As usual characterisations are crystal clear - including minor players and family members. The story is a guessing game brought to a conclusion by intuition really. very well written and totally enjoyable! Maybe Dylan will get a case in London soon??????? wherever I will read it!
Shirley Wells really knows how to write mystery novel. Her stories are simple, but she intensifies her stories using imagery, and dialogue. This story has a very good story line, and a must read. It is almost as if your get to know her characters she uses, because she explains so well how they feel and think. Well written.
In DEADLY SHADOWS Dylan Scott goes undercover for the Dawson’s Clough police in an attempt to solve the missing person cases of two young women. The only connection between Caroline Aldridge & Farrah Brindle is Joe Childs’ religious refuge/commune. Joe’s supposedly found God and is now helping the poor, homeless, and saving souls right & left. Dylan doesn’t believe in a leopard changing its spots and knows that Joe has something to do with the missing girls.
In DEADLY SHADOWS we finally learn the details about Dylan’s incarceration and expulsion from the police force. Now Dylan has a second chance to nail Joe Child, the career criminal whose claim of “undue force” was behind it all.
Dylan resurrects his former undercover persona, Dave Young, to once again get close to Joe Child. Dylan discovers the cases of Caroline and Farrah, while recent, are rooted in the past. He knows in his gut the answers lie in shared histories. All he needs to do is find the right people and ask the right questions. When Anna, another young girl who’d been at the refuge recently, disappears on Dylan’s “watch” he feels a renewed sense of urgency.
While Dylan has to delve into a dark and dangerous past Bev is firmly rooted in the present and wondering if she’ll have a future. Despite her independence Bev discovers just how much she relies on and needs Dylan when a health scare/crisis occurs. Bev’s POV chapters had my stomach clenching and heart racing with fear. Bev has to face one of a woman’s worst fears while Dylan is deep undercover and unable to be by her side.
The introduction of a highly placed potentially influential character raises many questions for me. Will they return? If they do the possibilities are boggling.
DEADLY SHADOWS has everything I’ve come to expect from Dylan and Ms. Wells but still and yet it read different; a sense of being on the brink maybe?
DEADLY SHADOWS opens and closes with Dylan’s past. Demons from his past are laid to rest while others are resurrected. With all the twists and turns DEADLY SHADOWS is the most intense Dylan to date. By the end I was fairly wrung out while also feeling hopeful and on edge. I sincerely hope the next installment isn’t too far out. Reviewed by IvyD for Manic Readers