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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 program. Entering the program alongside her, is her father and sister Darcy. The trio starts a new life and a new beginning leaving their friends and family behind w...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Hyperion
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karen

so. apparently, when you are being stalked by a relentless serial killer, and have to become part of the witness protection program, this is the procedure: first your house is surrounded by a million cop cars for a little over a week, just to call a whole lot of attention to you and your family, trapping you inside while detectives and fbi people mill all over the place waiting for the killer to strike again so they can hopefully stop him before your blood gets all over the carpet. and when some...more
Wendy Darling
2.5 stars Great opening chapter, but a plot that quickly devolves into a cable movie of the week thriller with flat characters and an uninspired storyline that primarily involves various uninteresting but "hot" boys. Most of the scenes that were well done felt as though they were lifted from action/suspense films, including two of the biggest twists--one that comes early in the story, and the other at the very end. You aren't given time to process/question that last one, either, since the book e...more
Giselle
I was already a fan of Kate Brian, but I never expected to love this book THIS much. Her Private series is a guilty pleasure of mine. It may not be the next great American novel, but it's a fun "mean-girls" type series with short installments that are filled with scandals, drama, and murder. When I went into Shadowlands, I expected something along the same lines but with a more thriller feel to it. What I got, was a complete mind-shattering plot that made me guess until the end (you have to unde...more
Clover Donovan
Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy Shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy Shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy Shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy Shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy Shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy Shit. Holy shit. Holy shit. Holy shit.

THAT ENDING! WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT?????????????

This felt like some good ol' 90s YA horror. It had the suspense, the mary-jane (which is like the mary-sue except mary-jane has balls and some brain.) and i...more
Katy
This book had a lot of potential to be brilliant, but 1) there was a lot that didn't make sense and 2) it was just too frustrating to read. I had a lot of "WTF" moments - some good, some bad.

I wasn't crazy about how the book started because I felt it was a little over the top. (view spoiler) And Rory was just a little too much for me. I understand she's scared and freaked out, but I wanted...more
Khanh (Kittens, Rainbows, and Sunshine)
I don't recall being so pissed off at a book than I have after finishing this one. I apologize in advance for any profanity.

I don't mean the type of anger that comes with a character's actions or as a reaction to an author killing off a beloved character (Or in some cases, half the cast. Did you really have to kill so many? I'm looking at you, J.K. Rowling). I'm talking about a complete and absolute cop out. A plot with so many holes in it, filled with unexplained areas of suspense that kept me...more
Mitch
I think Shadowlands is one of the most difficult books I've ever reviewed because it's not nearly what I thought it'd be from reading the summary. I went into this book with expectations of a standard serial killer thriller plot, and came out with, actually, I don't know how to describe what Shadowlands is without spoiling the ending - a bizarre twisty mindbender? I like it, but in order to fully explain my rating the rest of my review is going to be spoiler heavy, so just know this is *not* a t...more
Misty
2.5ish territory, but this one has a pretty fluid rating, I think - apt to change depending on my mood.

Okay, Shadowlands...I feel like I would write a different review of this every day of the week. Frankly, I'm really torn, and have even held off giving it a rating on Goodreads. Here's the thing:
There are going to be people that are so shocked and amazed by the way this ends that they'll love it.
There are going to be people that are so shocked and dismayed by the way this ends that they'll hate...more
Ferdy
Spoilers

Where to start with this? Okay, well the first chapter was pretty thrilling — the heroine (Rory) is attacked by her teacher on her way home from school and she just about manages to escapes with her life. It got even better when the FBI informed Rory that her teacher was in fact a serial killer that they've been hunting for years and that he wouldn't stop until he killed her. It was exciting and gripping and then things got dumb… Really, really dumb.
Rory, her dad and her older sister ar...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
I had no idea that when I started this book that it would capture me so tightly, that I stayed up close to one in the morning to finish it. I literally could not put the book down and instead, found myself immersed in a world where death lurks around the corner.

