In this story of a show-girl in Nevada, and a cop sent down from Seattle to help the local police to find a serial killer bent on murdering show-girls, there is a gradual, growing relationship between the protagonists. Amanda dances because she loves it, and the cop, Tristan McGlaughlin is world weary. Neither is looking for a relationship, but both are attracted to the other. One of Amanda's room mates is killed by the 'Show-girl Slayer', leading to the introduction of the protagonsts when Amanda and her other room-mate go to identify the body.
This novel does succesfully what many writers of romantic suspence, now that it is popular again, only strive to do. It balances the needs for the romantic element against the needs of the plot, so that the two work together, rather than one being a backdrop for the other.
This is a story about a serial killer that is killing dancers in Reno. Amanda is a friend of one of his victims and is forced to identify her body. Tristan is a Seattle cop that has been brought to Reno to head the task force. He does not know how to handle himself around beautiful women and is shy. These two people have a hard time coming together but they finally do despite the fact or because of the fact that the killer has decided to worship or idol Amanda.
As stated earlier and by other reviewers this story was slow going and it took over 100 pages for the two main characters to even warm up to each other. This is really more of a suspense novel with a little romance on the side. Don't look for this book to be like Ms. Andersen's later books. Still this was a good story worth the time it took to read it.
Dancing has been Amanda Rose Charles' life, however currently she is afraid of the killer who murdered a close friend. When Amanda meets Tristan, they immediately share a mutual dislike for one another. He thinks she is a whore and she believes he is a terse egotist. As they become acquainted, they begin to realize their stereotyping is way off base. Tristan sees refined elegance and Amanda observes a caring soul. Soon the couple falls in love, but the show stopping Show Girl Slayer still stalks the ballrooms.
Albeit a serial killer thriller, the lead couple's distinct and opposite personalities turn SHADOW DANCE into a strong police procedural romance. The investigation is fun to follow, but the relationship between the cop and the dancer lightens yet also intensifies the mood, which leads to the chase to stop the killer seemingly real. Readers will adore the intrepid yet reticent Tristan and cherish the lively Amanda. Though a reprint of Susan Anderson's debut novel, the tale remains a strong blending of mystery and romance that fans of both genres will appreciate.
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