Saturday, May 18, 2013

Out of the Shadow: Review

Out of the Shadow
Out of the Shadow
Author: J.S. Winn
Publisher: Creative Writing
Pages: 239


Out of the Shadow tells the story of two women drawn together in the present to uncover a crime from the past

Having survived a rape and her husband's murder, all Becca Rosen wants to do is move on with her life, but how can she when she's being stalked by a psychopath with an attitude---and an agenda. The police are no help because they're convinced, with her history of mental illness, Becca has faked the rape to get away with her husband's murder. On top of that, Becca has begun to have flashbacks and nightmares of childhood abuse, possibly at the hands of the rapist. Not knowing where to turn, and feeling like she might go crazy again, Becca hires Psychologist, Sarah Abrams, to help her unearth who's behind the crimes of the past...and the present.

Three men come into Becca's life around the same time. While each of these men has his charms, Becca can't be certain whether any one of them is the real killer. Or could it be someone else? Together Becca and Sarah start on a course of hypnotherapy to discover the abuser's identity. Will their work reveal the real killer before it's too late, or will Becca once again fall prey to this demented criminal. (Goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This is the first book that I have read by this author and I was impressed. I really enjoyed that the story was told from the therapists point of view, that made it very interesting. Things were revealed slowly allowing for mystery and intrigue.

Becca is raped and finds her husband murdered. There is somebody after her but she seems to be the only one on the suspect list. She gets frustrated when the police can't and won't help her. How will she stay safe when there is nobody to help protect her? Why do all the clues lead back to her? Is this a highly intelligent psychopath or has she truly gone crazy?

Becca goes to a therapist and finds out that she has repressed some traumatic childhood memories. Bringing out these memories will be painful but they could just unravel this mystery, hopefully before it's too late.

This book kept me guessing until close to the end. I kept going back and forth on who I thought the "bad guy" was. I figured out who the psycho was but the ending still surprised me! It was definitely a thriller. Check this one out.

*I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


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