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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Psychological Thriller
Journalist Patrick Bannister's hateful mother had sucked any feelings of love from him when he was a child so he never knew it existed until he met fellow student Marybeth, the only love of his life. He watched her die in a fire started deliberately. Haunted by the arson and scorched body he had seen resulted in emotional turmoil causing him to lose his job and end up in...
Published 8 months ago by ACB (swansea)

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3.0 out of 5 stars Darkness & Shadows
Good enjoyable read if your looking for something quick and uncomplicated that doesn't need much concentration. Fair value for money.
Published 7 months ago by elainet


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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning Psychological Thriller, 4 Nov 2013
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Journalist Patrick Bannister's hateful mother had sucked any feelings of love from him when he was a child so he never knew it existed until he met fellow student Marybeth, the only love of his life. He watched her die in a fire started deliberately. Haunted by the arson and scorched body he had seen resulted in emotional turmoil causing him to lose his job and end up in therapy sessions. Confusion, anger, guilt and loss of self-esteem were heightened by a news bulletin. A wealthy cancer specialist and his wife , Wesley and Charlene Clark, were missing. Patrick thought he was losing his mind as the photo on screen of Charlene was Marybeth, dead for 15 years. Exhaustive searches could find no evidence that Marybeth had ever existed. A confused and sad Patrick's anxiety and determination drives him to find the truth, embarking on a journey he is about to find is jam-packed with hazardous encounters and incidents ultimately life-threatening. He is aided by an unlikely ally, street-wise and hard-nosed petty criminal, Tristan, a fellow sufferer of life.

This is a fast-moving tense and suspenseful psychological thriller with a continuous flow of taut action. The mystery generated is fuelled by a string of cleverly constructed twists and surprises in the author's masterly, intriguing narrative. The characters are well-drawn, the therapy sessions revealing and the bonding of Patrick and Tristan may lead to future encounters. Also a word for the delightful Bullet, Patrick's dog. This is a top-class entertaining thriller and a page-turning read. A fabulous novel from Andrew E. Kaufman.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness and Shadows, 18 Jan 2014
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One of those books that kept you guessing till the truth was revealed. The two main characters so damaged, yet so interesting in their pain and determination. Complementing each other with their own inner and different strengths. Really enjoyable read. I thank my sister for recommending this story and introducing me to a new author. Look forward to reading more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 19 Nov 2013
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The pace of this book is pretty fast. It was an enjoyable read and I did not guess the outcome. Only irritation was the sections covering Patrick's sessions with his therapist - not sure how accurate this was compared to real life, but didn't seem to be very helpful to me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars darkness and shadows, 24 Jan 2014
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darkness and shadows is a deep and at times disturbing book but an excellent read away from the run of the mill mysteries. Thank you
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness and shadows, 27 Jun 2014
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This is the first of this author I've read. I enjoyed the way personal emotions were woven through the story. Will be reading more of this author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Darkness and Shadows, 6 May 2014
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Enjoyed reading this book which kept your interests high to the very end with a couple of twists along the way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, 25 April 2014
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The characters are well drawn and the book pulls you along into the story. The plot is excellent and the charters are believable. The story line stays true to the central point without too many distractions. This is a new author and one that I will follow with interest.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 27 Mar 2014
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Very disappointed, long winded and boring. I kept trying several times to get into the book and couldn't. Gave up half way through as didn't care about the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, 21 Mar 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book. A new author for me but will certainly look for more. Really couldn't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good, 8 Mar 2014
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Having not read a novel before by this author, I had no preconceived ideas. Carefully drawn characters for whom the liking wafts and wanes, confusedly, as you gradually wade through the complicated storyline together with an atmospheric description of locations, backgrounds and environments bring the whole picture to life - and to death. Or does it?

Excellent twists and turns and an unexpected ending. Thank you, Andrew - a riverting read.
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