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Shadow Woman (edition 2013)

by Linda Howard

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Title:Shadow Woman
Authors:Linda Howard
Info:Thorndike Press (2013), Edition: Lrg, Hardcover, 292 pages
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While I was a little disappointed in the lack of romance I found myself completely involved in Lizzy's newly discovered memories. The more she remembered the more I enjoyed her.

What Worked: The prologue did an excellent job of opening up the book and setting a nice pace for the book. Although political intrigues do not interest me much I was pleasantly surprised that even though the setting is Washington DC and the prologue has the president and first lady in it, the book itself is not about politics but about Lizzy who is trying to figure out why she is missing 2 years worth of memories.

As Lizzy remembers more and more it becomes evident that she is a woman who can certainly take care of herself. In addition the scenes depicting Xavier make him as interesting if not more so than Lizzy herself.

Although the book does tend to lag while Lizzy works out her memory loss once the book got to the half way mark it was no holds bar and took off like a shot. We have multiple teams sent in to kill our heroine and hero and we have a couple secondary characters that could be the bad guys but maybe not. For all Lizzy knows she is actually a bad guy herself.

What Didn't Work: The prologue set a nice pace but the book came almost to a screeching halt while Lizzy battled with physical ailments to her returning memory. So the first half of the book's pacing was just slow, interesting, but slow.

The book also had a serious lack of romance. Sure there was sex but the characters weren't even together through most of the book and Lizzy's memories are so spotty that it was hard to accept Lizzy and Xavier's romance. This book would have worked just as well without the romantic element to it.

Carrying on that train of thought, the lack of interaction between the characters worked against the book. Since they were not together at all through the first 3/4 of the book I'd expect that they would spend the last quarter of the book together conquering evil or whatever. Yet, this is not what happens and we find the couple separated once again (although briefly) while Xavier goes about his super secret self appointed missions regarding Al and Felice.

Another thing that comes up a bit murky as how Lizzy's memory was wiped. The book mentions chemically altering memories but it does not explain the procedure only that Lizzy was the third person to have it done.

In a Nutshell: Howard did manage to keep my interest throughout the book because I really liked Lizzy and her change from a mousy girl to a kick butt woman. I was intrigued by Xavier also but wished he would have had more interaction with Lizzy. However, a believable romantic storyline would have been nice.

3.5 Stars ( )
  ChristinaT. | Dec 3, 2016 |
Two years were gone from her life. The face she saw in the mirror wasn't hers. There was a wall in the brain and trying to remember caused incredible pain. Lizette knew that she was, had been more than this dull half creature that she barely recognized. Someone else knew she was starting to remember and wanted, needed to stop her. Someone else knew she was starting to remember and wanted, need to protect her. The question was which ones would suceed first? Really liked this book. it moved right along and even though I had partially figured it out by page 50, it still was a page turner. ( )
  Carol420 | May 31, 2016 |
Linda Howard has written another story that unfolds quickly, hooking the reader from the start and keeping them engaged with a fast plot, a fantastical mystery, and lots of danger. It reminded me a bit of Midnight Rainbow (Kell Sabin, #1) in that regard, even though the plots aren't that similar.

I was trying to figure out who Liz really was from the moment she looks in the mirror and doesn't recognize her own face. She struggles to dig into her memories, fighting the physical pain that comes along with them, and soon discovers that two years of her life are a complete blank. Strange ideas begin to pop into her thoughts and she becomes suspicious of the people around her. She begins to rely on survival skills she doesn't remember having. Is she going crazy? Is someone watching her, or is she just paranoid? And who is the man invading her dreams every night? I really enjoyed seeing her put her smarts to work as she questioned her situation and implemented a plan of action.

Xavier was a fantastic hero! I kept cheering him on and when he finally caught up with Liz, the fireworks were great! I did have to suspend belief at a few points, some things took more effort than others, especially when Xavier explains the missing details to Liz. It's the only thing keeping this book from five stars. In the end I just went with it and really enjoyed the story.
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  Becky_McKenna | Mar 10, 2016 |
Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn't recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else's. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.
  pallwardt | Dec 27, 2015 |
Typically good Linda Howard book. Lizette wakes up and doesn't recognize herself and her world starts falling apart. Good mystery trying to unravel why people are after her. Xavier is the hero. ( )
  afarrington | Jul 17, 2015 |
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Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else’s. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.

Strange memories soon begin to surface and, along with them, some unusual skills and talents that Lizette hasn’t a clue about acquiring. Sensing that she’s being monitored, Lizette suddenly knows how to search for bugs in her house and tracking devices in her car. What’s more, she can elude surveillance—like a trained agent.

Enter a mysterious and seductive stranger named Xavier, who claims he wants to help—but who triggers disturbing images of an unspeakable crime of which Lizette may or may not be the perpetrator. With memories returning, she suddenly becomes a target of anonymous assassins. On the run with nowhere to hide, Lizette has no choice but to rely on Xavier, a strong and magnetic man she doesn’t trust, with a powerful attraction she cannot resist. As murky waters become clear, Lizette confronts a conspiracy that is treacherous and far-reaching and a truth that, once revealed, may silence her and Xavier once and for all.
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Lizette Henry, possessing unusual detection skills but struggling with a memory disorder, accepts help from the mysterious and seductive Xavier--a stranger who triggers disturbing images of an unspeakable crime of which Lizette may or may not be the perpetrator.… (more)

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