Author: 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 with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as 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. But 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?
READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. IN THE IMMORTAL WORDS OF RIVER SONG, “SPOILERS!”
After reading the summary, I was so excited to read it. After the past couple of Body Finder novels let me down, I’ve been excited to find a book where there was a serial killer stalking someone. I love thrillers and horrors and this seemed like the perfect thing for me. And it didn’t disappoint! I give it a 4/5 because I want gore xD. I’m weird like that, but I love the macabre.
Rory Miller is a average science geek on her way home through a shortcut in the woods after school when she is attacked. By her teacher. She barely escapes with her life, running out in front of a vehicle after running in horror the minute she gets loose. Turns out her teacher, Steven Nell, is really Roger Krauss, a serial killer who has been evading the police for over a decade while murdering 14 girls. The only girl before Rory who ever escaped was found slaughtered a couple of days later along with the rest of her family.
Even through 24/7 surveillance, a week passes and Rory finds a threatening note and a blood red rose on her bed. The only safe choice is to be whisked away to a safe house where he can’t find her. Rory, along with her sister Darcy and her dad are sent to live on a small remote island, Juniper Landing, where there’s no wifi or phone signals to be found. No newspapers. No news channels. No mail. Not to mention the islanders are secretive and suspicious. Rory starts questioning everything.
Steven Nell, the creepster genius that he is, has found her…
I had my suspicions during the book and the end confirmed it. It was a really good read if you pick up on the clues.
I want to talk about the ending, but I don’t want to ruin it at all, so definitely go pick it up. It all falls into place and makes total sense in the end what you find out about this mysterious island.
Shadowlands is full of mystery, twists and plot turns that you will keep you guessing until the very last page. I still have questions and I can’t wait to read the next book in this series.