ms. Brian threw a twist in there, that I feel some readers may not like very much but I enjoyed a whole lot. That's what made the book for me. I absolutely LOVED this book. It's one of those books that stay with you for days. ShadowLands is a definite must buy and a definite Good Choice for Reading.