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In Her Shadow [Kindle Edition]

Louise Douglas
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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"Enthralling and unnervingly absorbing... Our top holiday recommendation so far this year." (Heat)

"In Her Shadow is captivating, it is compelling and it is powerfully written...I cannot describe how much I loved this book!" (http://readinginthesunshine.wordpress.com/)

"An edge-of-your-seat read, which will have you tantalisingly close to the psychosis Hannah seems to be experiencing. Dark and brooding." (The Lady)

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What would you do if your past came back to haunt you? A mesmerising story for fans of Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 536 KB
  • Print Length: 466 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 055277734X
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007T8RAI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,182 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadowed by the past 29 July 2012
Format:Hardcover
Another very engrossing read from Louise Douglas - who definitely features highly in my top ten favourite authors as she is so consistent.

This is a subtle and slightly sinister psychological drama written in a dual time frame of present day events and reminiscences of the narrators past.

Told in first person by Hannah who is in her 30s and working in a museum, in her past lies a mental breakdown and a few secrets. She is left shaken and disturbed by suddenly catching glimpses of a friend from her childhood .. who died years before. This sets her off down memory road remembering her own upbringing, with her adopted brother Jago and her best friend Ellen, from a bohemian and musical ubringing - so vibrant and dramatic that Hannah spends her teenage years drawn to her like a moth to a flame, devotedly fond and protective of her friend yet very much "in her shadow".

Gradually past events are brought to life through Hannahs memories although it's told at quite a gentle pace, and is a subtle story where the reader is kept guessing.

In each chapter we are given a little more information about past happenings and left wanting to find out more about How Ellen died, why Hannah is estranged from Jago and what part if any did past events play in Hannahs past mental health problems.

We wonder as does she, whether Hannah is heading for a breakdown again, is she seeing things? perhaps the girl she is seeing is a ghost. When everything is finally revealed it leads to a satisfying and quite unexpected conclusion.

Beautifully written, tense and poignant, highly recommended to anyone who enjoyed her previous novels
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
I'm going to admit - I have never read a book by Louise Douglas before. Ever. But this book sounded so intriguing and I was so excited to start it...and let me just say - WOW. Where on earth have I been?! How have I not read any of Louise's other books? In fact, I am SO impressed by this novel that after I have finished writing this, I'm going to order her other books straight away.

In the present day, Hannah Brown works at a museum, living in a flat with what seems to be an ordinary life. But Hannah Brown has secrets, secrets that include a mental breakdown and memories of a childhood that she would rather forget. As Hannah works on an ordinary day, she catches sight of Ellen Brecht, a girl she has tried so hard to forget...

Ellen was her best friend as a child ever since Ellen and her family moved in to Thornfield House. Ellen is the opposite of Hannah...Ellen is beautiful, fierce and knows exactly what she wants, whereas Hannah is more timid and willing to go along with her friend. But soon their life becomes dark, and filled with obsession, betrayal and lies, resulting in tragedy.

But is this woman really Ellen? And if she has come to find Hannah, what does she want? To forgive her? Or to punish her?

I cannot describe how much I loved this book! In Her Shadow is one of those books that is impossible to put down, so if you're going to read this, make sure you start it on a morning or when you have a bit of a free day as you won't want to be parted from the pages!

The characters, for me, are really what made this book so brilliant. They are all complex characters with their own agendas, thought processes and personalities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lady C
Format:Paperback
I really liked the book and found it a page turner but curiously, well for me anyway, I got kind of tired of the themes - Hannah's jealousy and fascination and love for Ellen and the strange yet seemingly glamorous life of the Brecht Family, contrasting against her own relatively mundane and low key family - just at the moment when I feel I should have been breathless for the big reveal. But by the time I got to the climax chapters at the end I found the story rushed. The author has taken 100s of page to explore the intricacies of complex relationships - that I could really relate to - but only a few very short ones to bring it all to fruition. I felt a bit cheated by what seemed a rushed ending and would have enjoyed it so much more if more of the story had been on the reveal of the 'ghost' of the past and the story of what happened to Ellen - it seemed all a bit implausible like the author had thought it up the moment she came to write it. So for me a gripping story for about three quarters of the book and then it lost me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shadows in Cornwall. 21 Aug 2013
By Pigwin
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This story opens in present day Bristol where the narrator, Hannah, who is in her late thirties, works in a museum. One day Hannah catches a glimpse of a childhood friend, Ellen Brecht, and reacts very badly as she believes she is seeing a ghost. The tale is told in alternating chapters by Hannah and flits between the idyllic childhood she shared with Ellen in Cornwall and the present day in Bristol.

This novel is well-crafted and shows how even the closest of childhood friendships can be riven by jealously. When Hannah first encounters Ellen, she is infatuated with her and her parents and their lifestyle - particularly as she finds her own parents, though extremely loving and caring, rather dull and boring. Hannah, Ellen and Jago, Hannah's adopted brother, form a very close friendship and things become complicated when childhood friendship turns to love.

Hannah is fascinated with Ellen who is dramatic, determined and attention-seeking and who brings such excitement into Hannah's previously dull life. I am reluctant to elaborate any further on the plot in case I might spoil the story for other readers and that would be a shame as there are some rather surprising developments.

Louise Douglas is an accomplished writer and her characters are quite well-drawn; some are rather complex and hover between evoking sympathy in the reader and at other times feelings of downright dislike. I enjoyed her descriptions of Cornwall and could almost taste the local cider.

Unquestionably implausible at times, this novel still has the requisites for a satisfying light read i.e. interesting plot, themes of friendship, love, obsession, loss, tragedy and, at least partial redemption.

I would recommend this book as an undemanding holiday read although it is certainly not a story I would be interested in reading again.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars In her shadow
slow at times but you want to keep picking it up to find out what happens next to ellen. a good page turner.
Published 5 days ago by MR N COLGAN
5.0 out of 5 stars in her shadiw
Great awsone good read enjoyed it very good would reccomemd t others value for money would buy others by her now
Published 14 days ago by Dido
4.0 out of 5 stars Good holiday read
The intriguing scenario is kept interesting by alternating between present and past. You will probably guess part of the ending but not all of it. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Marsh
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing read.
After reading this, I read all Louise Douglas's books and cannot wait for her new one to be published in August!!
Published 1 month ago by pamela
4.0 out of 5 stars Different direction for Author
This book is unlike the authors previous offerings but is a good read nonetheless, just not your typical boy meets girl with a happy ending type storyline. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jane
3.0 out of 5 stars First impression
I have only just discovered this author and I like her style of writing ,but I found the content of this story depressing and therefore forgettable......hence only 3 stars. Read more
Published 2 months ago by floralface
4.0 out of 5 stars very readable
Well worth reading - perfect for a holiday book not too taxing - good flow and unexpected ending, download now
Published 3 months ago by V. Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Captivating Novel
I have never read a book by Louise Douglas before and wow what a good one to start with! I have been so impressed with her book that now I have bought another one of her... Read more
Published 4 months ago by mrsb2011
5.0 out of 5 stars A really enjoyable book
Having just introduced myself to Louise Douglas, I am thoroughly enjoying all her books so far. They are well paced and the narrative keeps to the plot without using over... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Liz D
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've ever read
Without a doubt one of the best books I've ever read. It's intriguing & moving and incredibly well written. I couldn't put it down.
Published 4 months ago by K. A. Rolinson
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