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Shadowlands (Shadowlands Series #1)

Shadowlands (Shadowlands Series #1)

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by Kate Brian, Amy Rubinate (Read by)

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Rory 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


Rory 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?

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Publishers Weekly
After a serial killer attacks Rory Miller, the teenager and her family flee to an out-of-state FBI safe house in the nerve-racking first book in a trilogy from Brian (the Private series). Their destination, Juniper Landing, may not be as idyllic as it seems: the fog-soaked island town lacks phone and Internet service, and a group of powerful young locals is overly focused on Rory. Residents are untroubled when people mysteriously disappear; stranger still, Rory’s older sister can’t remember them after they are gone. Interstitial chapters, told from the murderer’s point of view, reveal that he remains committed to finishing his job (“He’d tasted her fear again, so sweet and salty.... The possibility was almost too much to bear”). The killer (who posed as Rory’s math teacher) is truly frightening, and readers will be haunted by his interludes and by the chilling evidence of his stalking. In contrast, the mystery of Juniper Landing itself is less of a thrill; questions will remain even when the truth is revealed, awaiting exploration in the later books. An Alloy Entertainment property. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, the Gernert Company. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
Mr. Nell, the math teacher, is one of those teachers that tries to connect with their students. He has taken a special interest in Rory Miller. She is such a quiet girl, troubled over her mother's death from cancer. She runs track and is a good student, but she has pulled away and retreated into herself. That is why he has singled her out. She has such beautiful blonde hair. That is what makes this one special. She will be number fifteen. Rory is a fighter though and when he jumps her in the woods as she takes a short cut home she gets away and is lucky enough to flag down her sister's ex, Christopher as he drives past. Once home she is greeted by police, flashing lights and FBI Agent Sharon Messenger. Steven Nell, is also known as Roger Krauss. He has murdered fourteen girls in ten states. He is diligent and does not give up once he has singled out a girl. They are worried that he will continue to track her down and finish the job, so they suggest a safe house for her father, older sister, Darcy, and herself. Only Darcy does not want to hide away, she is getting ready to attend parties and to graduate from high school. Rory does not mind locking herself away, she is more comfortable around her science projects. They find themselves in a quaint oceanside town called Juniper Landing where everything is topsy turvy in a perfect little way. Rory's family is finally getting close again, but her dreams are violent and seem very real. This story has you in its grips from the very beginning and does not let you go until the very last page. A surprise ending catches you off guard and may make you reread the beginning to see where everything all changed. I enjoyed every page of this thriller. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Rebecca Moore
