Thursday, September 12, 2013

Review: In the Shadow of Revenge by Patricia Hale

In the Shadow of Revenge
by Patricia Hale

Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 203
Format: ebook
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Everybody thought brilliant Cecily would leave dead-end Miller's Falls for something better. But a two-decades-old tragedy locks her in place. Few understand the fierce bond that Cecily and Amelia share with Hilary, who was assaulted one summer as the two other girls watched helplessly. It's a bond of love and guilt…and a desire for vengeance that cuts clear to the bone.

So Assistant DA Cecily Minos waits, eager to see the guy in her courtroom. When Amelia meets a man who has the tattoo the girls remember seeing that day, they think they've finally caught a break. But the police refuse to reopen the case, and it's up to Cecily and Amelia to pursue their suspect.

Their investigation soon uncovers secrets best left buried. But the law is slow, and they've waited long enough for revenge….

Kritters Thoughts:  A small town, a cold case and three friends who haven't been able to leave the small town or the past behind.  Cecily, Amelia and Hilary have been friends since a young age and at the tender age of 9 endured a horrific day that left them all scared and they have all been barely coping until the past comes back to haunt them.

From the beginning I was entranced by these three friends who were linked together through this horrible thing and each trying to cope.  I was glad to see Cecily take the lead and try to solve it so they could all move on, but the use of the Ouija board was just a little weird; sure I played with it as a teenager, but to whip it out again just seemed odd.  It would have been more interesting to have her "powers" come from something different and unique to their friendship.  The twists and turns were fantastic and not out of left field.  

An absolutely quick and heart stopping read that had me flipping on my iphone from the beginning to the very end.  I will definitely be keeping my eye out for the future of this author.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 60 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Partners in Crime Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. Superb review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book.

  2. Thanks so much for your review of my book, In the Shadow of Revenge. Glad you liked it. More to come..

  3. I enjoyed this book.


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