Let me be the first to say," BRAVO! Ms. Brian." The plot is what every reader wants. Exciting and thrilling, lots of mystery and psycho killer on the loose. Once I started this book, there was no going back for me. I was hooked and would...more
Brooke
I want to thank Disney Hyperion for providing me an ARC of this book to read and review. Receiving this book for free in no way has influenced my opinion or review.

Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
Starti...more
Booknut
Well...I wasn't expecting that!

Kate Brian manages to piece together an intricate tale of obsession, fear and psychosis that straddles the line between reality and the supernatural in a way no other book has done before.

You never know what will happen next.
Jon
Seen at Scott Reads It

I have avoided writing this review for a couple of days and I am finally going to review it. For me the most difficult reviews to write are for 5 Star books. I tremendously enjoyed Shadowlands and I doubt any review could do this book justice. There are no spoilers for Shadowlands.

From the first chapter of Shadowlands I was immediately hooked into this intriguing mystery. Kate Brian starts off Shadowlands with a bang. Our protagonist Rory is being attacked by serial kill...more
Alanna (The Flashlight Reader)
Oh man. I am so conflicted with this one. I don't know whether I loved it or hated it. So, this review will be a bit different.


First off, why I did not like the book: the ending. Normally, I am a huge fan of plot twists and surprise endings, but this time it did not work for me. I was infuriated when I read the last sentence. Majorly pissed off. Seriously. I felt like I read this whole thing for nothing because the ending did not make sense. I was left with a looooong list of questions. I don'...more
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

I didn't really know what to expect going into Shadowlands; I had never read any of Kate Brian's work and I'm not exactly one for reading blurbs. I was sufficiently blown away as a I dove in and got a much more intense read than I could have ever expected. Rory is shocked and scared when, on her way home from school through the forest, she is attacked by one of the most beloved teachers from her school. Thankfully she escapes and finds her way hom...more
Wanda (Good Choice Reading)
Wow! Wow! Wow! What an ending!

First word that I can describe ShadowLands is WOW. This book starts off immediately with action. It consumed me or rather I devoured it. But from the very beginning, I was lost in it. But I noticed something wrong right away. And it's not a big deal but in the first few pages, the serial killer described Rory as a beautiful girl with blonde hair. Now, unless the cover isn't Rory, they made a huge booboo there. The girl on the cover has brown hair. I don't know why...more
Nikki (The Paper Sea)
This review also appears on my blog, The Paper Sea.

Ask me to describe Shadowlands in one word and I'd tell you nonsensical. Another would be illogical. If you stretched me to two, they would be poorly researched.

I found that I could never fully immerse myself in Shadowlands, largely because of a few too many head-scratching moments. In a story centered on something so specialised as witness protection programs, the very last thing I want to see is evidence that the author didn't consult the expe...more
Kimba
I am not going to lie; I was drawn to Shadowlands because of the beautiful cover. The synopsis led me to believe this would be a thriller, but Kate Brian blew my mind! From page one the author grabbed my attention and held me completely enthralled. My palms were sweating and I stopped frequently to share my thoughts with anyone who would listen. The tale was, dark, suspenseful, brilliantly done with an ending that left me speechless.

From the synopsis we know that Rory Miller, her father and sist...more
Muna Abu
Shadowlands is a mystery/thriller book about a young girl attacked by a notorious serial killer. Rory Miller is walking home from school one day and is attacked by Steven Nell who has killed 14 other girls all over the country.Rory and her family now have to leave there home and go to into the witness protection program.
I found the book very interesting. I liked that it kept me guessing and there was a lot of mystery and confusion. I didn't like however that some of the mysteries in the book wer...more
Kaylee Magic
WHAT THE FUDGE???????

Oh my god, of all my whacky guesses, this ending was NOT on my list. Holy shishcabobs. Crapola. Fudgecakes. This book was so damn brilliant that I think it will be super hard to write a review for it, but when one blows my mind like this did, I kind of have to.

