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Family Shadows [Kindle Edition]

John Nixon
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Fiona Downing had been happily married to her husband Michael for fourteen years. She was his second wife, his first wife having died in a car crash when their twin daughters were very small. Fiona decided, when the girls left for university, that she wanted to give them a permanent reminder of their mother, and started to explore their family history.
It had started so innocently, but each piece of information discovered raised questions in her mind, and started to cast longer and longer shadows across Michael’s past. Deceit, lies, adultery and worse, it became an investigation that would change all their lives forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 366 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008LMHD0E
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #54,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Nixon was born in Stoke-on-Trent in Staffordshire. After a career working for a high street bank, and then owning his own bookshop he turned to writing, and published his first novel 'Family Shadows' in 2012. This was followed in 2013 by 'The Cuckoo Clock' and in 2014 by 'Stolen Futures'. All the books are crime and mystery stories with a dash of genealogy thrown in, reflecting his interest in family history. Madeleine Porter appears as a minor character in 'Family Shadows', but is the main character in the other two.

John is married with four grown-up children and three grandchildren, and lives with his wife in rural Herefordshire.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poorly written 13 April 2014
By LizE
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This is possibly the worst written book I have ever read. The plot was OK, but the execution was appalling. It read more like a school child's attempt at a story where the teacher had said use more adjectives, adverbs and description. The characters remained just names - no insight into their real characters and emotions. I certainly won't be purchasing any more books by this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read 20 Mar 2014
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I have been a Family Historian for many years, so was pleased to see someone writing novels about my favourite subject. However, although the research was well explained, I felt the story telling was very amateur. Short sentences and not very well written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Story 26 Nov 2013
By Helen
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This was an interesting storyline which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was written in a very simple manner with a lot of short sentences which is something I am not used to but is probably why I managed to read the book in one sitting of just under 3 hours. I think the characters could have been developed a bit further as we didnt really get to know any of them but on the whole it was a very good read, certainly good enough for me to buy the next book that this author has written
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1.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, poorly written 25 April 2014
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I thought there were some very good plot ideas in this book but the writing style is very stilted, almost like report writing. Not very well edited some glaring mistakes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a brilliant genealogy story , 8 Feb 2014
By Ang 35
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I'm an amateur genealogist and I love reading books about family trees. This story was different in that it was a mystery too ! Won't give anything away but really enjoyed reading this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb geneological novel 2 Jan 2014
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Brilliant characters, amazing perception, very gripping plot. This excellent first novel has everything going for it and I feel that further genealogical books from this author deserve to do extremely well indeed. Very highly recommended indeed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really easy bed time read 10 Jun 2013
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Really easy to get into which makes it a pick up and put down read. Fully recommend ideal holiday book
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first book by John Nixon 26 Feb 2013
By E. Cole
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Very addictive read, my husband and I read it at the same time and enjoyed trying to put the pieces together. Looking forward to reading another.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was really happy with this book. I couldn't put it down.
Published 27 days ago by Annette
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book as I am an avid family history ...
I loved this book as I am an avid family history researcher and it gave me a few ideas to improve my own methods of research.
Published 1 month ago by D. V. Ball
5.0 out of 5 stars I just love novels that deal with my hobby of researching Family ...
I just love novels that deal with my hobby of researching Family History. As soon as I finished this i read the next and am now reading a third.
Published 1 month ago by Rowan
4.0 out of 5 stars More interesting family history problems to solve.
The 3rd in the series very readable of these family history problems. A fairly predictable ending for Madelaine and her family. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jean I Sanderson
4.0 out of 5 stars Family Shadows - family history story
I really enjoyed this book. An enjoyable read; especially if you are interested in Family History. Not a 'heavy' read. Good bedtime story!
Published 4 months ago by Janetell
3.0 out of 5 stars good plot poor deliverance
I purchased the book because I liked the synopsis However although the plot was good the writing was very stilted. it didn't seem to flow naturally. .
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Ann Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Desperately searching for more from this author. Brilliant. Can't wait for more from this author! When when when when when!!
Published 5 months ago by heatherhr1
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Good easy book to read. Thought it dragged out a little in places, but still enjoyed it. Hope there more to come.
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad start....
I enjoyed this story, the basis of others that have since followed, as I found it more believable than some of the mysteries written as part of the new popular... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Nell
5.0 out of 5 stars What a twister!
Well. What a story full of twists, turns, revelations and dark secrets. A truly gripping read that started out life as a simple forage into a family's past and resulted in a closet... Read more
Published 6 months ago by E. North
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