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Shadow of Danger

(CORE Shadow Trilogy #1)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  857 ratings  ·  81 reviews
Four women have been found dead in the outskirts of a small Wisconsin town. The only witness, clairvoyant Celeste Risinski, observes these brutal murders through violent nightmares and hellish visions. The local sheriff, who believes in Celeste’s abilities and wants to rid their peaceful community of a killer, enlists the help of an old friend, Ian Scott, owner of a ...more
Kindle Edition, 414 pages
Published May 23rd 2013 (first published May 21st 2013)
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Sep 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
What a wonderful surprise!

This book has everything I'm looking for in a book: a strong, consistent plot, a creepy murderer(s), an interesting hero and heroine, slight paranormal element, true love... What more would I want?

But what I liked the best is the behaviour of both John and Celeste!

Celeste accepts her gift and knows very well what it is but don't know how to control it and is not afraid of admitting it and asking for help. She's conscious that she is in danger and that she, with her
Karl J DeMunda
Oct 12, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really couldn't finish this book. It started out great with a good premise. Murders happening and psychic is having visions of it. A non-believer gets assigned to the case and they are forced to work together. The first two chapters were great... then in chapter 3, the two characters meet and then every other paragraph was about them wanting to have sex and the main storyline gets pushed into the background. By chapter 7, I felt like a third wheel wanting to tell them to just get on with it so ...more
Lynda Kelly
Jan 15, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: deleted
This had too much sex and not enough murder mystery for me and I could see by a lot of other reviews that I wasn't alone. I read all that sort of stuff a la Jacqueline Susann, Jackie Collins and Harold Robbins back in the day but grew out of them in the 80s.
It started with great promise but as soon as Celeste encountered John she turned into a dumb sex-obsessed idiot. She'd been a likeable character till then.
She lost the here-"I remind you all time"...but that was the only mistake I spotted
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I just couldn't get into the book. I couldn't relate or sympathize with the characters. I don't know if it's the writing style that couldn't keep my attention. I like the premise and did decide to finish it but it was a bit meh for me all in all
Laura Thomas
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There’s nothing like a good suspense thriller to get the old endorphins pumping and Kristine delivers. I read this some time ago and recently realized I’d not written a review. I reread this in one night and it’s just as exciting the second time around.

Celeste Risinski is a clairvoyant. It’s not something she wants. It just is. She’d be perfectly happy to skip the horrific visions and nightmares that jolt her, screaming, from her sleep.

She senses something different about these dreams. A deeper,
Laura Thomas
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book in a giveaway a while ago. Kristine also sent me a gnome. You’ll learn his significance further into my review. He sits in my front garden protecting my home. He’s been joined by several others and I suspect I’ll be seeing more. Knowing how much I enjoy this genre and upon some trusted recommendations, I went ahead and grabbed the three book boxed set before I even began reading Shadow Of Danger. I’m now into the second book, Shadow Of Perception, which introduces some new ...more
Mar 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This author can certainly write sick twisted killers.

In this introduction to the series a local sheriff calls Ian Scott who runs CORE, an agency who tracks down killers that elude the police when the bodies of 4 women are found. For years two depraved men have been murdering women. Sometimes together and sometimes on their own. When one decides to dump the bodies of his latest victims almost in plain site their secret killing spree is now brought out into the open.

Celeste Risinski is
Black Butterfly
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ADULTS
Recommended to Black Butterfly by: AMAZON
Sep 01, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I started on this book and after a few chapters I chucked it. I don't like books that have a lot of obscene words in them. There are too many good mystery books out there that don't contain these words and they are excellent thrillers. I'm thinking of Harlan Coben for example.
Nancy Goodman
Sep 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

This book was a pleasure to read but wish I had the rest of them also.
Check out the book
Geri Winney
Jul 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Pretty decent. Standard insta-love conquers all, serial rapists be damned storyline. The best part of this book was the lack of ridiculous misunderstandings that could be resolved in 2.5 seconds if only they'd have a conversation. Oh, don't get me wrong, there was the requisite 375 "this isn't what it looks/sounds like" situations, but the girl didn't gather her skirts and flee the castle before it was sorted out, and the guy didn't go into a rage, with flying spittle and a 4 day beard. For ...more
Great crime mystery but too much "romance"

This book has a really good story line but the romantic interest sub-plot takes over a bit much at times & turns into an erotica novel. Needs more proof reading for a few spelling /grammar mistakes but not bad.

First book in a trilogy but not a cliffhanger ending so can be read as a stand alone book. Worth getting book 2 if you like romance books as much as gruesome mysteries.
Jan 08, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Dnf. This book sounded so promising. But unfortunately the main focus was on the two leads just constantly wanting to have sex with each other as soon as they met. I’m fine with sex/sexual tension in books but this was so cliched and not well written that I couldn’t get past it. I need more substance.
Casey Rosas
May 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disgusting and gruesome.

I was captured from the first scene. I liked the gory details, the sick and twisted minds and the foul language. My only criticism was the love story portion. It got to be redundant and just too much. I'm probably the minority with that opinion but reading love ain't my thing.
Donna Arthur
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A definite mystery

Right away the story line drew me in and the characters held my attention as the story unfolded interesting and surprising directions I want to read the next book in the series.
Gwynneth Ott
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome mystery and the love story was great too!

