A heart pounding suspense. Literally. Thanks to my new obsession with my Fitbit, I can tell you, my heartbeat was constantly around a 100 while I was reading In Her Shadow. (My resting heart rate is 63. Just sayin’…)
In Her Shadow by Mark Edwards
Genres: Psychological Thriller, Mystery
Published: 4th October, 2018
Back in the summer, I introduced my friend to Mark Edwards’ books, and she was instantly hooked. Obviously. So when we found out about In Her Shadows, we decided to buddy read it. Guys, it was so much fun!
I must say, I usually don’t like child characters, neither in books, nor in movies. Four-year-old Olivia, Jessica’s daughter, was no exception either. She annoyed the crap out of me, and honestly don’t know how Jessica remained so kind and patient with her. Mum skills, for sure. I wouldn’t know. Both my friend and I are non-mums, so we had to assume kids at this age have a special talent to great on one’s nerves. Basically they are the perfect character choice for a suspense novel that is supposed to unnerve you.
Olivia seems to be haunted by Aunt Izzy, and the fact that this was not the first time the family experienced this kind of disturbance, puts everyone on edge. The little girl is of course no help, because everything is a secret, and upon further questioning she instantly falls asleep. She knows a great deal about her dead aunt she’d never met, can sing a very obscure Nirvana song, and the scary changes in her behavior freak the whole family out. I don’t know about you guys, but if my kid started talking in riddles, became obsessed with death and turned violent, I’d be on my way to the child psychologist in a heartbeat. Olivia’s teacher doesn’t seem to be concerned though, so everyone goes along with the theory that the child is either possessed by spirits, or she’s a bit of a weirdo.
I loved the way Mark Edwards kept throwing all those little hints around, always keeping me on my toes. Whenever I thought I figured something out, I was either wrong, or only partially right and that truth had nothing to do with anything. Once you jump into this story, buckle up, because there’s no stopping.