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In Her Shadow

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  302 ratings  ·  49 reviews
What would you do if your past came back to haunt you? A dark, thrilling novel for fans of Kate Morton and Victoria Hislop

From the author of THE SECRETS BETWEEN US, part of the 2012 Richard and Judy Summer Reads, comes this dark, thrilling novel that is perfect for your book group.

It's set twenty years ago against a backdrop of dreamy Cornish summers, a place where childh
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published July 2012 by Bantam Press (first published 2012)
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Like the author's last novel, The Secrets Between Us, this is what I would call - in the nicest way possible, honestly - good quality trash. It is light and easy to read, frequently implausible and silly, but also totally compelling, well-written with plenty of twists, and addictively readable.

Hannah Brown appears to be an unremarkable heroine in every way, except that twenty years earlier, her best friend, Ellen Brecht, drowned at the age of eighteen. This is an incident which Hannah feels a gr
In Her Shadow is Louise Douglas' fourth novel and was published by Transworld earlier this month.

This a complex story that draws the reader in from the beginning, I found it very difficult to put down and when I was not reading it, I was thinking about it.

Hannah is a young woman who works at a Bristol museum, from the off it is clear that she has some issues from her past that shape her behaviour. Hannah 'sees' her childhood friend Ellen in the museum, but Ellen died many years ago, so how could
Another very engrossing read from Louise Douglas - who definitely features highly in my top ten favourite authors as she is so consistent.

This is a subtle and slightly sinister psychological drama written in a dual time frame of present day events and reminiscences of the narrators past.

Told in first person by Hannah who is in her 30s and working in a museum, in her past lies a mental breakdown and a few secrets. She is left shaken and disturbed by suddenly catching glimpses of a friend from her
Louise Graham
I waited with huge expectation for this book as I was such a fan of The Secrets Between Us and I can honestly say I wasn’t disappointed one bit.

Louise has written another gripping book that really takes you on a journey that you are unsure where it will lead you. In Her Shadow starts with Hannah in the present day, she glimpses something that throws her totally off-balance and makes her doubt everything she thinks she knows to be true. The book transports you back to her childhood with her ‘brot
Megan Readinginthesunshine
I’m going to admit – I have never read a book by Louise Douglas before. Ever. But this book sounded so intriguing and I was so excited to start it…and let me just say – WOW. Where on earth have I been?! How have I not read any of Louise’s other books? In fact, I am SO impressed by this novel that after I have finished writing this, I’m going to order her other books straight away.

In the present day, Hannah Brown works at a museum, living in a flat with what seems to be an ordinary life. But Hann
Ingrid Fasquelle
Après Un invité indésirable, sa réinterprétation contemporaine très remarquée de Rebecca de Daphne du Maurier, Louise Douglas signe un roman d'une belle intensité émotionnelle sur le poids des non-dits, de l'obsession amoureuse et de la trahison.

Avec Nos mensonges, Louise Douglas embarque ses lecteurs pour un voyage vers un passé plein de fantômes, de secrets et de révélations surprenantes. L'ambiance est pesante, teintée de nostalgie, d'émotion, mais surtout émaillée de magnifiques descriptions
I have never read a book by Louise Douglas before and wow what a good one to start with! I have been so impressed with her book that now I have bought another one of her books!

Hannah Brown works in a museum in Bristol she has a relatively normal life. She has some secrets and had a mental breakdown a few years ago from something that has stemmed from her past. One day Hannah is having a normal day at work when she spots Ellen Brecht, the girl she tried so hard to forget from her past.

Ellen was
Natalie Richards
This is the first book I`ve read by this author and having heard good things about it I was looking forward to reading it. However I quickly became disappointed with it as it was not as gripping as I thought it would be,in fact it became quite predictable, and I failed to connect with any of the characters. Only stayed with it to see if I was right with the ending; and I was!
Mandy Baldwin
I have just finished 'in her Shadow' and loved it! Managed to read the whole book in two days (the housework can wait!) as I wanted to know how the story would end.
The story hooked me from the very start and I enjoyed every page until it's conclusion - a great read.
I have read all the books by Louise Douglas, all are brilliant and I can't wait for the next one.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and was engrossed from the outset. It reminded me a little of 'Eloise' by Judy Finnegan that I read a month or two back (based in Cornwall, a friend believing she was being haunted by her dead best friend, secrets etc), however, this book is far superior and much better told. I didn't warm to Hannah the main character to be honest, but strangely it didn't effect my enjoyment. And I actually liked the ending to this one, more often than not I am disappointed but not ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Clare rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Louise Douglas or Daphne du Maurier
I loved "The Secrets Between Us" and this was a similar theme. The effect that somebody, who is no longer alive, can have on the living. Here however, the story was, in my opinion, far more tragic. For a start Ellen, the dead girl, was a much more sympathetic character. She was flawed and at times self absorbed, yes. But so was the main character. Hannah said it best when she said that Ellen was "alive". She didn't just live she burned bright. She was great to read about. The love story was wher ...more
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I was gripped by this novel, it has all the essentials for a good read; compelling characters, beautiful settings, an intriguing story and a little bit of mystery to keep you guessing along the way.