Like all good mysteries, you have to wait for the twist at the end. There were minor typos after 50%, or it would have been 5 stars.
Kathy Heare Watts
Nov 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won a signed copy of this book during an online giveaway. I am under no obligation to leave a review or rating and do so voluntarily. So that others may also enjoy this book, I am paying it forward by donating it a local library.
kim caldwell
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great read!

I love a good murder mystery mixed with new love and a psychic who had visions. Lots of twists and turns with two horrible murderers to be caught!
a u d r e y ♥
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I could have done without the romance, however, it was needed to steer the plot and the characters on to what I imagine is another 2 books minimum.

I thought the rest of the book was good. Rather cheesey, nothing sophisticated. But it checked the boxes. Small town girl with big dreams, mysterious agent from out of state, not one but two serial killers on the loose... It was a fun book although the trances general psychic abilities were a little over the top.
Sherry Fundin
She awoke, fighting for her life and tears running down her face. She knew the woman was dead. This was not the first time she had felt the evil perpetrated on another as if it were happening to her. It wouldn't be the last either.

Four nights and four nightmares. Would it ever end?

Roy had four dead women on his hands and needed help. He put in a call to Ian, the head of CORE. Ian knew John Cain was the man for the job and sent him to Wissota Falls.

Celeste had come home to Wissota Falls to take
Trish R.
Oct 19, 2015 rated it liked it
An ok story..

You really had to be kind of thick skinned to listen to what these serial did for their sick pleasure. Also, you have to NOT be bothered by swearing. The F-BOMB was let lose 83 times, which doesn’t bother me but I know you puritans can’t abide it.

I did find myself skimming pages now and then, since 414 pages are a little much. It was like the author was looking to add more and more “stuff” just to make the book longer. Like the part with Ian and Celeste relationship. It was MADE
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, but I have to be honest the content of the murders isn't a subject matter that I would normally read, and it's quite graphic from the first page. However, despite that I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's certainly not a book for the faint hearted, the murders are described in graphic detail, and the thoughts and feelings of the murderers as they commit the acts are nothing short of grotesque. Through Celeste we feel the terror and final moments of the ...more
Maggie Thom
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Celeste is a psychic who sees too much and what she sees, might just get her in trouble. Four women have died in the local area and Celeste has had visions of their deaths. The local sheriff believes her but John who belongs to a private investigative company who has been called in to help, does not. He wants hard evidence and facts. He refuses to believe her… at least until the evidence starts showing that there may be something to what she is seeing and saying. There is an instant attraction ...more
Maggie Bermann
Oct 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Four women have been found dead in the outskirts of a small Wisconsin town. The only witness, clairvoyant Celeste Risinski, observes these brutal murders through violent nightmares and hellish visions. The local sheriff, who believes in Celeste’s abilities and wants to rid their peaceful community of a killer, enlists the help of an old friend, Ian Scott, owner of a private criminal investigation agency, CORE. Because of Ian’s dark history with Celeste’s family, a history she knows nothing ...more
This book has everything!!! Great characters, evil killers, psychic visions, romance, & surprises!!!
Celeste is living her life for others. After her mom died and her dad left her to run the Diner, she gave up her life to help out her family. Suddenly the shell of her safe, yet unfulfilling world starts to crash in on her, one nightmare at a time. But are the nightmares psychic visions or just the horrific imaginings her mind has created? As dead women start showing up, the police chief, a
Jun 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compelling, dark, violent, romantic suspense page turner.

WARNING: From the first pages of the prologue, occurring 12yrs earlier, there is pure evil, violence, rape and murder.
In the present day the same theme continues with psychic, Celeste Risinki, having violent images/visions in her nightmares. Writing down her premonitions after becoming the victims in her sleep, she reports to her surrogate uncle/friend the sheriff. In turn, he then relays everything to the founder of C.O.R.E...Criminal
Alexandra G.
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: loved-it, fantasy
4.5 stars
Oh, wow. I did not expect this.

Before I started this book, it did not seem like much. It sat on my 'maybe' shelve for a while.
I'm so fucking glad I finally started it! It was so much more than what I expected.
Shadow of Danger is a book full of mystery, action, violence and crude reality. It's really horrible that there are these type of people out there. Serial killers, rapists and such, and not all of them are caught.
This book presents all those horrifying aspects of life but at
Rose Wynters
May 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was generously provided a copy of this book by the author and Goddess Fish promotions in exchange for an honest review. My interest was caught immediately by the description. It looked extremely interesting, the kind of book that just hooks you and makes you want to finish it in just one night.

It far surpassed my expectations! I just got finished reading it, and quite frankly had to immediately post a review. From the very beginning, the very first page, this author ropes you in and you love
This book is not for the faint of heart regarding graphic serial killer material - but combined with the thriller aspect of the storyline, made for suspenseful reading. The book would have been 4 stars but for the authors failure to write romance believably and succinctly.
Making this book 25% longer than it needed to be was the repetitive character introspection regarding a budding romance/relationship. The author kind of beats a dead horse here. As for characters in a new relationship
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Kristine Mason is the bestselling author of the popular romantic suspense trilogies, C.O.R.E. Shadow and Ultimate C.O.R.E. She is currently working on her next series, C.O.R.E. Above the Law, along with more Psychic C.O.R.E. novels.

Although Kristine has published a few contemporary romance novels, she focuses most of her energy on her romantic suspense stories, which she loves for their blend of

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CORE Shadow Trilogy (3 books)
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