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Beneath the Shadows

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When Grace's husband, Adam, inherits a cottage on the Yorkshire moors, they leave London behind to try a new life. A week later, Adam disappears. The following year, Grace returns with her baby daughter, Millie. She is desperate for answers, but resigned to preparing the cottage for sale. With no one prepared to divulge their secrets, Grace finds herself unwilling to trust ...more
Published February 1st 2011 by Random House Australia
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Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Should I be allowed to rate my own books?!! Then again, if I can't send Beneath the Shadows on its way with a farewell hug and one five-star rating then that seems a bit of a shame! I have given it five stars because I am so proud of it and love my heroine Grace, her feisty sister Annabel, and even some of the more suspicious characters you'll come across while reading about Grace's search for her missing husband. I hope that its readers thoroughly enjoy the ride.
I've recently signed up to NetGalley and started requesting galleys. This has turned out to be a great way to discover new fiction, especially by debut authors, but with scant information available on the books aside from a cover and plot summary, I often find myself in the dark about what they're actually going to be like until the galley appears on my Kindle (when browsing in bookshops or online, I often base my choices on what critics have said about the books, or where their best reviews hav ...more
'There was something beautiful about this place, she thought - in daylight, the raw, untouched vista had the power to stop your mind for a moment. Here, you didn't have to look up to see the sky, it came right down and met you, ever present beyond the ceaseless shifting of color, clouds, and light.'

I was intrigued by the gothic feel to the summary and loved the writing itself...'The answers are hiding beneath the shadows.' I was sold; however, despite the fact that the idea and concept was there
This was an easy read and I enjoyed this Gothic-style mystery set in England’s far north, but I was never completely engrossed. The ending was mostly satisfying, although there were some loose ends that I felt should have been either tied up, or not introduced in the first place as they fizzled away into nothingness with no further explanation.

Perhaps unfortunately, I read this not too long after reading another (fantastic) Gothic-style novel so it may be that this one suffered in comparison. It
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grace Lockwood and her husband Adam and their new baby daughter Millie have moved into a cottage in North Yorkshire left to Adam by his grandparents. However, while they are still settling in Grace returns from shopping to find Adam missing and baby Millie left on her pram on the doorstep. Despite a frantic search organized by the village and local police Adam is never found. Twelve months later after spending the year with her parents in France, Grace returns to the village just before Christma ...more
Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysterious
I won this little read through the fantastic Good Reads First Reads Giveaways and I must say it was pretty much exactly what I expected. I hear the phrase a lot in my English classes, "Show, don't tell" and I felt that this book fell short on this point. When I'm being told that Grace did this and then she said this and felt this way and then this happened and she reacted accordingly, I begin to lose interest because it sounds really rehearsed; there's no emotion. I read recently that how can yo ...more
This book had quite an impact on me. I was hooked right from the beginning. There was something eerie and compelling about this story. It was a slow, tension building journey to a riveting ending. There were many elements here typical of the gothic novel; mystery and suspense, supernatural and inexplicable events, gloominess and the setting...the moors created the perfect background for this story to unfold. We know right at the very beginning of the book that Grace's husband Adam has mysterious ...more
Meh. I did finish the book, so I can't say it was terrible. It was just annoying at times and dragged too much for me to give it a higher rating. I hope the author learns from this book and gets the hang of showing instead of telling, and leaves the internal questions/navel-gazing on the cutting room floor next time. She could be a good writer, but not until shit like that is fixed.
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite the blurbage (and references to) Rebecca, this wasn't quite like that - although there are definite Gothic overtones!

There's something so very evocative and creepy about North Yorkshire. I mean, Dracula is set there. Ditto Wuthering Heights. So definite points for setting. Adam's mother lived there until she ran away (to have him), and after her death from cancer he moves in with his grandparents for a summer. After university, he meets Grace and they marry... Millie follows less than a
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the description, I liked the cover, and… I liked the book!

I mean, cottage in a remote village in Yorkshire, creaking floorboards, dark corners, a grandfather clock that stops ticking and then starts again by itself, weird neighbours, old letters, a handsome stranger? It all makes for a great story.