The story is told by Hannah who is in her thirties and working for a museum, she is thrown into turmoil one day by a glimpse of her old friend Ellen Brecht and we discover that Hannah’s past holds secrets and
Hannah Browns volwassen leven wordt volledig in beslag genomen door de dood van haar vroegere hartsvriendin Ellen Brecht. Ze waren als kind en tieners onafscheidelijk, totdat Ellen een relatie kreeg met Hannah's geadopteerde broer Jargo. Op een warme zwoele zomeravond, wanneer de meisjes achttien zijn, wordt hun idyllische wereld definitief verbrijzeld door obsessie, verraad, en dood: Ellen wordt dood aangetroffen op het strand. Twintig jaar later is Hanna
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“Cos’è successo a Ellen?” è stata una scoperta sensazionale. La storia di Hannah, tormentata dal fantasma della sua amica Ellen, morta quando erano adolescenti, alternata al ricordo della sua vita passata, della sua famiglia, del fratello adottivo Jago e soprattutto di questa mistoriosa Ellen, lascerà senza fiato tutti i lettori. Ogni capitolo è appassionante, ricco di soprese e colpi di scena mozzafiato e fino all’ultimo risulta impossibile riuscire a cogliere completamente il filo del discorso ...more
Kate Beeden
In Her Shadow is a story of loyalty and tragedy. The two main characters, Hannah and Ellen, are best friends, but very different. Ellen is glamorous, daring and fierce, whilst Hannah is anything but. As the girls grow older they begin to dip their toes into the world of love, lust and desire. Things soon spiral out of control and their lives are irrevocably changed ... Twenty years later, Hannah is convinced that she has seen Ellen. Is it her memory playing cruel tricks? Or is it really Ellen, a ...more
I didn't expect this book to be so good. I picked it up at the library the other day and I read more than half of the book that same day. It's a quick read, in general. Perfect for those lonely couple of evenings on which you find yourself with nothing better to do. Once you've started, it's difficult to tear yourself away from it. The characters are interesting and not very predictable. The development of the plot was not what I thought it would be. It was much better. The twists were interesti ...more
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In Her Shadow is a real page turner.
Louise Douglas is one my top favourite authors.
This is the second book that I have read of hers.
I will be reading and reviewing all of Louise Douglas books. I honestly recommend all readers to try one of Louise Douglas books.

God I hated Hannah what a self centered friend! And I use the word friend very loosely. She coveted her friends dad which could be put down as innocence but her slatting of Charlotte and yearning for John in adulthood mirror her adolescent crush of Ellen's Dad!

I despised her!

Great, original story and I wasn't at all sure how it would end
Abi Seddon
This book is a definite page turner which had me gripped all the way through. Three stars may seem miserly for a book I thoroughly enjoyed; however, as my first Louise Douglas novel, I suspect there's better to come. As the book progressed I became more and more frustrated with the lead character, Hannah. This isn't necessarily a criticism, I think Douglas positions her as a very 'human' character representing the traits we'd all like to think we don't have. There were parts of the book I didn't ...more
I was rather disappointed with this book. After reading The love of my life and secrets between us, I was hopeful that this would be another 5 star read. Unfortunately, for me, it was not.

In my opinion, Louise Douglass' greatest quality is how she draws you into a book with her characters. I did not engage with the main characters, Hannah and Ellen at all and their stories became predictable as the story went on. The skipping between times with each chapter became tedious.

I will now read Missi
Rory Stanbridge
This is the third book from Louise Douglas that I have read and I have enjoyed them all. A real touch of Virginia Andrews about her writing. She draws you into the characters beautifully and then tells a delightful tale of love and emotion. Not very manly to admit this but I did cry at the end of the book and was totally unprepared for the ending. A fabulous holiday read and I have just downloaded the fourth of her books for my next trip. I love this author(ess) and not just because she is a fel ...more
Gripping story and one of those books that can't easily be put down and has you thinking about the events/characters between reading sessions. A mysterious story about a woman who can't really move on with her life because of events that happened in her teenage years (her best friend, who she thought had died, seems to have returned). The author seamlessly switches the story from past to present while uncovering the events and unearthing the secrets held for years. A promising and just ending. L ...more
Knap geschreven roman waarin liefde, jaloezie, schuld en angst een voelbare rol spelen.
An enjoyable read very much in the vain of Kate Morton. The story was well told although I did feel some of it could have been told better as a simple narrative as there were aspects of the story which we knew would happen because of the way the characters naively was revealed. Ideal for the beach.
This book grew on me. It starts off slow but it had me hooked after a while. Perhaps my love of Virginia Andrews novels some years ago had some bearing on the way this book appealed to me. It has all the right ingredients for a modern romantic tragedy and is underpinned by a slightly supernatural edge. The Cornwall setting was particularly nostalgic and worked well.
I knew there was going to be a twist at the end of this book but it wasn't what I expected
Nicky Yeo
Not as great as "the Secrets between Us" but still a really good read - Louise Douglas is so good at writing characters that you really miss them when the books is finished but I think her greatest skill is in building tension, slowly but surely and the reader is not left disappointed. Loved the setting as I know that part of Cornwall well.
Het is eindelijk best een mooi boek maar ik vond dat de eerste honderd pagina's zo weinig gebeurde als alleen de terug blikken van het verleden naar het heden.Als je dan wat verder komt bij de ontknoping vind ik het verhaal pas echt gaan boeien dan zou je haast weer 4* geven.Maar dan neem ik het boek in het geheel voor mij 3*.
I was so disappointed by this one - I've loved Louise Douglas' writing until now, but I found this one really uninspiring. The alternating chapters became really boringly repetitive, and for me the story just got increasingly ridiculous as the end thankfully approached. I really didn't like it at all.
Sofie Vandenbempt
I loved this book. Once i started reading, i could not stop anymore :)
Too bad there were only 460pages .. I recommend it to every one i know who likes to read !
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I've always loved reading and writing and all I ever wanted to be was an author. I've had four books published now, the fifth is written and is due to be published in August 2013 and I'm working on the sixth. I live with Kevin in the Mendips, not far from Bristol, a city that I love, and have three beautiful sons. We also have two dogs, Lil and Lola. The Love of My Life is my first book. It was lo ...more
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