Secrets in the Shadows – Hannah Emery

Secrets in the Shadows CoverFormat: E-Book (Kindle)
Publisher: Harper Impulse
Published: 20th March 2014
Pages: 308 Pages

The Blurb
In 1920s Blackpool, eleven year old Rose wanders away from her parents and has a unique gift bestowed upon her. This gift will leave a haunting legacy, seeping down through the generations…

Decades later, Louisa has a vision of her mother walking into the sea. This isn’t the first time it happens and it won’t be the last, but what she sees isn’t always what she wants. The rest of her life is spent trying to change the future that haunts her.

In present day Blackpool, Grace is going to be married someday. She knows this because she’s seen it; a vision of a white dress, daisies embroidered on the sleeves, the groom by her side, vowing to love her forever. Except the man in her premonition doesn’t belong to her- he belongs to her twin sister, Elsie.

Haunted by what they know and what they are afraid to find out, all three women must make a choice: in the face of certain destiny should you chase the outcome that’s “meant to be”, or throw away fate and choose your own future?

Rating: 5/5

The Review
Thank you to Hannah for sending me a copy of ‘Secret in the Shadows’ to read and review.

The best word I can use to describe ‘Secret in the Shadows’ is ‘wow’ – it was simply amazing. For me it was nice to read something different that engaged my brain! Hannah deserves so much praise as it’s written beautifully, it’s original and it’s definitely clever.

The story is told through the eyes of three different women who are all from the same family. Each has their own story to tell and they’re told at different times of life. The women are Rose, Louisa and Grace. There is also a few brief POV’s from Noel, a character that is important to both Louisa and Grace.

Although all three stories are linked in one way another you don’t get confused and you can easily piece certain elements together.

The ladies seem to hold physic powers and see visions that sometimes tell them how their lives are going to end up. Personally, I felt they all seemed to rely too much on what the visions told them and they needed to just go with the flow and not worry before it was too late. I’m sure we have all done it though – treated advice and information as gosble. You did feel sorry for them most of the time because I couldn’t imagine living with something like that.

I loved how Grace and her twin sister Elsie owned a book shop because I’ve always wanted to do that. Even though they didn’t always see eye to eye they secretly loved running the shop together. I’m sure all you book bloggers would love to do the same, huh?

I know I repeat myself with the same line in some of reviews but I was so happy that you couldn’t predict what was going to happen. I sat there on several occasions going ‘oh, I didn’t expect that’ and I actually wanted to finish because I needed to know what happened.

‘Secrets in the Shadows’ should be added to your TBR lists NOW!

You can purchase ‘Secrets in the Shadows’ on Amazon UK, Amazon US and in Paperback.

Find out more about Hannah at her website and on Twitter @hannahcemery

Published by Clare

Book lover, tea drinker and sushi fiend!

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