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Shadowlands 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?

I expected Shadowlands to be a lot of things, first because of the serial killer angle and then because of the glamorous lifestyle of the teens at Juniper Landing, but Brian still managed to completely take me by surprise. I think what probably surprised me the most was how deeply psychological this novel is; there is a fair amount of action, but it is not always immediately clear if it's real, in Rory's head, or a combination of both. This is a book that you need to think about after you've finished it, because the twist at the end will make you want to reevaluate the entire story you just read. Needless to say, I am so excited to get my hands on a copy of its upcoming sequel, Hereafter.

Rating: 4.25

Review copy from Disney Hyperion

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