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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Review: Chasing Shadows by Karen Harper


Print Length: 384 pages
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA (November 29, 2016)

From Goodreads.com: The dead still talk if you know how to listen… 

Every case that Claire Britten cracks is a win, not only professionally but personally. The forensic psychologist has spent a lifetime fighting a neurological disorder, and her ability to conquer it is a testament to her razor-sharp intuition. 

Nick Markwood is used to winning in the courtroom, so when his latest case is overthrown by Claire's expert testimony, he can't help being impressed by her skill. He needs her on the team of his passion project—investigating unusual cases involving mysterious deaths. Her condition doesn't deter him, and neither does the attraction that sparks between them…even if it should. 

As they join forces to investigate a murder in St. Augustine, Florida, Claire is thrust into a situation far more dangerous than she'd anticipated, pushing her disorder to a breaking point. Just when she fears she can't trust her own mind, she discovers Nick's personal connection to the case—and wonders whether she can trust anyone at all.


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My Rating: 3 stars out of 5

To begin with - when I started this novel I was unaware that it was actually the first in a series (as the synopsis says nothing about this), so it was a big disappointment when the story resolved one issue and then still managed to end on a huge cliff-hanger that was unrelated to the original issue. That was not only a complete turn-off, but made the rest of the story feel cheapened. Like the author didn't believe enough in the story itself to make the reader want to continue, but rather like she had to trick them into continuing on. 

There were also instances where I felt like this story just veered from believable to improbable. There were so many twists and turns, coupled with unnecessary drama and shady character actions that it sometimes felt confusing.

On the plus side, due to the shady characters and their odd actions, I was constantly guessing and second-guessing who the culprit would be, and despite everything I still managed to be surprised at who ultimately was guilty. 

Overall, I am sure there are those who will enjoy this story, however at this time I am unsure as to whether or not I will continue on with this series. 

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.


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                             Chasing Shadows
 is available from Amazon.com

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