Author: Maureen A. Miller
Narrator: Brandy Skelly
Length: 7 hours 37 minutes
Series: Blue-Link, Book 1
Publisher: Maureen A. Miller
Released: Feb. 4, 2019
Genre: Romance, Suspense
From USA Today best-selling author Maureen A. Miller comes this romantic thriller that spans the Atlantic.
Sophie Diem’s boss has skipped town, abandoning their counseling firm and taking her investment money with him. As she seeks to rebuild her professional career, she is distressed by the appearance of a stranger. The man keeps to the shadows, but he is definitely stalking her.
In an attempt to flee him, she accepts a job offer…in London. Surely, crossing the Atlantic would be enough to deter her shadow.
Glenn Barber is a desperate man. He sorely wants answers. The man who can supply them has gone missing, though. Now, all Glenn can do is go after the next best thing: the man’s former employee, Sophie Diem.
Sophie is shocked to spot her shadow in London. What she learns is that Glenn, the shadow, is not a stalker but rather her only protection.
As her attraction to Glenn grows, together, they conspire to locate her former boss and stop him before he can harm others.
USA TODAY bestselling author, Maureen A. Miller worked in the software industry for fifteen years. She crawled around plant floors in a hard hat and safety glasses hooking up computers to behemoth manufacturing machines. The job required extensive travel. The best form of escapism during those lengthy airport layovers became writing.
Maureen’s first novel, WIDOW’S TALE, earned her a Golden Heart nomination in Romantic Suspense. After that she became hooked to the genre. In fact, she was so hooked she is the founder of the JUST ROMANTIC SUSPENSE website.
Recently, Maureen branched out into the Young Adult Science Fiction market with the popular BEYOND Series. To her it was still Romantic Suspense…just on another planet!
I studied theatre in college, and even participated in storytelling festivals when I was growing up. I’m a practicing attorney, and love to participate in ACX projects to keep my creative side happy and fulfilled. I can perform fiction and non-fiction, in neutral-American or Southern-American accents.
I live in North Carolina with my husband, toddler, and pound puppy. I have a soft spot for romance and I love a good laugh!
“Jesus, Soph, you look like crap.” Sophie managed a sluggish smile for her best friend. Carolyn Kerr stepped back to let her into the apartment. Unfit to drive after this most recent episode, Sophie opted for the quicker destination. Carolyn lived only two miles from her office. Her own condo was a good ten miles away in Trenton. Dropping down onto the living room couch, Sophie grabbed a throw pillow and hugged it to her stomach. “I think I’m coming down with something,” she mumbled. Carolyn stood in front of the TV with her arms crossed and a blonde eyebrow raised in judgment. “Was it him? Did he approach you again?” Why had her shadow grown to be such an embarrassment? Kind of like an ugly mole. Something she felt necessary to hide. She had done what Carolyn had suggested. She had reported him to the police. It made no difference.
One man on the run. One man looking for answers. One woman trapped between the both of them, shadowed by the consequences of their actions. What would you do if you had someone following you everywhere? Not showing themselves, only staying in the shadows, asking the same thing over and over? Would you think him dangerous? Would you think him psychotic? Would tall, dark and handsome fall into any of those categories? Miller has spun a story around a mystery that takes place within the States, but ends all the way across the Atlantic.
Sophie Diem worked at a counseling firm until two months ago, her boss up and disappearing without a trace. That is right around the time that she obtained a permanent shadow affixed to her ankles, one without a name or a face—at first. Always approaching her and asking odd questions about the whereabouts of her employer, she was frightened to engage in any conversation with him. Coming back time and time again, Sophie’s bravado strengthening as time passed, until his persistence was unavoidable. A burned down storage facility of hers, objects in her apartment moved around, and a major accident landing her in the hospital with a head injury. Finding that her fright is lessening, Sophie finally succumbs to curiosity. Would this man’s tale be worth the fear, the anger, and the irrational thoughts about who he is? Would this man have a good reason for following her all the way to London? More importantly, thinking through her past conversations with her previous boss, can she have more information than she originally knew about? Uncovering secrets can be a dangerous game and Sophie has just started playing.
Miller’s story-line is good and has the ability to be a great story; however, there is an over-indulgence of detail. By over-indulgence, this terminology for the story is referring to “excess adjectives to describe scenes, people and places over the expanse of the story”. The pace is fairly slow and the character development has been well-thought out. Since this review is assessing the audiobook, Skelly’s vocal relay could not have been any farther from the mark. Unfortunately, this narrator did not speak in proper accents, nor did she provide adequate pronunciations for various word choices used throughout the story. Choosing a narrator that fits the “feel” and has the knowledge of terminology within the story is paramount because these factors can make or break the story. This is the first installment within the Blue-Link Series. If you are a reader of Romantic Suspense, you may find reading this book of interest to you.
An audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions and in no way affects the honesty of this review. We provide a three-star rating to Shadow by Maureen A Miller.
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