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Shadow Woman: A Novel | [Linda Howard]

Shadow Woman: A Novel

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Lisa United States 01-10-13
    Lisa United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Had potential, but lost steam."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I wish I hadn't wasted a credit on it. It started out fairly well, but ended up being totally unbelievable. And really did there have to be so much dreaming about sex and having sex with detail that seemed unnecessary? These people are running for there lives for goodness sake! Kind of silly, like it was thrown in to add something... it didn't work.


    Has Shadow Woman turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I like a good mystery thriller.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was as well as could be expected given the content.


    Was Shadow Woman worth the listening time?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I found this story to be silly, and a bit immature. it rally could have been a great story.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Didion 02-21-15
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    "Too drawn out with a flat ending."

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 11-17-13
    M. Rondeau West Springfield, MA United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Totally Absorbing - Great Performance of Narration"

    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.

    Marilyn Rondeau

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tara GILBERT, AZ, United States 09-30-13
    Tara GILBERT, AZ, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Just didn't work for me"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator was not appropriate for this story.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Howard again?

    Yes, love Linda Howard, but this story and narration is not the best.


    What didn’t you like about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance?

    Her voice was too deep for the part of the female lead. Her emotion was not believable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-30-13
    adrienne EAGLE RIVER, AK, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "More than I expected!"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jeannie 06-14-13
    Jeannie 06-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "a great read and it will keep your attention!"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mktsell117 05-24-13
    Mktsell117 05-24-13

    Mktsell117

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    "Great read! Original storyline!"
    Would you listen to Shadow Woman again? Why?

    I have already listened to it twice! The twists and turns kept me interested, and the narration was very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I loved the fortitude of the main character, Lizzie, in the face of odds and dangers that she could not even fathom.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-09-13
    N Phoenix, AZ, United States 05-09-13 Member Since 2015

    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

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    "Boring!!! Not worth the credit"
    What would have made Shadow Woman better?

    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.


    What could Linda Howard have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    LH could have finished the story and made it believable...


    Did Carrington MacDuffie do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the idea of the book is a good one.... but thats all that was good about it


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David Stewart Titusville, FL USA 03-11-13
    David Stewart Titusville, FL USA 03-11-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Shadow Woman has interesting premise"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. I believe there other thrillers I would recommend above this one. The premise of erasing the protagonists identity to hide a secret is excellent and the idea that the first lady would kill the president is an interesting idea. The story fails to deliver at the end.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have shortened the sex scenes considerably and probably eliminated at least two of them. They slowed down an otherwise good story flow. I would have thought more about how the story ends.


    What about Carrington MacDuffie’s performance did you like?

    Carrington MacDuffie's performance was excellent.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It would actually make a better movie than a novel. The premise and the event stream is simple and easy to follow. It would work well to replace the difficult descriptive passages with visualization.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amyincanton Canton, MI United States 03-08-13
    amyincanton Canton, MI United States 03-08-13

    amyincanton

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    "OK, but just a variation of her other books"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, but I would first recommend some of her older books.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The same as all her other endings.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the narrator. I thought she did a good job without being distracting with her voices.


    Was Shadow Woman worth the listening time?

    Yes, but I thought it could have been shorter


    Any additional comments?

    I like Linda Howard, but I definitely enjoyed her older books more. She seems to have run out of fresh ideas and just combines elements of her other books into her new ones. I haven't really enjoyed her last four or five books that have come out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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