In The Victim's Shadow

In The Victim's Shadow


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On a cold San Francisco evening, Amber and Katherine Winters, a mother and daughter modeling team, stop at a corner store after work for some much-needed ice cream and is instead met with an action from a desperate man that will put an end to Amber's life, and forever scar Katherine.
That desperate man is Spencer Simon, a man out of luck, with no job and no place to live. Rejected from yet another job, at that same corner market, Spencer is surprised to find himself pulling out a gun instead of the change for his cup of coffee. He is even more surprised when the cashier throws the money at him. When the gun fires, killing the beautiful model as he is trying to flee, Spencer doesn't know what to do-except run, leaving five-year old Katherine crying over her dead mother.
Twenty-seven years later, Katherine is all grown up, and Spencer has a son who, forced to grow up under his father's soul-consuming guilt, is bitter over having lost his childhood. Chad focuses his hatred on Katherine, whom he blames for his problems, and devises a plan to make her suffer as much as he has.
Katherine has now become a successful lawyer, with a longing in her heart for something special: a child. When Chad attempts to enter Katherine's life, she is unimpressed and easily dismisses him. This only angers Chad more, causing him to devise another plan. Chad learns of John Wheaton, the man Katherine is in love with, and upon seeing the strength of their bond, reacts in anger over Katherine's happiness and attacks John, leaving him for dead and Katherine facing another loss in her life.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to appease his guilt and in some way show his son that he loves him, Spencer sits back and watches as his son become this bitter monster.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499783841
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 01/24/2015
Pages: 468
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

Victoria resides in the Sacramento region. She is the author of Coveting Love, Confronting Truths (The Jessica Crawford series), Capturing Faith, Twisted Faith (The Faith series), and Crime Solver's Detective Agency, her first book for younger readers. All books are available through Amazon and through most major online retailers. All books are also available in Kindle edition through Amazon, and all other eBook versions through Smashwords. Visit her website at Capturing Faith is available as an audiobook through Audible and ITunes.

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In The Victim's Shadow 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Author Victoria Schwimley filled In The Victim's Shadow with intrigue, suspense, and romance. Stalked by a psychotic deranged man, fueled by revenge and jealousy, Schwinley created a first-class villain in Chad. As Schwimley developed the character of Chad, I found him a scary man. With a personality filled with hate, Chad hides his true character as best he can from Amber. However at times of stress, he reveals his true nature; Chad's temper sits on the edge of explosion and he erupts often. Chad's a crude rude man raised in an atmosphere of uncaring and poverty. I can not reveal the reasons for Chad's mental instabilities without spoilers. Needless to say, the turn of events will surprise the reader. Amber and John, although wealthy and privileged, have caring hearts for the underdog, their friends, and family. Schwimley skillfully introduced the romance between them; including very tasteful love scene which did not include erotica, explicit, or graphic sex. This is a sweet romance between best friends as they realize they want more than friendship. Each have strong personalities; John's the perfect love interest for Amber. Each are classy, articulate, and successful. With many plot threads to bring together and weave into a solid book, Schwimley wove the plot threads together and masterly leads the reader through this action packed story. I found the pace of story correct for the length of the book and the characters well-developed. Schwimley also added in tidbits of faith into the story-line. Schwimley demonstrates how past events affect many lives. The reader views this story from the prospect of the victim and culprit. After I started this book, sleep was the only thing which had me laying it down. The suspense, intrigue, and mystery, kept at high peak, had me reading long into the night. The inventive way Schwimley introduced Chad into Amber and John's life made his crossing their path seem normal. In Chad, the reader finds not only a first-class villain, he's also intelligent in a crude way, angry, sneaky, street wise, and bordering on insanity. You will love to hate him and wish for his demise. He is far beneath Amber's class and his dreams of the future ridiculous. With an explosive surprise ending with multiple revelations, I sat on the edge of my chair as Amber learns the reasons behind Chad's madness. An epilogue brings closure to this intense story. I closed this book with a sigh of satisfaction for a story which held my attention from the first page, characters I came to love and a story which me kept intrigued. Kudos Ms. Schweinley, kudos for a job well done. IN THE VICTIM'S SHADOW RECOMMENDATION: STARS 5 FINALLY, PLEASE NOTE: Additionally, I received this book from the author and chose to voluntarily review the book with honest suspense romance book reviews. Lastly, book reviews of any novel are dependent on the book review author’s opinion. Consequently, all book reviews on-line and on my blog, are my opinions. No one influenced my voluntary suspense romance book reviews of In The Victim's Shadow.
PromptProse More than 1 year ago
An enjoyable read. What is Chad up to? And why does he have it in for Katherine? Katherine is a successful attorney with a wealthy father, a penthouse apartment and a near-perfect life in this romance/suspense novel by Victoria Schwimley. Near-perfect, that is, until Chad Simon oozes his way into her life. Even though the author revealed Chad's motive by the midpoint of the novel, the story held my interest to the end. The subplots moved the narrative along and the author maintained a good pace. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy some suspense mixed in with their romance stories.
RhapsodicReader More than 1 year ago
Amber Winters was a kind and caring person. As a ballerina, she captivated audiences; however, when she became pregnant with Katherine, she left the world of ballet to raise her daughter and entered the world of modeling with Katherine in tow. One evening, after a modeling session with a five year old Katherine, the two stopped by a convenience store on their way home for some ice cream. Caught up in a conversation with Katherine, Amber did not realize that the store was being robbed and collided with the robber as he was hurrying away from the store. The robber pulled a gun out and shot Amber in front of Katherine and fled the scene. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 27 years later, Katherine is a successful attorney who seems to have it all: beauty, intelligence, money, and a close relationship to her proud father. Katherine is content to spend quiet evenings at home, or go out to dinner with her best friend, John. Having worked hard to become a successful lawyer, Katherine remains unmarried and childless because she has not found the time for love, and certainly does not see how she can manage having a child while continuing to pursue her successful career. One evening, after having dinner with John, Katherine runs in to a tenant of the building that she lives in, Chad. While waiting for the elevator to ascend to his floor, Chad suggests that they go out on a date; however, Katherine dismisses him. Katherine's initial dismissal of Chad evolves into annoyance when it becomes apparent that their "chance" meetings have been orchestrated by him. To make matters even more complicated, Chad's erratic behavior becomes threatening as the friendship between Katherine and John develops into love. Schwimley did an excellent job of developing the characters, and I really enjoyed day-to-day activities that made the story's setting realistic. The relationships in the book came across as genuine, and I really enjoyed reading the exchanges between the various characters in the story. I do not read romance books often, but I did enjoy Schwimley's writing; the romance scenes were realistic rather than dramatic and overwrought, and the characters were intelligent and charming. If you like authors like Nora Roberts or Sandra Brown, I recommend that you give Victoria Schwimley and In The Victim's Shadow a shot. The female characters are intelligent, strong, and sometimes misguided; there is enough suspense to make you want to keep reading to find out what happens next, and enough romance to help keep you warm on a cold night.