Shadowlands by Kate Brian

SLRory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived… and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

Source:  borrowed from library

Story Breakdown:

After being attacked by a notorious serial killer and escaping alive Rory must leave her life as she knows it behind and start over with her father and sister in witness protection until the killer is caught and put away.  Once set up in their new life Rory and Darcy start to make new friends.  New friends that have strange habits.  Then when one goes missing things start to not add up and Rory must figure out what is going on and figure out for herself what is happening.

Character Highlights:

Rory – Seemed like she was the only member in her family with any common sense.  I give her credit for not backing down and actually voicing opinions and stepping up when she is worried about someone but at time she pushed too much.  She should have known when she was starting to come off crazy and taken a step back.

Darcy – Rory’s sister and to be blunt a royal pain in the butt.  It amazes me how self-absorbed people (or characters, LOL) can be.  I was not her fan at any point in the book.

Steven – Now I realize this is the serial killer that is after Rory and its morbid to say this. . .but I wish we could have seen more of him.  There aren’t many YA books out there that touch on serial killers but when I find a story with one in them it definitely kicks things up notch.

Overall Thoughts:  This one kept me guessing like the blurbs said, but to me all of the guessing (I finally started to catch on a little over halfway in) and build up for the ending was a let down.  While I enjoyed the story the ending was rushed after all of it and I wanted more closure than that.  Thankfully there is another book so I will hopefully get some of those answers.  This one is worth the read if you are looking for a quick book that will keep you turning the pages.

3/5

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