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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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"just a bad MEMORY"~ 5 STAR Linda Howard Thriller

Lizette suddenly is remembering her secret past~

Lizette is very ill and takes a day off work. What she cannot explain is why she does not know her own face. She is awere of having some very interesting hidden "talents" and is aware she is being "monitored" finding some bugs in her home and GPS in her car. She just is not sure WHY. As the cloud of her memory "clears" she is suddenly in danger. Using her HIDDEN TALENTS she flees for her life. Hot on her trail is Black Ops Xavier who has also been monitoring Lizzie and is now her protector. ** SPOILER** DO not read this unless you want to learn the plot*** Lizzie was part of an ultra secret detail of the President and first lady. When a murder happens Lizzie has her memory "erased /wiped" and is given a new life. but the MEMORY WIPE is not perminent as they planned. now someone is out to kill Lizzie to make sure all her memories "die with her". On the run and Xavier hot on her trail has Lizzie eluding both a KILLER and Xavier. This is a first rate plot right down to the killing and cover up. As well as the "memory" erase. Lizzie is one of Howards BEST heroines and Xavier is her match in every way. This one is excellent and one of the better Howard books. I give this one 5 STARS for PLOT, 5 STARS for READER ~ Carrington McDuffie is first rate and holds us following the facinating look the world of Black Ops. EXCELLENT.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Very good will listen to this one again

I always listen/read her books and found this one to have the same 4 star rating. I also enjoy Carrington MacDuffie as a narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great

Once again Linda Howard has managed to grab my attention and keep it. It was worth my credit...my last credit. Ms. MacDuffie was simply beautiful. She brought Linda Howard's novel to life. Also she made me laugh.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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What a Disappointment

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

Not sure, it just did not come up to the high standard Linda Howard has had in the past. The story line not credible, drags, character building not her usual and she has always put humor in her mysteries and this has none.
Her usual fans will not be those who enjoy it more so not sure who it would appeal to.

Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Howard again?

Yes, this has to be one of her total disconnects.

What aspect of Carrington MacDuffie’s performance would you have changed?

Not sure it was her performance or just how much the story line dragged.

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

It was finally over. If people like super secret spy agencies working outside of protocol this might appeal.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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I loved this book!!

What did you love best about Shadow Woman?

This book kept me guessing for the first half. And not being able to figure things out right away was very nice.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Woman?

The moment the romance truely started.

Any additional comments?

I will lesson to this book again it was that good, the romance is later in this book so in that way it is not a traditional romance. Very fun book.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Engaging Read!

Where does Shadow Woman rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is among the top of my list.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Woman?

When the main character found out what had really happened (her memory had been erased)

Which character – as performed by Carrington MacDuffie – was your favorite?

Probably the main character: Lizzie

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Not one of my favorites

Not that the story was bad it just wasn't as good as some of the old Linda Howard I remember. Killing seems to be okay and as normal as eating lunch or dinner and doesn't seem to bother anyone. I also didn't feel the attraction between the main two characters was well developed. I couldn't decide if it was the author or the narrator but in the end I decided it was both. I didn't hate it but could have done without it.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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NOT FOR ME

The whole book is narrated just listening to the thoughts of the two main characters. Not. Sure how it rated 5 stars that's one reviewer I won't be purchasing a book because of her ratings was totally disappointed over 3 hrs. The first half Of just listening to the thoughts of lizette and xaniver trying to make it to the end .not worth the credit to me. Gave 3 starts for effort

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • EAA
  • Rochester, NY United States
  • 02-26-13

Not for me

What would have made Shadow Woman better?

Felt like the story was the sex with a semi interesting story wrapped around it. Would have liked the story a lot more if the characters were better developed. The story was pretty predictable and the surprises were meh. The ending was laughable. This book does not make me want to read or listen to anything else by this author.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Carrington MacDuffie?

The narrator was pretty good so I would not hesitate to listen to another book with MacDuffle as the author.

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

I was very disappointed in the book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Barbara L.
  • 01-02-13

How does she do it!

I received the book yesterday morning and, even though I am rationing my time on it, am over 40% into it, on Kindle. Linda manages to come up with fantastic plots and likeable characters - even though at first you may not be taken with them. I like this so much that I have now bought the audible version to follow up the Kindle version - I hear parts that I have missed in reading. I like to have all my favourites in both versions. Can't wait for the next book.