SHADOW DANCER by Addison Kline

Posted: September 13, 2014 by BA Dillon in IT'S A MYSTERY TO ME

shadow dancerReviewed by Lizzie McDee

Gone Readin’ was given this book to read in turn for an honest review. This is a tough book to review without giving away the story. At Gone Readin’ our policy is to never publish a review with spoilers. So here’s just enough to wet your appetite, peak your interest, so that you can have a seat to watch this terrific romantic, suspenseful mystery unfold before your very eyes.

Secrets are secrets for a reason, and some should never be unearthed. The day Tristan Morrow is born, her mother goes missing, and Tristan is raised by an extended family. Fifteen years later, the Morrow family hasn’t found closure – they still do not know what happened to Catherine Morrow. Being the youngest and only girl of five children, Tristan has lived her life protected by her father and brothers. She even hides her first crush with Cole, fearful or what her father and brothers will do to him. When Mr. Bernard Kendricks, the strictest English teacher at Steeplechase Academy assigns Tristan to write a biography on her mother, all she can write is what she’s heard from others. She was beautiful. She was crazy. She didn’t stick around. The assignment, however, leads her to the truth. She didn’t leave her, she is dead. Tristan’s mission becomes finding the person responsible, but these actions put her own life at risk. Her father, Jack Morrow promises to share with his children all that he knows, but before that family meeting takes place, Tristan ends up missing as well. The family has their own theory who might be responsible for Tristan’s disappearance, and hopes to find her before she meets the same fate as her mother. The story takes place in rural Fox Hollow, Pennsylvania, and the mystery unravels a web of lies, deceit, madness and corruption. Who is responsible for the disappearances? The only thing we know for sure is Tristan Morrow holds the key to solving the entire riddle.

Here’s what we loved about this story. At Gone Readin’ we love dialogue driven stories about families, and that’s exactly what we have here. We also want our main characters to show strength but also unveil their vulnerabilities as well. The plot itself is intricate, taking so many twists and turns you’ll feel like you just rode the best roller coaster of your life. Ms. Kline does a wonderful job creating characters that readers will both love and hate.

We are calling this a 4.5 for two reasons. There were so many characters; we had trouble distinguishing between them all. As a result, this reviewer read the prologue and first three chapters several times. This is however, typical for most books of this genre. The prologue was slightly confusing because the “voice” wasn’t clear. It’s important to pay attention to the chapter headings and dates, to clarify the character “voice” for that chapter. The changes from third person to first person POV, and changes in tense keeps the book from reading seamlessly. The storyline – the plot is interesting, and held my interest. I was truly invested in the entire Morrow clan and Tristan’s future. If you are looking for a well-written, dialogue-driven, suspenseful mystery about an interesting family, look no further. Shadow Dancer is the book for you!

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