When Grace returns to the cottage a year after her husband goes missing, she finds some clues that suggest he didn’t just run off (not that she’d thought he had, really). But who can she trust
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was one of those that I found very hard to put down!
Grace, with her little daughter Millie, return to where they were a year previously, when her husband Adam vanished without trace, and no amount of searching by the police, and everyone else, could turn up any clues. They all believed he 'ran away', but Grace was positive this wasn't the case. Heart wrenching, sad, secretive, thrilling....until the very last page you will be captivated by Sara Foster's novel!
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
For an innocuous thriller, this book provoked a lot of emotion in me, and gave me much to chew over in terms of my expectations of a book, a heroine, and a story. The premise of this book is simple: Grace, new mom, has moved to rural Yorkshire with her husband and their three-month old daughter. One wintry evening, she comes home to a note from her husband, saying he has something to tell her. She waits, and waits, and later finds her daughter in the pram outside of their cottage, husband gone. ...more
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Grace and Adam leave London behind after Adam inherits Hawthorne Cottage in North Yorkshire from his grandparents. It is a small place and needs some work, but they are willing to give it a try away from all the hustle and bustle.

A week later Adam disappears. He had taken his baby daughter, Millie, out for a walk in her stroller. The baby and stroller were found on the cottage doorstep and Adam was nowhere in sight.
Everyone, even the police, were convinced that Adam left Grace. But Grace wasn't
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
I had intended to review this book before it was released but after a weekend in London I only managed to finish it on the train yesterday. Still it was released this week so I don't think I am to far behind if I manage to finish this review today!

The main reason I decided to read Beneath The Shadows was because it was described as 'gothic'. I have a bit of a thing about gothic literature, it started with reading Jane Eyre and looking its gothic elements when I was studying for my a-levels, it's
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-fiction, 2012
If you love a good ghost mystery, you'll love this book. Generally I don't enjoy reading about ghosts, so that storyline didn't grab my attention. But I was intrigued by mystery behind the story.
Sara has a fabulous page turning story telling style and by 2/3 through the wonder of where the twists and turns were about to take the characters grabbed my attention.
I'm so glad stuck with it to the end, the light was shone on all darkness as all the threads came together for a very satisfying end.
Bree T
Mar 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When London-based Grace and her husband Adam inherit a small cottage on the Yorkshire Moors from Adam’s grandparents, Adam sees it as a chance to escape the busy city for a quieter, more peaceful life where they can raise their 10wk old daughter Millie. Paying exorbitant rent is no longer attractive and the cottage, which they would own outright, would allow Grace to stay at home and be a full time mother to Millie rather than having to go back to her job which she didn’t enjoy that much anyway. ...more
Goodreads Description- In this thrilling gothic suspense debut by Sara Foster in the tradition of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah, a young mother searches Yorkshire's windswept moors for the truth behind her husband's mysterious disappearance.


When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits an isolated North Yorkshire cottage, they leave the bustle of London behind to try a new life. A week later, Adam vanishes without a trace, leaving their baby daughter, Milli
Jun 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book.

Mysteries are so much fun to read, IF they are done correctly. If you know whodunit before the hero, or if you are left with no surprises, then the mystery is dull and pointless. But if you are kept guessing, and if the resolution makes sense, then the mystery is beautifully crafted. And that's what Sara Foster has done here.

Grace, her husband, Adam, and their baby daughter Millie return to Adam's grandparents' cottage in North Yorkshire. Adam wants them to escape from the hurl
Educating Drew

The baby shows up
On the porch that afternoon
Husband still missing

So, Grace and Adam are newlyweds when Adam's grandparents die and leave him this small cozy cottage in the middle of nowhere Yorkshire. (1) After some discussion on their future, Grace, Adam, and baby Millie leave the hustle and bustle of London to save up and get some quiet time. Sure, Grace is a wee bit reluctant but she'll suck it up. It makes sense after all.

And things are pretty allright. A week goes by [and maybe ten pages?]
Caedy  Eries
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Received as a Galley Copy from St. Martins Press via

Title: Beneath the Shadows
Author: Sara Foster
Rating: 4/5

Summary: A year after her husband, Adam, vanishes outside their Yorkshire moor cottage, Grace returns with her infant daughter Millie. However, when the weather turns nasty and the winter storms threaten to cut her off from the rest of the world Grace makes a discovery and now must attempt to get her daughter back from the one person intent on taking her away, praying she c
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gothic
This is my second entry into the R.I.P. reading event being held by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings. Head on over for ideas for spine tingling reads to celebrate the start of autumn.

