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Review: IN THE SHADOWS, Tara Lyons

In The Shadows, by Tara Lyons. Review by Barbara Copperthwaite

"Wow, this book gets off to a blood-thirsty start, and the killing just doesn’t stop!"


Detective Inspector Denis Hamilton is tasked with apprehending a brutal murderer stalking the streets of London - and leaving not a shred of DNA evidence. As the suspect list mounts, his frustration and pressure from his superiors intensify. Grace Murphy, who is dealing with the recent loss of her beloved grandfather, falls deeper into despair when her friends’ bodies are discovered. Fearing she may be the killer’s next target, she begins to question if her horrifying nightmares are the key to unravelling the murderer’s identity. How far would you go to uncover the truth? Would you venture into the shadows to unmask a killer?


Wow, this book gets off to a blood-thirsty start, and the killing just doesn’t stop!

On the face of it this is a simple story of a young damsel in distress who finds herself helpless in the middle of a police investigation. But there is plenty going on to keep readers on the edge of their seat, and In The Shadows is clever, hiding its complexity until later. You’ll think ‘whodunit’ is obvious. Then you’ll change your mind. You’ll choose someone else. And change your mind again…

As the tension ramps up for the main character, Grace, so it does for the reader – though there were times I lost patience with a 30-year-old woman having tantrums at her mother like a teenager.

This is a fast-paced read that will have you ripping through the pages.

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