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Shadow Woman by [Howard, Linda]
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The Howard name is synonymous with amazing entertainment. (Romantic Times)

A great suspense with a twist of romance from the best-selling US author (Evening Telegraph (Peterborough))

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Another pulse-stopping novel from New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard that's filled with the kind of suspense and breathless romance that's guaranteed to have you enthralled.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 821 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Piatkus (1 Jan. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008H33U7W
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #143,569 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Hardcover
This story had a fabulous premise - Lizette wakes up one morning, looks in the mirror and the face staring back at her is not hers. She finds scars that show her features have been changed and she realises that 3 years of her life are missing from her memory.

Wow. This had me diving in and turning the pages. Sadly those pages then got bogged down, very bogged down with repetitive and mind numbing detail. No, I do not want to wade through page after page of mundane minutiae with Lizette shopping for trainers, shopping for a cell phone - after pages of internal discussion as to what kind to get, food shopping, visits to the cash machine, how, why and what position to park her car in. By 40% through the book I was losing the will to live.

And a curious thing - there was little to no conversation throughout the book between anyone. It was all internal monologue.

As for the romance side - there wasn't any. We know that Lizette and X had been involved in the past but nothing more. We get two scenes where Lizette dreams about X and her having sex - the tab A into slot B variety and that was it until they finally meet up when 80% of the book has passed. We know nothing about X except he is some sort of Super Spy and we find out nothing more about him. They clap eyes on each other, have sex, confess their love (?) and he reveals the big ending.

At which point I laughed. Whilst my eyes rolled round faster than a slot machine in Vegas. The plot had more holes than Swiss cheese and was totally implausible/silly/bizarre!

If you would like to read Linda Howard at her best I would recommend White Lies, Diamond Bay, Dream Man, Heart of Fire - in fact any of her older works. That is where her talent really shone.

I am off to find out what Lizette was given for her brain swipe . . perhaps it will erase the memories of this book for me.
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Format: Hardcover
In recent years, LH books such as Up Close And Dangerous (which mentions 'an increasing body count', yet not one person died in the book, LOL!), Ice (which mentioned 'a killer in the woods', when there were at least 2), Burn (I wish the book, and the leads, had), Prey (where we found out about not only a Grizzly's meals, but his thoughts about the hiker that he'd spotted and planned on making dessert from!), have been nothing but - pardon the pun - a shadow of this once-great author, but with this one, I'm hoping we'll be seeing a return of the LH I loved. I'm still not sure about buying her books, as 1) they're overpriced and 2) my library has her on auto-buy, but this is kind of making me waver a bit.

It is a fast moving tale, featuring one single character for pretty much all of the tale, with 2/3 side characters who we get to know about, but who also seem as shadowy as the Shadow Woman of the title. Interestingly, the latter has barely any interaction with any other living being, and is on the run for most of the book, and for someone with a past like hers, the 'total recall' thing was perhaps a bit too much in too short a space to buy, but I did like the tale. And once again, the US is not the urbane, open, friendly place as it would rather be portrayed...and the author dealt in a subject in a particular character, that many Americans would consider blasphemy, but which I thought was pretty brave and novel, and which was perfect for this tale.

Interestingly, this is the first LH book that my library hasn't categorised as a Romantic Suspense novel, but as a Thriller. I personally wouldn't call either of those, but just a suspense novel.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I have been an avid reader of Linda Howard books over the years but Shadow Woman has to grouped together with Burn, Ice etc as books that just don't work. This book was hard work ... without the reward of a good read. The last book I enjoyed was Prey.
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I have been a fan of Linda Howard from way back.
I used to be able to buy her books without reading the back, this hasn't happened for a while.

But my faith was coming back when I read Running Wild as I really enjoy that book.

This book has a great idea, prologue kept me hooked.
Chapter 1 appears closely inspired by Tightrope men by Desmond Bagley.

And for some reason, couldn't get pass that this time.
Found myself switching off while reading.. Found myself on chapter 3 and couldn't tell you what happened and had no desire to start again.
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I dont know where the old Linda Howard has gone?, this was an okay read when I was asked to review this book I had to think hard to rember the story and I only read it last week. This can not be said for a lot of her older books that I read years ago, ie Mr perfect still have this story and many more that I re read.
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I have read this book before, not realised
I have also watched a televised version of the story on tv which often happens
there are so many authors works getting televised these days.
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I have read Linda Howard for years the books in the last few years are not as good as the older books.
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Bought as a present. Delivered as stated and beautifully packaged.
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