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  • Posted October 1, 2013

    This was quite a powerful story and quite hard hitting from the

    This was quite a powerful story and quite hard hitting from the start. It's the story of how childhood innocence that is so cruelly taken away, affected the lives of three 9 year old girls. One eventually became an assistant DA but was constantly haunted by the event and riddled with guilt; one turned into a promiscuous woman who just couldn't settle down and form a relationship; one became alcohol dependent and went in and out of rehab. One thing that never changed was the love and bond these three girls share.
    When the subject of their fear and revulsion re-appears on the scene, they look for the chance of revenge.

    I thought this a thoroughly enjoyable read. I loved how the author had created the bond between the three characters and how she had written them to be such different people, pulled together by a cruel act committed when they were children. The strength that they showed at times then moments of weakness, were very moving.
    It was quite a believable story; how they undertook to take revenge on the person who robbed them of their childhood. When things didn't go the way they planned, you felt their pain and frustration. There is the inclusion in the story of one of the girls using a ouija board, like they did when they were younger, when they sealed their friendship. Some other readers have said this wasn't needed in the book, but I disagree as it includes the ritual of self-harm which so many people inflict upon themselves, to relieve the pain and hurt of a trauma they've endured.

    This was a well written story; full of content and with many twists and turns. It was in no way predictable and I found it hard to put down.

    I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 3, 2013

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    Patricia Hale pens "In The Shadow of Revenge" in a plo

    Patricia Hale pens "In The Shadow of Revenge" in a plot filled with suspense along with many twists and turns. Between the author's characters that were well developed, interesting and unique, and the plot that just captivated me from the very start and had be guessing throughout, this is one book I really had a hard time putting down. Highly recommended for all suspense fans.

    This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

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     For a first book for Patricia Hale, this one was very good!  I

     For a first book for Patricia Hale, this one was very good!  I can't wait to see what she will write in the future.  I liked the bond between Cecily, Hillary and Amelia, and given what they have gone through, it is very understandable and believable.  Something like that either tears you apart or brings you together forever.  

    The story unfolds with us learning more and more about the girls' childhoods and the women they have become today.  You learn how they each have developed coping mechanisms to get them past the memories that haunt them. Cecily seems to bear the most guilt and it is linked to a Ouiji board that they had played with as children.  She has a link to the board which she is sure comes from her deceased Grandmother.  She feels that the answers that she has been given through the board may have been guidance from her Grandmother all along.  

    The more involved Cecily becomes in the investigation concerning the assault from 18 years before, the more danger she finds herself in, and the more muddy the lines between being loyal to friends or being loyal to family become. 

    Again, loved this book - and I loved the touch of paranormal that was thrown in!

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