Shadows

Kristen Proby
Shadows
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Publisher
Ampersand Publishing
Release Date
October 2019
Series
Book 1 of Bayou Magic
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Paranormal Romance, Paranormal with Romantic Elements, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
I am never alone. Not even when I am alone.
I see the unquiet dead, the souls that wander through the French Quarter.
They can't move on, and I can't stop seeing them.
I wear malachite for protection, and I control what I let in. It's the only way to stay sane. Everything changes the day Cassian Winslow joins my ghost walking tour and knocks my world off its axis with green eyes the color of the stone around my neck.
An unspeakable evil is loose in New Orleans, taking young women and leaving a bloodbath in his wake. More shadows lurking for me. More unhappy dead. There might be a way to stop it.
Open myself up to Cassian.
If I do, it could spell his death.
But if I don't, it's mine.

Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Dec 22, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
23 people found the following review helpful
In the bayou of New Orleans (a place that certainly lends credibility to the paranormal plot), three sisters gifted with paranormal abilities are suddenly thrust into a fight for their survival when things happening in the physical plane start mirroring what happens in the paranormal plane. If the story begins with a seemingly harmless ghost walking tour and an near-instant connection between Brielle and Cash, it ends with a creepy suggestion that there is more than just the present life that stalks these characters and that much had already gotten me wanting the rest of the series.

Brielle and Cash's relationship is angst-free and easy; the road bumps they face aren't in the developing relationship itself, but in the obstacles they face in keeping Brielle alive. There are spooky bits to keep you wide-eyed, insane twists that keep the story going just when you think it's over and lots of heart-racing thrills to haunt you out of a peaceful night's sleep way past the last page.

SHADOWS is quite a departure from what I've expected of Kristen Proby's books and it's a change that surprised me--and not a bad one either, given how quickly I inhaled the paranormal elements and the things that quite literally went bump in the night. The combination of suspense and the paranormal isn't new, but Ms. Proby might have stumbled into a winning one here.
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