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Chasing Shadows

Chasing Shadows

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by Karen Harper

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The dead still talk if you know how to listen… 

Every case that Claire Britten cracks is a win, not only professionally but personally. The forensic psychologist has spent a lifetime fighting a neurological disorder, and her ability to conquer it is a testament to her razor-sharp intuition. 

Nick Markwood is used to winning


The dead still talk if you know how to listen… 

Every case that Claire Britten cracks is a win, not only professionally but personally. The forensic psychologist has spent a lifetime fighting a neurological disorder, and her ability to conquer it is a testament to her razor-sharp intuition. 

Nick Markwood is used to winning in the courtroom, so when his latest case is overthrown by Claire's expert testimony, he can't help being impressed by her skill. He needs her on the team of his passion project—investigating unusual cases involving mysterious deaths. Her condition doesn't deter him, and neither does the attraction that sparks between them…even if it should. 

As they join forces to investigate a murder in St. Augustine, Florida, Claire is thrust into a situation far more dangerous than she'd anticipated, pushing her disorder to a breaking point. Just when she fears she can't trust her own mind, she discovers Nick's personal connection to the case—and wonders whether she can trust anyone at all.

Editorial Reviews

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"It's a story that will keep you on your toes, as author Karen Harper keeps the action and mystery going at full throttle right up to the very last chapter."—Suspense Magazine

"A compelling story... [I]ntricate and fascinating."-Tami Hoag, New York Times bestselling author, on Dark Road Home

"Haunting suspense, tender romance... Dark Angel is simply riveting!"-Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author

"Harper, a master of suspense, keeps readers guessing about crime and love until the very end...of this thrilling tale."-Booklist on Fall from Pride (starred review)

"The thrilling finish takes a twist that most readers won't see coming. While intrigue is the main driver of the story, the able, well-researched plotting and sympathetic characters will keep romance readers along for the ride."-Publishers Weekly on Broken Bonds

"A tale guaranteed to bring shivers to the spine, Down River will delight Harper's current fans and earn her many more."-Booklist (starred review)

"Well-researched and rich in detail... With its tantalizing buildup and well-developed characters, this offering is certain to earn Harper high marks."-Publishers Weekly on Dark Angel, winner of the 2005 Mary Higgins Clark Award

Library Journal
Intent on getting her fledgling firm, Clear Path, off the ground, Florida-based certified fraud examiner, forensic psychologist, and single mom Claire Britten can't resist an offer from high-powered attorney Nick Markwood. Nick needs to sort out a possible murder, even though it means being 300 miles from home on an isolated estate near St. Augustine while still healing from a bullet wound. Enchanting and mysterious, tree-shrouded Shadowlawn is aptly named, and with its ghosts, legends, and unexplained happenings, this thriller has a definite gothic vibe. A colorful assortment of characters (including a watchful ex-husband), vivid descriptions, and a sensitive, informed discussion of the debilitating disease narcolepsy add realism and depth to a story that is as chilling as it is complex. A hard-driving, superobservant heroine and an attorney on a dangerous mission fight their growing attraction as they bring a killer to heel. VERDICT This fascinating tale is more suspense than romance, but is will attract fans of both. A surprise cliff-hanger will leave fans eager for the next in the series, Drowning Tides. Harper (The Royal Nanny) divides her time between Columbus, OH, and Naples, FL.

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Meet the Author

Karen Harper is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of romantic suspense. A former Ohio State University English instructor, she now writes full time. Harper is the winner of The Mary Higgins Clark Award for her novel, DARK ANGEL. She also writes historical novels set in Tudor England.  Please visit or write her at her website at  www.KarenHarperAuthor.com

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Chasing Shadows 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadYourWrites 3 months ago
I have read an endless amount of romantic suspense books and they generally follow the same script. In the case of Chasing Shadows, things are a little different. The heroine, Claire Britten suffers from a neurological condition that plays a major role in how she performs her job as a Certified Fraud Examiner and Forensic Psychologist. Claire has kept her condition a secret from virtually everyone that she knows except her sister. This secret ultimately led to the end of her marriage. Claire’s testimony in a high profile case garners the attention of a hot shot attorney named Nick Markwood who retains Claire’s services to help clear the name of an old flame that has been accused of killing her mother. However, Nick is also secretly trying to locate the man who he believes killed his father and made it look like a suicide. Nick has even created his own foundation that investigates suicides that may have actually been murder. I liked almost everything about Chasing Shadows. The suspense was dominant throughout the entire book. It wasn’t until the very end that the murderer was revealed. And, I can’t say that it was easy to figure it out. There was a large list of possible suspects and Karen Harper did a great job of giving everyone a motive that was reasonable. More importantly, the suspects all had their own little quirks that made you believe that they were capable of killing someone. On the other hand, it was just as interesting to watch Nick and Claire grow closer together as they attempted to solve the murder while attempting to ward off attacks from possible outside sources that may be more related to Nick’s own crusade as opposed to this case. This created some life-threatening moments for both of them. I felt as if Chasing Shadows was just as educational as it was suspenseful. I was intrigued to learn about how Claire’s condition was treated and how much it affected her personal and professional life. Kudos to the author for bringing attention to a very real affliction that doesn’t get talked about much. Be advised that the book does end in a cliffhanger so you will need to be committed to this series for the long haul. **Received a copy from the publisher and voluntarily reviewed.**
MaureenST 7 months ago
If you enjoy a story with non-stop action, this is surely the book for you, there is constantly something happening and you will never know who is the next victim. Claire Britten has started her own forensic psychologist agency, and after winning a case, and riding a high, she is offered a job she cannot refuse. She doesn’t like leaving her precocious preschool daughter, but the money is very good and it will help her career, what she doesn’t expect is a bit of romance. This story is going to keep you guess, and once you make up your mind, you are probably wrong. Will Claire be able to help Nick and be able to prove his client innocent, or will she be the catalyst to proving her guilty? A book that constantly had me on my toes, and had my heart in my throat, and the action happens right up to the last page, and yes there is another book to come, but not fast enough. I received this book through Net Galley and Harlequin Publishing, and was not required to give a positive review.