Rory Miller is forced to go into the witness protection program after she is attacked in her hometown. Taking her father and reluctant older sister, Darcy with her they settle in Juniper Landing. This quaint island town is full of chill-but-odd locals, no cell phone service and so far removed from everything going on across the water that it seems to be just what Rory and her family need to get away from the serial killer that’s hunting her. That is until people around her start disappearing again and she swears that she keeps feeling like the mad man is around.
Wow. What a ride this book was. Right from the get-go, the story jumps into the action and doesn’t let up until the very end. Brian keeps readers on the edge of their seat, the entire time wondering what was going on. I must have gone through so many theories about the bizarre islanders and the mental state of Rory. The suspicions were ramped up with the events that unfold and Rory’s confusion matched my own.
The antics coming from Darcy were ridiculously irritating to get through though. Understanding that it’s part of the story, and I’m not begrudging the author of this whatsoever. I was just really annoyed at the “sisterly” relationship between Rory & Darcy. Given their circumstances, the older sister’s behaviour towards her younger sister was selfish and downright bratty.
I love a good creepy mystery and Shadowlands definitely delivers. Brian has established such a fantastic premise and despite Goodreads listing it as a “#1”, I do hope this is just a standalone novel. I strongly don’t believe a sequel will have the same strong effect as this one has.