Review pending. But in the meantime...

You should buy this.
Evie
Mind-fuckery at its best! Creepy, captivating, bone-chilling, and unpredictable, this book is just absolutely phenomenal! Full review soon!
Blythe
Jan 02, 2013 Blythe marked it as to-read
I didn't realize this was published so soon! Can't wait to read it.
Meg
Sometimes you read a book and it instantly grabs you. You can't put it down, you're carrying it around with you where ever you are going, and even if you can just get the chance to read s sentence you're excited. For me, this happened with Shadowlands by Kate Brian. Last summer, I heard about this book and recommended it to my sister to read. She loved it, kept going on about how I needed to pick it up and I kept telling her I would. I'm so glad that I finally did.

Shadowlands is about a girl na...more
Mitchii
I tried a few books from Kate Brian (and her other pseudonym) and liked them. So when I found out she has written a different kind of book from the bunch I’ve tried, I decided to check it out. There’s no denying that Shadowlands is really different, a little vague but not a complete successful venture to paranormal, thriller combination.

This book opens in a very creepy way because aside from Rory Miller’s pov, we also got the stalker’s point of view. How’s his disturbing mind works really added...more
Ariel Cummins
This novel has a lot going for it in terms of atmosphere and creepiness. There are plenty of spooky touches and well-done scenes. I appreciate that it's more of a true horror book than a lot of the paranormal romances that have been coming out in the past few years.

The character building, though, isn't great. I swear that the sisters were built from the two daughters in Modern Family: nerdy, slightly awkward sister and beautiful, social sister who deep down want to be good friends. The romance (...more
Vy
TOTAL MIND-EFF. Full review will be written after I wake up. Yes, I finished this book at 2am and am now regretting it because I'm pretty sure I'll have nightmares.

*******Updated: FULL REVIEW*******
For some strange reason I thought it would be the most incredible idea to pick up Shadowlands at 11pm at night. And this was before I realized that this was about a SERIAL KILLER. The story begins with Rory Miller being attacked and then escaping the serial killer. There was no way I could go to slee...more
Annette
For the first 1/3 of Shadowlands, I was enthralled. It was a heart-pounding, thrilling ride and I wish it had kept going. However, the story slowed so much, the plotting became very sloppy, and I ended up just waiting for it to end.

Rory is the only victim to have escaped from what she finds out is a wanted serial killer. She knows the man as her math teacher, but he has a hidden past. According to the FBI, he will stop at nothing to finish the job, so Rory and her family (Dad and little sister)...more
Jaime
~This review is of the ARC that was provided by Netgalley and Disney/Hyperion~

3.5 stars Shadowlands is a moody, chilling story about a girl, Rory, who is in a Witness Protection program with her father and sister after having been attacked by a rampant serial killer. She escaped but the killer still poses an active threat to her and her family.

While in hiding, Rory has to contend with a difficult home life--memories of a mother who died of cancer, the angry father ravaged by grief, and a spoiled...more
Ornella (Nyx)
Holy sh...I honestly don't know what to rate this. The beginning had me all pumped what with the chase and what not. Kept me on my toes for the most part. Then we get to the middle part and I start getting frustrated because there is obviously something going on and I'm not getting it. I give props to Rory for somewhat trying to figure it out, if she hadn't I wouldn't have bothered to finish this.

I was getting so beyond pissed about all the weird crap going on and not even having an inkling of...more
Niranjana
It's been almost an hour since I finished reading this book and it still doesn't make sense!

There is this girl Rory who gets attacked by a serial killer but manages to escape. To keep her family from being attacked again, the FBI sends them to a safe house or rather gives them the address and asks them to leave. Scram. Who cares if they reached safely? There's just a serial killer on the loose. Big deal. They've done their duty!

Now once in their new destination, things begin to look creepy and m...more
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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.
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