The good news: Rory Miller survived a serial killer attack. The bad news: the killer will not stop until she is dead. Knowing this, the police send Rory, her emotionally distant father, and her older sister Darcy into Witness Protection. Their refuge, Juniper Landing, is an island vacation community with no cell or wireless service. It has plenty of attractive teens, though, and party-hungry Darcy quickly hooks up with them. They welcome Rory too, seeming oddly eager to embrace her, but she cannot quite trust them. She also cannot shake her terrifying nightmares and the equally terrifying feeling that the killer has followed her--and is leaving clues to let her know. Then, people start disappearing, and only Rory seems to notice--or care. What is really going on in Juniper Landing? This suspenseful thriller feels like two different books. The first, heart-pounding part will keep readers on the edges of their seats as Rory fights off and flees certain death. The second part, in Juniper Landing, embraces a different kind of suspense. Something odd is going on, despite the community’s outer normality, and readers will keep turning pages until they learn the truth. Whether readers will understand that truth, however, is debatable, as many questions remain frustratingly unanswered at the end. Still, readers will enjoy the ride, and Rory is a sympathetic character, even if most others remain fairly stock. Due to graphic violence, this book is better suited to high school collections. Ages 15 to 18.
VOYA - Nina Anikeeva
This book is simply astonishing. Brian's vivid description of human emotions draws readers into the story, and after a few (cleverly named) chapters, it starts to feel as if readers are being hunted down by a serial killer along with the characters. It is appropriately labeled for fourteen and up, due to the language and violence. This is a highly recommended book, and with the cliffhanger at the end, this reviewer is impatiently waiting for the sequel. 5Q, 4P. Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—Rory Miller has just barely survived an attempt on her life. Her attacker, serial killer Steven Nell, is on the loose, so Rory, her father, and her sister must enter a witness-protection program. As the family begins a new life in the vacation town of Jupiter Landing, it appears as if this place could provide the fresh start they all need. Rory and Darcy have been at odds for years. They meet a group of popular teens and party on the beach, hike, and surf. Just as the Millers start to feel at home in their new town, one of their friends goes missing. Rory wonders if this is just a coincidence or if it has something to do with Steven Nell, and she notices that things are amiss in Jupiter Landing. One of the local guys lurks around where ever she goes. Then other people start disappearing, but Rory is the only person who notices. In an interesting ending, Shadowlands leaves readers surprised and eager for the next installment in the trilogy. Teens who like chick lit and bit of a mystery will enjoy this one.—Shannon Seglin, formerly at Patrick Henry Library, Vienna, VA
Kirkus Reviews
Rory's life is turned upside down when she is attacked by a serial killer who has been posing as a math teacher at her school. The FBI informs the family that over the years, Mr. Nell has murdered 14 other girls and always escaped. He is even able to overcome the alarm system the FBI has rigged at Rory's house to leave a rose and a threatening message on Rory's bed. Quickly, the family is sent from New Jersey down the coast to a Southern resort island town. Along the way, Rory has a vivid nightmare that she, her father, her sister and the attacker are all killed violently. Life in Juniper Landing is partly delicious and partly frightening. It's full of gorgeous boys and girls who quickly make the acquaintance of Rory and her sister, Darcy, but there is no cell service or Internet, isolating them. The juxtaposition of reality against the dream world mirrors the alternation between Rory's account of events and short sections in which the killer describes his thoughts. These passages combine with the peculiarity of the town, its weather and a populace that is gradually disappearing to provide the ample goose bumps and chills required for the genre; it's suspenseful all the way up to its final, disappointing reveal. Suspend disbelief and it's a fun ride. (Horror. 11-16)

