Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Reviews - - Shadow Dancer by Addison Kline


Some secrets should just stay buried. On the day Tristan Morrow is born her mother goes missing, prompting an investigation that produces no solid leads. Fast forward 15 years, and the Morrow family still doesn't know the truth behind Catherine Morrow’s disappearance. When 15 year old Tristan is required to write a biography on her mother for a school assignment, she learns the truth about her mother’s fate, and is hell-bent upon finding out who was responsible for her death. But when Tristan herself goes missing too, everyone is suspect, even her own father and boyfriend. Set in rural Fox Hollow, PA, Shadow Dancer unravels a web of lies, deceit, madness and corruption. Can investigators crack the case before Tristan meets the same fate as her mother? And who is responsible for the disappearances? There is much uncertainty as the investigation unfolds, but there is one thing that is certain: Tristan Morrow holds the master key to the entire riddle.

***ARC Provided by Addison Kline in exchange for an honest review***

5 Brilliant Stars!!

Addison Kline's Shadow Dancer is a book that you do not typically come across these days.  Not only because the plot was so unique but because her writing style is so amazing.  It has a very old school feel that I can only compare to some of the greatest novelists of our time.  Her words flow so eloquently, much like a classical piece of music.  I was entranced from the beginning and can honestly say that she has such a promising career ahead of her!

Shadow Dancer is a tale of obsession, mystery and family values.  I can not say enough good things about the depth of this book.  Her attention to detail is remarkable as she left no open ended questions.  The story starts off  with the Morrow children receiving an English assignment from their shady teacher.  He gave me the creeps from the moment he entered the story.  You could just tell that he had ill intentions.  On the outside, the English assignment seems innocent but it acts as the catalyst to huge plot twist that kept me reading as fast as my brain could process.  Long buried truths begin to surface and Tristan is placed directly in the hands of an obsessed lunatic.  It is hard to really give details without revealing too much but suffice it to say that this book is one major revelation after another.  

There were so many things about this book that I loved, I don't think I can actually name them all.  One thing that really stuck out to me was the bond between the Morrow family.  It was heartwarming, especially when the chips were down.  No matter what was said they always had each other's best intentions at heart.  I loved Angus, the grumpy grandfather, as he added a bit of comic relief to the story.  I mean, who doesn't have a old grumpy man in their family?  I also loved the strength Tristan showed through out the entire book.  Not only when in harm's way but even when learning about her family's dark secrets.  She never wavered from what she thought was right and continued to fight for the family she loved so much.  

As far as the author goes, she could not have done a better job with this story!  I am so glad that it is part of a series-  but do not worry, this book is a stand alone and there are no cliff hangers!  I can not wait to see how she ties the next story in with this one!  I mean this with the utmost respect and as a total compliment but her style does slightly remind me of Gillian Flynn.  (Think Dark Places or Sharp Object instead of Gone Girl).  I can not wait to see what she has in store for us next!!

Storyline: mysterious, suspenseful
Female Character: Strong
Male Character: Morrow boys = :)  Obsessive Lunatic = :(
Author's Writing Style: well detailed, amazing, can not say enough good things!!
Plot Twists: Perfect, kept me guessing
Laugh Factor: ANGUS!!
Cry Factor: There are a few scenes that got me
Steam factor: none
Violence: a little bit

***ARC Provided by Addison Kline in exchange for an honest review***

5 Stars

Shadow Dancer is an edge of your seat suspense thriller and it is the first novel in the Shadow series by Addison Kline, while it is part of a series it is a stand alone novel. I will admit this book started off a little slow for me but I am so glad I kept with it because it turned out to be absolutely amazing. I couldn't even let the bit of a slow start stop me from giving five stars because the rest of it was just that good! 

I'm not even sure with where to begin because I loved so many things about this book! I suppose I'll start with the plot, this mystery all started with a seemingly innocent school assignment. While the teacher seemed to have dubious intentions with the assignment there was no way to know everything that would happen because of it. Long buried secrets come to light, a young girls life is put in danger, other criminal cases are called into question and an entire family could possibly be torn apart before this story ends. This book seriously had me on the edge of my seat, sweaty palms gripping my kindle and holding my breath at some parts! It starts with small hints about what happened to Tristan's mother but it ends up being a huge scandal including many dangerous situations for Tristan and her family. So obviously the plot was amazing, by the time I hit the halfway point there was no way I could put this book down for even a minute. I didn't care if the house burned down, if my husband was yelling for me or the dog was whining at the door, nothing was stopping me until I finished it! The ending was so freaking amazing I had tears in my eyes. Every member of the Morrow family is simply wonderful, the love and loyalty of that family is something everyone should experience. Tristan's brothers melted my heart and the kids last main scene really brought the whole book together in a truly beautiful way. 

Addison Kline has a writing style that is so unique and I haven't seen anything like it. This book has the feel of a classic, the type of writing you would encounter from one of the many great authors of the past. It was descriptive, detailed and almost poetic, I couldn't even begin to compare her style because it so different from anything out there today. This book is written in the third person with the exception of a few chapters that she added from characters points of view in order to add detailed background or character information. There are chapters from the present and chapters from the past to give the reader the details and insight into two separate cases involving a mother and daughter. The characters in this story are well developed and relate-able, each one adds a special something to this amazing book. I especially loved DiNolfo, the police detective, she was a hard working, kick butt officer who searched for the truth. Tristan was an incredible young woman who was one hell of a fighter, the entire Morrow clan was very special. 

If you are looking for a suspenseful mystery please do yourself a favor and check this book out, it is amazing and so different from the average books out there!

Storyline: Intriguing, suspenseful
Female Character: Stronger than she first seemed
Male Character: no main male really but several good male characters and one psycho!
Author's Writing Style: Terrific, unique, classic
Plot Twists: Nothing too out of the ordinary but the plot was amazing and complex
Laugh Factor: none
Cry Factor: a little teary at the end!
Steam factor: none
Violence: some but nothing really bad

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