- Paperback: 464 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 055277734X
- ISBN-13: 978-0552777346
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.9 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (116 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 183,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
In Her Shadow Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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"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)
"Enthralling and unnervingly absorbing... Our top holiday recommendation so far this year." (Heat)
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Top Customer Reviews
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 ...Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Louise has written another gripping book that really takes you on a journey that you are unsure where it will lead you. In Her Shadow starts with Hannah in the present day, she glimpses something that throws her totally off-balance and makes her doubt everything she thinks she knows to be true. The book transports you back to her childhood with her `brother' and best Friend, Ellen. What starts off as a normal childhood changes so dramatically.
Whilst there are lots of `flash backs' and chapters in the past as well as the present day, it is extremely easy to read and understand where you are.
As with Louise's last book, there is a chilling feel to the book and an uncertainty of what will happen next. Beautifully written and powerful descriptive passages. This is really a book that makes you think and whilst you may or may not like the leading characters (I did), I don't think that matters as the whole story will captivate you until you turn to the very last page and a very satisfying ending
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Normally love books by this author but wasn't keen on this one. It was very well written but slow going and very sad. I found it hard to warm to any of the characters. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant. This is the second book that I have read by Louise Douglas and I was not disappointed.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
Long winded and far from a "thrilling page turner". Page skipper would be a better discription. Read morePublished 13 months ago by lorraine landon
This is a new author for me and am still reading this. I enjoyed her latest book The Secret By The Lake immensely but not too sure about this one.Published 14 months ago by Carole Hesford