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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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    01-18-13
    01-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very Weak Story"
    What disappointed you about Shadow Woman?

    The story was weak and the language and the sex was apparently added to keep some people entertained. This was the first time I listened to this author and it will be the last. The idea behind the story was absurd to begin with and adding the sex to the story did not help.


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

    No, but the author,yes.


    What does Carrington MacDuffie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Not much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Diana 01-18-13
    Diana 01-18-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Well read, mostly solid, but the ending lost steam"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I tend to associate Linda Howard with suspenseful romance. This book had great suspense, but the romance didn't hold together.


    Would you recommend Shadow Woman to your friends? Why or why not?

    It's a good book, but I wouldn't recommend it to my romance readers.


    What does Carrington MacDuffie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a really great job portraying a tough, confused character who finds herself in an urgent situation. Her voice is exactly right for this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Alicia 01-11-13
    Alicia 01-11-13
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    "dreadfully disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Interesting characters, an interesting story, a twist... all would have been welcome.


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

    Mystery. I've enjoyed all her other titles that I've read. Made this disappointment very surprising.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Carrington MacDuffie’s performances?

    Not on purpose. More than any other author I find the narrators of Linda's book are not my favorites. I almost stopped listening but thought that surely the story would get better and the mediocre narration wouldn't matter. Should have stopped listening.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Shadow Woman?

    I would have sent the whole manuscript back to Linda, told her to pitch it and start again. She can do soooo much better.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope this title is the exception and her next book will be back to fabulous. Maybe this title is a reprint of an early, less experienced work? That could explain the echo where the story should be.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lilian 01-10-13
    Lilian 01-10-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm a librarian, knitter, crochetter... I love audiobooks because I can knit and "read" at the same time.

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    "Good book, but..."

    I missed the explanation for somethings like: what happened to her boss and best friend? They were part of it all too? And so on...
    But, in general, it was a fun book to read.
    I liked.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ila M. Atwood 01-05-13
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    "Romance meets political thriller disaster"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Romance listeners.


    What was most disappointing about Linda Howard’s story?

    The total unbelievability of the plot line


    What three words best describe Carrington MacDuffie’s performance?

    She did well with what she had to work with.


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Will strike Linda Howard off my potential reading list

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dorotha K. Thurner Butler, PA, United States 01-25-13
    Dorotha K. Thurner Butler, PA, United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2012

    I am a 62 year old mail carrier who has had her sanity saved by audiobooks

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    "linda... why???"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    someone who has never read any of the other books by linda howard


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

    yikes!!! taken a vacation maybe? do not get me wrong... i LOVE linda howard... but this is just terrible in comparison with most of her others


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

    performance was fine,,, u cannot make a sillk purse out of a sows ear


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

    no... sadly, not really


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Liz San Antonio, TX, United States 01-24-13
    Liz San Antonio, TX, United States 01-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Not what expected"
    Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Carrington MacDuffie?

    I love Linda Howard. I would probably buy more of her books, but with more caution.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The character Xavier was more what I expected and didn't disappoint.


    Have you listened to any of Carrington MacDuffie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. She does really well.


    Could you see Shadow Woman being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I expected this book would be like the movie "Long Kiss Goodnight" with Geena Davis. The character Geena played was what I hoped Lizette would be like. The storyline never developed and completed nice and neat, no fuss no bite.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dalmania 01-20-13
    Dalmania 01-20-13 Member Since 2013
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    "As good as it gets"

    Imaginative. Often funny. As good as the best other Linda Howard novels . Lizette has creative adventures. You will want to read this. Worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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