Monday, 25 April 2016

Addison Kline - Shadow Dancer (Shadow, #1)

*Review by Susan
**Contains adult themes

Some secrets should just stay buried. On the day Tristan Morrow is born her mother goes missing, prompting an investigation that produces no solid leads. Fast forward 15 years, and the Morrow family still doesn't know the truth behind Catherine Morrow’s disappearance. When 15 year old Tristan is required to write a biography on her mother for a school assignment, she learns the truth about her mother’s fate, and is hell-bent upon finding out who was responsible for her death. But when Tristan herself goes missing too, everyone is suspect, even her own father and boyfriend. Set in rural Fox Hollow, PA, Shadow Dancer unravels a web of lies, deceit, madness and corruption. Can investigators crack the case before Tristan meets the same fate as her mother? And who is responsible for the disappearances? There is much uncertainty as the investigation unfolds, but there is one thing that is certain: Tristan Morrow holds the master key to the entire riddle.

A gripping story so beautifully written by Addison Kline. This is the first of her books I've had the pleasure of reading but boy was it incredible.

She is a shadow dancer. Skirting the shadows, out of sight but rarely out of mind. There she would remain, waiting, watching, and forbidding him to make me a shadow dancer, too.

The family history slowly unravels as the Morrow's children get an assignment. The story of the Morrow family was one we would learn of throughout the story. One of love, loss and grief. But when Tristan goes missing there is only one suspect in her father's (Jack Marrow) mind.

It took every ounce of strength in Tristan's body not to scream. The figure spoke in a hoarse voice that she immediately recognized.
  "It's time."

Jack is a dedicated father and despite keeping the truth from his children around the circumstances surrounding their mother...he genuinely did it out of no malice...

Jack Excerpt:
....His intentions were not to have his children hate their mother...his intentions were to protect them from the horrible truth that occurred in the winter of 1981

The story would flit between the present (well set in 1997) and go back to the period surrounding Tristan's birth and days surrounding her mothers death.

I loved your mother. I still do. I would give up the world to have her back for a moment. No matter what anyone says to you, know that to be true.

We see a new police sergeant coming to town and she would be the beginning of more findings and see the true deceptions of the current officers. As well as being the lead officer in the case of missing Tristan would she be able to close the case of her mother, Catherine too?

If only I had known then...I would have put a stop to his madness.  He took an already fragile mind and applied just enough pressure for it to break completely...

A story that felt more like an action film and actually had me sitting on the edge of my seat for the last 40%.
I can't wait to read more in the series and so pleased that all I had heard about Addison's books were true and did not disappoint. A truly well earned five star read!

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Get your copy of Shadow Dancer here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

I was sent this book free of charge to review. All thoughts and opinions are honest & my own.

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