From perennial New York Times best-selling author Linda Howard comes a thrilling and sensual new novel of romance, suspense, intrigue...and memories that can kill.
Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn't recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else's. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.
Strange memories soon begin to surface, and along with them, some unusual skills and talents that Lizette hasn't a clue about acquiring. Sensing that she's being monitored, Lizette suddenly knows how to search for bugs in her house and tracking devices in her car. What's more, she can elude surveillance - like a trained agent.
Enter a mysterious and seductive stranger named Xavier, who claims he wants to help - but who triggers disturbing images of an unspeakable crime of which Lizette may or may not be the perpetrator. With memories returning, she suddenly becomes a target of anonymous assassins. On the run with nowhere to hide, Lizette has no choice but to rely on Xavier, a strong and magnetic man she doesn't trust, with a powerful attraction she cannot resist. As murky waters become clear, Lizette confronts a conspiracy that is treacherous and far-reaching and a truth that, once revealed, may silence her and Xavier once and for all.
©2012 Linda Howard (P)2012 Random House Audio
I enjoyed this book. It was rather long winded especially in the middle. It does come together and took me by surprise. It isn't my favorite of Linda Howard's. But this book did make me smile and the narrator did a great job.
This was a good story. the premise very good. it also surprised me which is fairly hard to do. Just the right balance of suspense and romance.
I was able to stay with the book, but it never seemed to really take off. The idea of the book was a good one, but never fully came to fruition. Endrd very flat between characters the reader had no real connection to. It passed the time but wasn't a book I'd recommend.
What happens when you wake up, look in the mirror and don’t recognize the face staring back at you? For Lizette Henry, not only does she not recognize her face, but it appears she’s also misplaced two years of her life. When she also comes to the conclusion that she is being spied on, she institutes some subconsciously natural acts to get to the bottom of who and what she really is?
*** One thing for sure, Linda Howard is my go-to author for intelligent, sharp and exciting romantic suspense thrillers. After the shock of seeing a strangers face in her mirror, and becoming deathly ill whenever she tried hard to recall events from her past life, Lizette was terrified with numerous scenarios that ran through her mind as to what was going on in her life.
Ms. Howard keeps the tension high and even with the prologue which, by the way, threw me off completely as to who Lizette truly was [quite a red herring there] I was hooked! I had as great a need to know who Lizette was as much as she did. Especially when so many people were spying on her!
The biggest mystery was Xavier, a man who seemed a lone wolf; totally on the outside but having the best pulse on what was going on with Lizette. Xavier seemed like the most pivotal of all ‘watchers’ who were keeping their eye on Lizette and as the story continued - the reader must question why Lizette was so important to have so many watchers.
Basically the thrust of the story pivoted on the small snatches of memories that started coming back to Lizette and how much one person was determined that she never regain those memories - so much so that action was taken to eliminate Lizette entirely. However eliminating Lizettte was not sitting well with Xavier who do all in his power to keep her safe.
Bottom Line: SHADOW WOMAN is just one more example of fabulous writing and expertly brought to life by the narration and performance of Carrington MacDuffie. A superb book and rendition that is highly recommended.
No, it is not pronounced "Don Quicks-Oat." Go to jail.
"He decided to make some coffee. He selected a pod. He put it into the coffee machine. Then he pressed a button. There was a sputter and spurt, and then hot coffee began to fill the cup." Pedantic, much?
Linda Howard's latest reads like a short story that was made long enough to be marketed as a novel, by the laziest of means: describing the minutiae of each character's every thought and action, from "then she changed her underwear" (I am not making that up) to a study of how the heroine orders breakfast when she's running for her life. Apparently she is reluctant to try grits, and wonders what else she should have instead. The suspense was killing me! When the waitress suggested hash-brown potatoes as an option, and the heroine agreed that yes, she would like to have some potatoes, I could breathe again.
There's also quite a bit of another syndrome that bugs me as a reader: an author labeling a particular line of dialogue or internal monolog as "sarcastic" or "wry" instead of the more difficult alternative, which is writing a line that is clearly sarcastic or wry, coming from a well-drawn character. Even more egregious, when you're writing romantic suspense, is announcing to us readers that a couple have sexual chemistry, instead of creating that chemistry with a build-up of tension relieved by an explosive scene. The sex scenes here read like a sports play-by-play combined with a medical manual.
Am I ranting? You bet. When I pay to read, or listen to, lazy writing, I feel ripped off. If you feel the same way, save a credit and give Shadow Woman a miss. Anne Stuart's Ice series, this isn't.
The narrator was not appropriate for this story.
Yes, love Linda Howard, but this story and narration is not the best.
Her voice was too deep for the part of the female lead. Her emotion was not believable.
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First, the publisher's summary gives more information than I would... Be sure to read it before purchase-or not if you like to be surprised.
I always hesitate to purchase a book from an author that writes romance too. This book held my attention throughout. Once the conflicts are introduced it is easy to figure out possible resolutions, but instead of turning into a ho-hum or boring listen, it kept me entertained to the very end. There are some covert ops, some coverup, some mystery, and some romance. There is a good balance between the adrenaline fueled scenes and the recovery between.
Carrington MacDuffie's narration is appropriate for the material: tense where necessary, softer at other times.
I would purchase another Linda Howard mystery/thriller in the future.
This is a hard book to put down, or push pause. This book had me from the very beginning. I loved the story. I loved the drama. I loved the mystery. I loved thenarrator. Perfect listen!
I have already listened to it twice! The twists and turns kept me interested, and the narration was very good.
I loved the fortitude of the main character, Lizzie, in the face of odds and dangers that she could not even fathom.
I hope that this is just the first installment of a series; I would be very delighted to see another book on Lizzie and Xavier!
Id rather be reading!!!! I love to read, If i could not clean my house ,work or take care of my husband and kids all I would do all day every day is read
This book needs alot of work. The idea of the book is a good one. But Linda Howard took it nowhere. There no action , no romance no climax, and really no ending. There were a few ( sex dreams) and even those were bad. I have never written a bad review before but I couldn't bring myself to let this one go. I have read plenty of Linda Howard books in the past but this one and her book Blood born have ruined it for me. I will never purchase another book by Linda Howard again. Not worth my money or my time.
LH could have finished the story and made it believable...
she did a good job with the different voices but she sounded old... to raspy for me... Like she smokes a pack a day. she's just not for me.
the idea of the book is a good one.... but thats all that was good about it
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