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Wednesday, May 8, 2019

LSBBT BOOK REVIEWAPALOZZA + GIVEAWAY: The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell (Thriller)


THE SHADOW WRITER
by
ELIZA MAXWELL

Genre:  Psychological Suspense / Domestic Thriller
Publisher: Lake Union Press
Date of Publication: May 1, 2019
Number of Pages: 348


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Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others. Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye. Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge. As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.

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I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

Eliza Maxwell's previous novel, THE WIDOW'S WATCHER, was one of my favorite reads last year, so when I saw her newest book was a thriller involving a book blogger, I couldn't wait to get my hands on its pages!

As a huge fan of the thriller genre, I have read many titles, and I must say that this one stands up there with many of the more widely known! Featuring unlikeable and unreliable characters with ambiguous agendas and a twisting and completely unpredictable plot, this book needs to find a larger audience in order to spread the word on how amazing Eliza Maxwell's storytelling truly is! There were moments that I had to stop and reread chapters out loud to fully appreciate how beautiful and multilayered her use of language is, allowing her writing to simply flow right off the page. 

"Question everything. [T]hings aren't always what they seem. Trust no one."

Though filled with subjects and themes regarding murder, manipulation, obsession, and lies, the content is never graphic or gratuitous, but rather the covert nature of the characters' actions keeps the tension and suspense mounting until the absolute end. Despite being privy to multiple perspectives and personalities, all of which add their own complexities, including a story within the story, you never really have complete access to anyone's motives or motivations. This all adds to the mounting sense that there is something quite dramatic and unnerving bubbling just under the surface, and it's definitely going to be explosive when it finally breaks free if in fact it should have been revealed at all. Readers will have to determine that for themselves after reaching the story's unexpected conclusion.

The best way to enjoy a thriller is by going into it with very little information or understanding. Let this story envelope you like a cozy blanket that suddenly wraps too tightly, yet releases in a dizzying and pulse-pounding fashion only to slowly welcome you into its loving embrace over and over again. What a reading experience this was and one that I look forward to returning to just to make completely sure I didn't miss a thing! 

“A person writes a book out of ego, reads a book out of hope, and recommends a book out of love.”

Intensely woven and compulsively riveting, this mind-blowing journey is a masterful train wreck of assumptions that I can't recommend enough! A literary gift from an author that I highly anticipate each year!





Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with her ever-patient husband and two kids. She's an artist and writer, an introvert, and a British cop drama addict. She loves nothing more than to hear from readers.

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Many thanks to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Eliza Maxwell! It was an absolute pleasure reading, reviewing, and hosting! And be sure to check out the other stops on the tour for more opinions and extras!

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1 comment:

  1. FABULOUS review, and I feel the same way about Eliza's books -- they are gifts to readers!

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