I really enjoyed this modern take on the Gothic novel. Grace is a young mother raising her infant daughter Millie along with her husband Adam. In a quest to secure a more relaxed lifestyle for their family, Adam convinces Grace to leave London in favor of a cottage in a rura
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May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adam and Grace Lockwood and their infant daughter, Millie, relocate to the tiny village of Roseby, located in the wild moors of North Yorkshire. Hawthorn Cottage, once owned by Adam’s grandparents, seems like the perfect place to start a new, peaceful life away from the hectic pace of London. Just days after arriving, the unthinkable happens – Adam goes missing while out walking Millie, and Grace finds Millie by their front door in her stroller all alone. Grace is confused and distraught. They w ...more
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
Beneath the Shadows is a modern gothic mystery. Set on the moors of Yorkshire, it wants to follow in the footsteps of Rebecca and the Woman in White, and it succeeds in many ways.

Grace, married and the mother of a very young child, is waiting for her husband in the isolated cottage formerly owned by her husband’s dead grandparents. The couple have moved to Yorkshire to take a break from the rat race in London. Her sister calls, and Grace tells her sister that her husband and infant should have r
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Australian Sara Foster's debut novel is a knockout! Set on the wind-swept moors of Yorkshire, the ambiance is one of modern day juxtaposed with ancient ghosts, legends, family feuds, and long-buried secrets. Her main character, a young mother named Grace has returned to her husband Adam's  family cottage where they were living at the time of his disappearance almost a year ago.  She is determined to find him, or else find out what really happened to Adam. Did he run away, abandoning Grace and hi ...more
Sam Still Reading
Apr 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Gothic fiction
Recommended to Sam Still Reading by: saw it in the newspaper
I picked up this book (well, downloaded an ebook) as Sara Foster lives locally and there was a lot of press and book signings surrounding the release of Beneath the Shadows. (Sadly, I didn’t get to attend due to work, but maybe next time I’ll be luckier). This is her second book and after reading this, I look forward to reading her first work of fiction, Come Back to Me as it includes Perth (Australia) as a setting. I always like to see how authors portray Perth (Cloudstreet by Tim Winton comes ...more
Kerry Hennigan
Apr 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Australian author Sara Foster has set her second novel, Beneath the Shadows, in an insular community on the edge of the Yorkshire moors. Here Grace and her husband Adam have moved with their baby daughter Millie to live in Hawthorn Cottage where Adam grew up.

Then, without warning, Adam disappears without a trace, and Grace is left not knowing whether he has escaped from their relationship for some unknown reason, or met with foul play.

Beneath the Shadows has an atmosphere that is almost gothic i
Jo Barton
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press / Minotaur for a pre-publication digital copy of this book to read and review.

How do you begin to move on, if the past won’t let you go?

Grace, Adam and their tiny daughter Millie, move from the hustle and bustle of London to an isolated cottage on the Yorkshire moors. Hawthorn Cottage, once belonged to Adam’s now deceased grandparents, and offers the young family, a refuge and a haven, but when Adam goes missing after just one week, and with no clues
Helen McKenna
You couldn't ask for a better setting for a psychological thriller than the Yorkshire Moors and Sara Foster has crafted a fantastic novel by really trading on the creepy, isolated setting. It sets the mood perfectly and doesn't waver right througout the story.

I liked the fact that you are dropped right into the action without any real build up or back story to get in the way. As a reader you are just as desperate as the main character Grace to find out what happened to her husband Adam, just a f
Jessica (booneybear)
I would give this book a 2.5 star rating if possible. The premise of the book was promising but the execution was lacking. The book is billed as a 'thrilling gothic suspense' story. I expect things to jump out at me and moments of complete terror while reading. This book had none (unless you consider a clock stop ticking to be scary and a basement door shutting on you).

Grace wants to find out what happened to her husband, but spends all her time digging through boxes, renovating, walking and fl
Lizzy Chandler
A gothic tale, set on the northern moors in winter. Having spent some time on Dartmoor a few years ago, I enjoyed the novel's evocation of UK village life, with its creepy sense of ghosts, scandal, history and stoic Brit characters all of whom have secrets they're unwilling to share. The novel focuses on a young mum whose husband goes missing, a premise which is instantly intriguing, and the mystery is kept rolling well till the end.

As a debut popular fiction novel, Beneath the Shadows is prett
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Sara Foster is the bestselling author of five psychological suspense novels: THE HIDDEN HOURS, ALL THAT IS LOST BETWEEN US, SHALLOW BREATH, BENEATH THE SHADOWS, and COME BACK TO ME.

Born and raised in the UK, Sara worked for a time in the HarperCollins fiction department in London, before turning her hand to freelance editing, and writing in her spare time.

It wasn't until 2007 that Sara decided to
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