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Beneath the Shadows by Sara   Foster
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Aug 16, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, mystery, thriller
Read from August 13 to 14, 2012

This book was (overly) compared to Daphne Du Maurier's classic novel, Rebecca. While it's clear that Foster took inspiration in the novel (it's even got a cameo appearance in Beneath the Shadows), don't pick up this novel expecting Rebecca. That said, Foster's work stands up very well on its own! A solid mystery set in the desolate moors of England (present day), Beneath the Shadows is the story of a woman coping with the sudden disappearance of her husband one year prior. Grace has returned to their cottage on the moors after a year of confused mourning with her young daughter in order to close up the house and move on with her life.

But questions and disturbing evidence quickly emerges that makes Grace question how well she really knew her husband. The inhabitants of the small village obviously know more than they are willing to share while no one really wants her there.

Beneath the Shadows builds tension wonderfully....just enough to keep the reader engrossed in the story without overkill. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and while the ending wasn't a huge surprise, I thought it was well executed. I'd recommend this for anyone who enjoys an 'atmospheric' novel. Foster creates a setting that is believable and creepy at the same time. Well done!

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