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Brilliance Audio
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Shadowlands Series , #1
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6.50(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Kieran Scott writes under the pseudonym Kate Brian. She is the author of over two dozen teen novels, including the bestselling Private and Privilege series and The Princess and the Pauper, which was an ALA Quick Pick. Kieran has also written numerous books under her own name, including the He's So/She's So and I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader trilogies, the first novel of which was nominated as a YALSA Teens Top Ten. Kieran lives in New Jersey with her husband and two young sons.

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Shadowlands 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It didnt turn out at all like i expected. I really liked the beginning. it was intense and fun to read but as it went along it became somewhat confusing and it seems like at some point in the middle it turns into two different books. I didnt like the ending. I felt like there too many holes in the story to make the ending believable. I didnt understand how the serial killer fit into the ending or why he would be there. I think it could have been a better book without the twist ending. I understand that some authors want to to gasp and have questions after you read it but i didnt agree with it this time. it was an interesting book but i wouldnt read it again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was speachless by the time I opened the book to when I closed it. One of the BEST books I have ever read. I finished it in a day because I could not put it down. I definately recommend it to anyone who enjoys a suspenseful read. I can't wait for the next book!!!! I hope it will top this one!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The beginning was quite good, however as the story progress it began to get weird. I like murder mysteries and suspense novels. I'm not into the paranormal stuff. Found the ending to be disappointing and unbelievable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reas but to say the least the ending was so unexpected and thought provoking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
From the first sentence of the novel to the closing paragraph, Kate Brian, the author of Shadowlands, immediately grasped my attention and kept me enthralled. Rory Miller and her family are placed into witness protection after she is attacked by a serial killer, Steve Nell. Rory, her sister Darcy, and her father are all forced to pack up their belongings and temporarily live in Juniper Landing. Just as her family begins to settle down and connect with one another, they begin to observe odd happenings on the island: an explainable fog randomly arises, the ferry only brings in new visitors, some of the residents appear to be missing, and no one can contact anyone outside the island. Throughout this period, Rory experiences heart-frightening flashes and believes she is being watched; however, the real question is ‘Is Steve Nell on the island too?’ Shadowlands is brilliantly written with several plot twists, and an unclosed, mind-shattering conclusion. I highly recommend Shadowlands to anyone who enjoys thrillers, suspense, or brain teasers.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course i've read all of the private series and im maing my way up the privilege series and its always good to see more of Kate Brian's work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is just... oh my gosh. It is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It look me less than 24 hours to read and I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I absolutely loved the ending. I didn't see it coming and I literally screamed with shock when I read it. I seriously reccommend this and I cannot wait to get my hands on the second book. Happy Reading:)
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abbott123 More than 1 year ago
Shadowlands by Kate Brian Print Length: 338 pages Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1423164830 Publisher: Disney Hyperion (January 8, 2013) My Review~ I received this book from Disney Hyperion in exchange for a honest unbiased review. I LOVED THIS BOOK! This is the first book I have read by this author and I'm exceptionally pleased. This author knows how to make you feel exactly what the character feels through the emotions of what Rory goes through. This book is a ginormous puzzle and nothing is what it seems. The suspense is what makes this book amazing. I love the stalker vibe that this book has. I love love love the mystery that surrounds Juniper Landing. I adore the characters. Rory, she is a very relateable character having hidden strength that goes beyond her own comprehension. I love the boys Tristan and Joaquin. They are quite mysterious and did I mention extremely hotness. This book is just such a thriller I can't seem to get enough and can't get it out of my head. I seriously had to re-read the ending to make sure I read it right, then flip to the beginning again. It left me floored and dying to get my hands on the next book in this thriller. I can't possibly wait for the next amazing book in this series. I adore this type of thriller. It is creepy at times and mysterious other and then you throw in hot guys and some humorous dialogue and you have one bombtastic book. I'm having a severely hard time not spoiling the book by telling everyone and gushing about certain scenes in this book, but I will keep it basic because this book is worth the read. I suggest this be a must read!! Will Steven Nell find her and finish what he started? Can Rory survive a second time? Amazon Book Description~ Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived … and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now she must enter the witness protection program. At first it seems like her family's new home may be just the fresh start they need. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of Rory's new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again? New York Times best-selling author Kate Brian is back with a haunting new YA series packed with dark twists and turns.
MusicLiteratureMotherhood More than 1 year ago
Definitely one of her best books, and the second book doesn't disappoint either. It's a lot like the first few "Private" novels, with her unique delivery and setting, Kate Brian really delivers an interesting page-turner.
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
