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Shadow Sanctuary (Republished as SHADOW LOVE)

by Inge H. Borg

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Disclaimer: Baby spoiler.

Besides the description of the perfect nails, manicured nails, and outfits that match, I kept yearning for a real physical connection in relation to Monika's attractiveness that kept being mentioned throughout the story.

Did she have captivating eyes? Did she keep her figure looking well? Could you look at her and not be able to tell she was in her fifties? How would I be able to know if she had the ambiance of Angela Bassett like in "Stella Got Her Groove Back?" Nothing really said that to me.

Being idle gives her too much time to reflect on the misadventures in love that have befallen her with only her feline companion to soften the blow. All of this is somewhat manageable until tragedy strikes her feline; she sinks into an emotional stupor that is only numbed with her increased consumption of alcohol. The insertion of this element in the story causes the reader to take a closer look at Monika and her behavior. The initial meeting that she had with Jack; did it actually happen or was it a crack in the foundation of the actual and the beginning of building her own world?

This has the components of a good psychological ride, but there are some factors that can make it increasingly smoother.

One is the pacing of the story, which started very smooth at first, then it seemed to stall a bit towards the middle, as if the writer was battling which direction to go in the story, followed by it speeding up towards the end.

In addition, I yearned for more connectivity involving some of the major as well as supporting players in the story. One example is the ultimate importance of Jack MacGreedy. He was mentioned as if he proved to be a pivotal role in the story. I expected more instances of him (via her shadow world) in his potential role as the hero from her suffering yet RJ the ranger was mentioned more extensively, as if he were the savior as opposed to Jack, yet there was an aura of distrust from the other characters (Laura and Joe) that didn't really get full spotlight.
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