Amy Briant is a native Californian and a graduate of Cottey College. She grew up in a part of San Diego called Point Loma, which greatly resembles Shadow Point except for the malevolent phantom. This is her first novel. When she's not writing, she's reading a mystery, playing the piano or off to the beach.
Shadow Pointby Amy Briant
Madison McPeake, not in the best mood most of the time, has just been not-quite fired, told her brother is dead, discovered she’s responsible for a five-year old niece she’s never met and realized she has to go all the way to San Diego to see to her brother's
It wasn’t easy getting to Shadow Point. Turns out it’s even harder to leave.
Madison McPeake, not in the best mood most of the time, has just been not-quite fired, told her brother is dead, discovered she’s responsible for a five-year old niece she’s never met and realized she has to go all the way to San Diego to see to her brother's affairs.
Isolated from the world by geography and a navy base bristling with security, Shadow Point is scarcely habitable—at least Madison thinks so. Coping with the living conditions while getting to know her niece is a daily challenge. Things gets easier when the next-door neighbor, Dr. Alice Piper, seems as eager to share smoldering glances as Madison is. But something’s not right and Madison’s questions about her brother’s death go unanswered.
Madison’s not sure if unnerving events are actually subtle warnings to stop her inquiries. The sexy, alluring Pipe doesn’t seem to think anything’s amiss, which only compounds Madison’s fears. And every time she makes up her mind to pack up her niece and go, it's as if someone—or something—has decided she should stay.
Debut writer Amy Briant has crafted a heroine with more vices than graces in Madison McPeake, who narrates the mystery and passion—and hair-raising surprises— of Shadow Point.
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Amy Briant has crafted a very successful suspense story. The tension builds gradually during the story and quickly creates the impression that something very dark is lurking just off the page and the reader can definitely feel it. When Madison says the hairs on her neck are standing up, so will the reader's. Her rising fear will infect the reader as the story progresses. Briant also captures Madison's confusion very well as she tries to deal with a child, whatever is going on at Shadow Point and her increasing feelings for Pipe. Her conflict between wanting to run for her life and being strong for Katie gives the character depth. The weaknesses in the book are probably due to a new writer who is still developing her skill. The relationship between the women develops too quickly and the book. The fear factor through the book should have made for a much more daring ending. Shadow Point is a very good debut novel for Amy Briant. It's a good example of how to build a story without rushing to the major points. For those who love a spooky story, this one is worth reading.