Thursday, 18 August 2016

Addison Kline - Stolen Innocents (Shadow, #2)

*Contains adult themes
**Review by Susan

Everybody in Elkhart has a secret and if they say they don't, they're lying. Three years have passed since Tristan Morrow returned home after her harrowing kidnapping ordeal with her former English teacher, Bernard Kendricks. A sense of peace has taken over the Morrow Manor, but it will not last forever. A killer of women is on the loose in Elkhart and has already claimed the lives of two young women. Will DiNolfo and her officers catch the killer before a third victim is claimed? When their three main suspects turn out to be innocent, the Elkhart Police Department is at a loss until a citizen comes forward with some crucial information: Tristan Morrow knows who is responsible for the murders. But does the information come too late? And how does this relate to the murder case of Tiffany O'Mara? Tristan soon learns that not even the dead can keep their secrets buried forever.








Stolen Innocents is the follow on story to Shadow Dancer and boy, do things step up a notch!


As we learn more about the O'Mara's and in particular their eldest daughter, Angie. The story throughout leads us to know that there is a grave secret in that family...


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Not all haunted houses are the same. While Morrow Manor fits the bill, the modern O'Mara house had more secrets than the whole of Elkhart combined.
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But as a the story of the murder comes to light, it is clear to see that females are being targeted. Bringing up memories or Tristan's ordeal three years previous at the hands of Kendricks (Bernard). She had moved on but did things seem a little copycat? Who was it within their community going to great efforts to lead the police to three male suspects?


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Hadn't the Morrow and the Piedmonte families suffered enough?
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As with Addison Kline's first book, the writing is beautiful and descriptive beyond measure...I felt like I was transported straight into the emotion filled page turner..

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He didn't cry...What happened was far more heart-wrenching than that.  Bridgette watched her nephews eyes as his sanity threatened to flicker out of sight...
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As a jewellery box known to the family makes an appearance with some grilling evidence giving an insight into who might be hurt next, the story steps up in danger and onto a new level of on-the-edge-of your-seat-peeing-your-pants lol.

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A heavy sigh released from Bridgette's lungs. She knew what the dates meant. The date on the back of the photograph was the date that each of the women had died at the hands of another.
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But as the story and danger permitted a lot was learned about the Morrow family. Their true feelings and understanding of one another, as well as seeing them no longer as children, but adults too.

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It was so easy to forget that her intelligent, beautiful and courageous niece had been through so much...Bridgette trusted Tristan more as a confidant then as a child.
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A truly mind blowing book that just kept getting better. One that didn't feel rushed or the ending cut short. Secrets, betrayal, grief and animosity all outweighed by the support and love of a tight knight community and family who hold on till the very end. One of my top reads of the year!

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Bury a secret, and prepare to have it haunt you well past your dying day.
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Get your copy of Stolen Innocents here (UK) or here (US). Add to your Goodreads TBR here.

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

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