Chasing Shadows (South Shores Series #1)

Chasing Shadows (South Shores Series #1)

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780778319528
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 11/29/2016
Series: South Shores Series , #1
Edition description: Original
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 158,111
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About 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

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Chasing Shadows 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was really slow, and to make matters worse, it's a cliffhanger. I will not pay for another book to find out the ending of the one I already paid for. I think it's a ripoff. I will not be buying anymore books from this author.
Silk-Serif More than 1 year ago
Chasing Shadows is a decent detective novel with plenty of details to keep reader guessing. Ignoring the parts that were rather drawn out, this was an acceptable read with strong plot and character development. We enter with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the mysterious murder/suicide of a plantation owner, a slowly burn romance between our main characters Claire and Nick, and end with a shocking revelation concerning Nick’s past that impacts every single character we meet in Karen Harper’s first novel in the South Shores series. A slow, often plodding plot, Chasing Shadows is a novel that takes some effort getting into, but makes it all worth while with some pretty interesting plot twists. Chasing Shadows is a wonderful who-dun-it mystery, but far too slow in the beginning to be a great mystery. The cliffhanger ending in Chasing Shadows hints at an exciting and fast paced follow up novel in Drowning Tides and an even more promising series. I found the main character a bit annoying and difficult to relate too early on in the novel with some serious snap judgements about other characters that makes me wonder how good of a Forensic Questioner she really is. I mean, I get that her job is to make judgements on people, but I felt like Claire entered the situation with value judgements at the fore front rather than an unbiased. I also felt like Claire’s jealousy of Nick’s old flame made her incapable of being unbiased and she probably should have given up the case the minute she became involved with her boss, but perhaps I am just puritanical. I understand that Claire’s medical condition is potentially serious and also a major burden on her daily..but without sharing the illness with her husband, then over sharing and demanding special treatment from her new boss, I was a bit frustrated that Claire did not find a way to be less abrasive about her condition. However, I will concede that Claire’s difficulties sharing (or not sharing) her condition made her a more realistic character rather than a cookie cutter generalization. Claire is a flawed individual. In the end, I think my issue with Claire’s character was her lack of professionalism rather than a critique on how she handled her illness – the woman is raising a daughter and running her own start up business while struggling with a life altering disease! That’s serious girl power! Regardless, by the end of the novel it appeared the author had found her stride with the South Shore series. Harper had successfully closed the murder mystery in a satisfying and exciting way, as well as created a strong overall plot that will follow the series in the future. Chasing Shadows was a decent novel that sets up what has potential to be a fantastic series. This novel will appeal to readers to enjoy murder mysteries, novels with less action and more “sleuthing”, clean romance and sweet love interests. I would recommend this to readers looking for novels with strong female leads, flawed/realistic characters and lead characters struggling with health issues. This series will probably fall under the “diverse” genre because of it’s focus on the daily struggles of mental health. Received from Goodreads First Reads in exchange for completely unbiased, unsolicited review.
ReadYourWrites More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.