Shadowlands (Shadowlands #1) by Kate Brian

Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection program. Entering the program alongside her, is her father and sister Darcy. The trio starts a new life and a new beginning leaving their friends and family behind without a goodbye. 

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. Just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?


Shadowlands started off brilliant with an intense, action packed, thrilling scene of a serial killer stalking and attacking the main character, high schooler, Rory Miller. Luckily, she survives, but then things get questionable. Rather than protecting the family, the police make them super vulnerable to another attack. In addition to following other idiotic orders, Rory’s family are instructed to drive themselves to a new isolated town, and to use a different last name (but hey, keep your first names). Rory soon discovers weird happenings in the town (fog, bracelets, disappearing people, etc.) but only makes a half-hearted attempt at getting answers (partying is more important). Flashbacks and lengthy dreams are thrown in to make things more confusing for the reader. The truth is only revealed in the last sentence, and now I feel cheated and left with sooooo many questions. Criticism aside, it was a quick, thrilling, page turner of a book. Unfortunately, the frustrating ending has completely colored my thoughts on Shadowlands. For those interested in continuing Rory’s story, the series continues with Hereafter (published October, 2013). 

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