I can’t honestly tell if this was a really fantastic read or not, because the ending left me completely confused and bewildered. It was more a “what the....?” than a “oh wow.”  No seriously, I’m still all...what just happened???? The first quarter or so of the story is a little rough around the edges and feels hastily put together. Events don’t really flow smoothly and it took me quite some time to really get into the swing of things. Even now that’s it’s all over, I can honestly say that I haven’t connected with any of these characters, yet I was captivated enough by the plot to finish Shadowlands in less than a day. Only the very last sentence confirmed what I had already suspected, but I actually expected more a whopper of a reveal. I pretty much have an idea of what’s going for what, but I’m still left with a ton of questions; my biggest question being how the heck it all came together. You know, usually after a big reveal you have that light bulb moment where all the events starts making sense and you finally understand how everything fit together to give that big reveal a bit more bang. But it just never happened for me, because I’m still curious as to know why Rory, specifically, was the centre point focus for all the locals of Juniper Landing, and why her sister who lives to be the life of the party, was practically being ignored by the locals. I have about twenty more questions, but I don’t want to include spoilers. Enough about my confusion. After a slow start, I really immersed myself into the story once Rory, her sister Darcy, and their father, moved into their new house on the island. From the time they leave the ferry, the eeriness of the island and the strangeness of its inhabitants is captured beautifully. And because I’m a fan of horror and everything that goes bump in the night, I was more curious about all the strange disappearances, the sudden fog, and the island locals’ mysterious behavior, than I was worried about the serial killer stalking Rory and her family. You’d think as the biggest threat to Rory’s life the serial killer will have a few more chapters from his perspective, but no, he’s placed on the shelf until he’s needed to do what it is he has to do. Overall, it was a suspenseful read and I breezed through it. But what spoiled it for me was the frustration of getting to the end and not understanding how it all came together. It wasn’t explained at all. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time from the minute the Millers left their home to move to Juniper Landing, and I was completely creeped out by a handful of events that occurred during their stay on the island until the very finale, but I felt let down that the villian came to such an abrupt ending, and really, I don’t even understand what happened to him in the end. I get that this is the first book in this series, and I’m hoping book two will have more answers than the mountain of questions the first book left me with, although I’m of the opinion that this story could’ve been told in one book without it being dragged out into a series. My recommendation: a gripping read which I think will be enjoyed by most of the younger readers in the YA spectrum. I especially recommend Shadowlands to those who enjoyed Gretchen McNeil’s Ten.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am just confused on when they die. Do they die at the car crash that she remembers and ends up on the ferry going to the island?
shesaxsensation More than 1 year ago
I've been lusting after this book ever since they released the cover and summary on Goodreads. First of all, the cover is perfection. I'm not a graphic design expert in any way, shape, or form... but I can't imagine it being any more exquisite. Then there's the summary. Serial killers, a beach setting, the witness protection program... I was positive that this book would wow me. Unfortunately, that didn't happen. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Shadowlands and thought it was such an addictive read, but I expected so much more from Kate Brian. There were quite a few times throughout Shadowlands when I thought to myself, "Something just feels off...", "This isn't making any sense.", or even "This story isn't that believable." The whole plot of Shadowlands had a ton of potential but I felt like there were clumsy pieces that could have been thought out better. While Shadowlands is more of a plot-driven novel, I did enjoy Rory and the other characters (except Rory's sister, Darcy). Like the summary notes above, Rory and her sister Darcy fall in with a group of carefree teens that do nothing productive with their time. This was so much fun to read about considering it's basically an extended vacation with no limits for teenagers... who wouldn't love that?! Overall, Kate Brian wrote a solid first book in a new series that will hopefully improve as it continues. Even though Shadowlands wasn't as amazing as I hoped, the end definitely left me wanting more and I'm really excited to see where the next book takes us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved reading this book! It was so addicting!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic book, kate brian has done it again. Right from the second page I couldn't put the book down, it kept me on the edge of my seat the whole entire time. I highly reccomend this book, Im the type of person who has to be intrigued after the first few pages to continue reading a book and kate brian did just that, after the second page I was hooked. This is a must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It was the perfect mystery, action story. I was addicted. And if there is one ill definitely read the next book. But, at the end, it was confusing when rory found out everyone on the island was dead. It didnt make any sense. Why would everyone go looking for darcy? Why wouls mr nell be there anyway?? And when did they even die? And also... the story was supposed to be about rory SURVIVING not being DEAD. I am still interested to see what happens next, but i really think the story wouldve been better withoutthe supernatural twist. This was a good read though... as annoyed as i am with it.
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Nickyrian More than 1 year ago
I would like to congratulate the author for writing such good mystery story. I had immediately guessed that Rory was just making up all the events in the book due to her PTSD, which was caused of the death of her mom. When Rory's family was relocated to Juniper Landing by the FBI, I had a hunch that the place was the La La Land. I laughed out loud when I got to the end, because I was right all along. No wonder the title of the second book was Hereafter.
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sarahbarah120 More than 1 year ago
Best suspense book I've read in a long time! I was addicted and finished it in four hours. I thought I had an idea of what was going on about halfway through. but Kate Brian totally surprised me. The ending was not what I was expecting, but it made sense when you looked back and thought about, I cannot wait till the next book come out!