Book Review for THE SHADOW WRITER by Eliza Maxwell

THE SHADOW WRITER by Eliza Maxwell
Lake Union Publishing
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My Highly Caffeinated Thought: A smart, dark, and twisted tale packed with emotion, multi-faceted characters, and the consequences of one decision many years before.

Having read Maxwell’s previous book, THE WIDOW’S WATCHER, I knew I was going to enjoy settling into her next. However, I didn’t expect to be blown away by the dark twists and turns this story gave me. The author seriously upped her game with THE SHADOW WRITER. 


What I love about Maxwell’s novels is her writing. She can weave into a thrilling tale the core of who the people we meet are as well as glimpses of where the story will go. When I say this, I mean that the author doesn’t sacrifice her characters for the sake of the suspense. There is always an undercurrent of humanity and interpersonal relationships which enrich the characters as well as the plot.

THE SHADOW WRITER is one of my favorite books so far this year. The complexity of the characters, the fast-paced nature of the story, and the undeniable darkness all add to a truly thrilling read. Honestly, I am still thinking about this one and highly recommend it to anyone who likes a well-crafted book filled with duplicity and murder. 

Reviewer Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. HOWEVER...I just bought the eBook version of this book, because I loved it so much!

Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others.

Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.

Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.

As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.

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About the Author: Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Widow’s Watcher, The Unremembered Girl, The Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British-cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.

Book Details:

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (May 1, 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1542043492
ISBN-13: 978-1542043496

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