Synopsis from Penguin Random House:
A pregnant young woman becomes obsessed with the disappearance of her lover’s wife, only to discover that she may be headed for the same fate, in this novel from New York Times bestselling author Kristin Miller
When secretary Colleen Roper becomes pregnant by her boss, Michael, he whisks her away to Ravenwood, his opulent estate. Abruptly thrust into a life of luxury she’s never known, Colleen finds the immense house suffused with the memory of Michael’s wife, Joanna, who left months ago and haunts her imagination. With rooms she’s prohibited from entering and a staff that greets her with hostility, there is little room for a new mistress of Ravenwood.
It’s not long before bones are unearthed in the grove across the street and Michael falls under the suspicion of detectives. The soon-to-be mother of his child finds herself hurled deeper into her lover’s dark past, a past filled with unfaithfulness and deception. Making a claim to her new life is harder than it seems—especially since she’s walking in the shadow of the hauntingly beautiful Joanna. As Colleen untangles truth from lies, she discovers that nothing is what it seems, and that some people will kill to keep their secrets as quiet as the dead.
Inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca, In Her Shadow is the chilling story of one woman’s desperate desire to be loved and the ghosts that threaten to get in her way.
About: In Her Shadow is a thriller written by Kristin Miller. It will be published on 4/21/2020 by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 368 pages. The genres are women’s fiction, suspense, and thriller. According to the publisher’s website, “Ballantine Books was established in 1952 by the legendary paperback pioneers Ian and Betty Ballantine, publishing original works of both award-winning fiction and nonfiction in both hardcover and paperback formats under one umbrella, including such bestselling novelists as Jodi Picoult, Emily Giffin, Debbie Macomber, Jonathan Kellerman, Tess Gerritsen, Justin Cronin, etc.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading In Her Shadow on 2/14/2020 and finished it on 3/12/2020. I fall sick while reading this book and had to stop so I could get treatment. Nevertheless, this book is an excellent read. The organization is different from what I’m used to but I like that the read is fast paced. It seems obvious who the killer is the entire read and I wait for a twist to come. That twist doesn’t come until the end and it’s sure worth the wait. I didn’t expect something like that and absolutely loved it. I like Rachael’s view. Her thoughts are no-nonsense. I didn’t like Colleen’s view the entire read because she’s so naive. But her character is well played.
This book started with a prologue told in the first person point of view following Colleen as she feared for her life. Then the story began with Colleen, told by timeline, one week until her death as she toured Michael’s mansion out in a secluded area. Michael, Colleen’s former boss and the father of her unborn baby, invited her to move in with him now that she’s 5 months pregnant. She knew Michael has a wife and that the wife disappeared but didn’t press for more details because she knew Michael is a private person. The second view is Michael. Michael claimed that his wife, Joanna left him and broke up with him via text 6 months ago. The third view is Rachael, Michael’s neighbor. Her husband works for Michael. She also likes to gossip. The fourth view is Detective Shaw. He’s investigating a mystery death found across the street from Michael’s home.
In Her Shadow is well written and one of a kind read. Knowing the main character will die and then following her view of her days leading up to it is suspenseful. Her days though seems dull most times but the tension with Michael and other characters along with the memories of Joanna makes readers want to flip the pages. Detective Shaw sounds like a great husband. Again, I love reading thrillers when I couldn’t guess who the killer is and this is another book I couldn’t guess. I recommend everyone to read this story!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, suspense, lies,
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Kristin Miller is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than thirty novels. After writing dark and gritty versions of “happily ever after” for more than a decade, she turned her hand to psychological suspense, a genre she’s loved since childhood. She lives in Northern California with her husband and two children. (Photo and info obtained from Penguin’s website).