Title: Shadow Woman
Review: Disappointed to say the least……here is why. This book was a bit strange, I follow this author and always request her new books from the library the minute they put the book into their system….but I am beginning to wonder why? The last one was OK, I really enjoyed Prey(even with the bear perspective...at least there was something interesting to read about) and Ice, but those are all I can really think I've liked of her books in the last few years. I miss her books like, To Die For, and Cover of Night. What happened to that author? I guess what I am saying is that maybe Linda is putting books out too fast and they are losing what makes her a best selling author. Slow down I follow many authors that publish once a year and their books get better every year....write a winner and see how willing to wait we all will be. The anticipation is what makes life great.
This book just felt off and the story was convoluted and didn't flow well. I read it because I had waited for it for a few weeks and was excited when the library called telling me it was available. But, now I am just disappointed and may need to remove this author from my favorites list. I don't have the time to waste on sub-par writing any longer. I want an author who hits it over the fence at least most of the time.
You can read the synopsis below, but I can tell you it is not as exciting or fast moving as it may sound. I enjoy the build up in a relationship and the quiet moments that each is thinking about the other, this had none of that. Instead this had dream sequences that were short and not that entertaining at all. I cannot recommend this book, not even to all the Linda Howard fans out there. You will just be disappointed so don't bother to waste your time or money on this book. See reviews below I think you will get the same feel from all of them.
Publisher: Published January 1st 2013 by Ballantine Books (first published December 1st 2012)
Quick Review: 2 stars out of 5
Why I Read It: I follow this author…or at least I did.
Where I Obtained the Book: Requested from my local library
Synopsis: Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else’s. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.
Strange memories soon begin to surface and, along with them, some unusual skills and talents that Lizette hasn’t a clue about acquiring. Sensing that she’s being monitored, Lizette suddenly knows how to search for bugs in her house and tracking devices in her car. What’s more, she can elude surveillance—like a trained agent.
Enter a mysterious and seductive stranger named Xavier, who claims he wants to help—but who triggers disturbing images of an unspeakable crime of which Lizette may or may not be the perpetrator. With memories returning, she suddenly becomes a target of anonymous assassins. On the run with nowhere to hide, Lizette has no choice but to rely on Xavier, a strong and magnetic man she doesn’t trust, with a powerful attraction she cannot resist. As murky waters become clear, Lizette confronts a conspiracy that is treacherous and far-reaching and a truth that, once revealed, may silence her and Xavier once and for all.
Author Biography: Linda S. Howington was born on August 3, 1950 in Alabama, United States. She began to write at nine years old, and wrote for twenty years for her own enjoyment. She worked at a trucking company where she met her husband, and then decided to try and get her work published in 1980. Her first work was published by Silhouette in 1982. She is a charter member of Romance Writers of America, joining in 1981 shortly after it was formed. She currently serves as Region 3 Director (until 31 October 2008).
Her husband is a professional bass tournament fisherman, and she travels with him to some very unglamorous locations where she works on her laptop. Linda and her husband live in a big house on a farm in Alabama, where they raise cattle and have two dogs.
Her friends include the authors Catherine Coulter, Iris Johansen, and Kay Hooper.
No link to Amazon for buying the book....not worth it...trust me!