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Shadow Girl

(An Afton Tangler Thriller #2)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  99 reviews
The brutal murder of a business tycoon leaves Afton Tangler and the Twin Cities reeling, but that s just the beginning of a gruesome crime spree...

Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published August 1st 2017 by Berkley Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This review was featured in my Mini Review Monday segment

Once again, this is another book where I don’t want to discuss the plot due to spoilers and all that jazz, but I was once again blown away and think I’ve found a new series to follow! Afton Tangler is different than many female protagonists we see in crime fiction, specifically police procedurals; most books tend to feature females who are either calloused and unfeeling or emotionally fragile. Here, we see an equal balance of both, which g
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Looking for a just-plain-good murder mystery with no female histrionics, flashbacks or chapters that flip back and forth from the perspectives of seven different characters? By golly, this one fills the bill. It's the second in a two-book series, and I must say I didn't feel at a disadvantage for not having read the first. Still, this one's good enough that if I could do it over again, I'd start at the beginning with Little Girl Gone (always my advice to anyone jumping into a series, BTW).

This o
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
While this is the second book in the series, it's the first book I have read by this author. I was pulled in by the synopsis because I love cop stories. Thrills and twists galore, the action never stops!

This book was very easy to follow even though it was book two in a series. I never knew if I was missing something. Everything just flowed. Plus, it was a quick and easy read.

I love the high levels of activity in the story. Never a dull moment with this one. With plenty of action, the flawless w
Maureen DeLuca
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Afton Tangler series- and it is fast becoming one of my newest favorite in crime drama/police procedure type books.

Being that this is only book number 2- I would highly recommend you start off by reading the first book Little Girl Gone which was an excellent book as well.

In this story we are privy to the identities of the perpetrators from the beginning, very much like the first book where we also knew who 'the bad guys are'. It makes for an interesting read-This
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

In this follow up to Little Girl Gone we find Afton Tangler tangled up in another police investigation. Something she loves as she hopes to become a full fledged detective instead of a family liaison officer.

A helicopter bringing a donor heart from Madison, Wisconsin is shot down out of the sky crashing down on a college campus. Afton and Detective Max Montgomery were nearby for a neighborhood meeting so they become some of the first responders. Deputy Chief Gerald Thacker ass
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Family Liaison Officer Afton Tangler finds herself in the middle of a horrifying investigation. A wealthy businessman, Leland Odin, is in the hospital awaiting a heart transplant. When the helicopter transporting the heart is shot down and the heart is destroyed, Odin’s life hangs in the balance. It’s up to Afton and her partner to figure out who could have been this cruel. Their investigation leads to several different suspects, but only one could be this ruthless.

Afton finds her own family in
Susan McGrath
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of Shadow Girl by Gerry Schmitt from the publisher (Penguin Random House/ Berkley) through a Shelf Awareness Giveaway.

This is a detective(ish) novel, following a woman (Afton) who works as a Family liason with a police department in Minneapolis. The story starts off with a very interesting premise. A helicopter is shot out of the sky. The helicopter was carrying a human heart destined for the nearby hospital and the CEO of a large shopping network. The heart is
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Afton Tanger series, and it's awesome. It's filled with non stop action through the entire book. Another series that takes place in my hometown of Minneapolis. It's always fun to read a book and know the entire area where it's happening. Afton, who is a liaison officer (not a police officer, at least not yet) is teamed up with Minneapolis Detective Montgomery, (Max). She's learning the tricks of the trade while shadowing Max. I suspect in the very near future she w ...more
This was definitely a non-cozy mystery and definitely suspenseful, but I'm not sure I'd consider it a thriller. It didn't really have the fast-paced story line that I'm used to having in a thriller. It moved along steadily, it just didn't seem as fast-paced as most thrillers I've read. Overall, it's a good book, but it wasn't real fast-paced (tho' it wasn't slow either) and I felt the ending was a bit anti-climatic, which is why I only gave it a 4-star rating.

While this is actually the 2nd book
Aug 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-series
Damn, this book was bad. And not Mars Attacks! bad, this was just bad.

Shadow Girl is not a mystery or a thriller; its just about a single mother running around playing Middle Aged Nancy Drew as she and a detective try to figure out why a billionaire CEO was targeted for death.

This book is chockfull of racist stereotypes that include:

1. A white woman who began her career as a prostitute but rose through the ranks due to her sexual prowess to marry a Thai drug mob boss and head his cartel afte
Amanda McGill
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
I think this series has the potential to be a really good mystery series, however in the first two novels, we know who the bad guy is within the first few chapters! I wish there was more mystery instead of here are the bad guys, now let's see if the good guys can catch them!

A helicopter is shot down from the sky. It due to the fact that it is carrying millionaire's Leland Odin's transplant heart. Someone really doesn't want Leland to live. In fact, after the crash, someone goes into Leland's hos
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: daniele

Shadow Girl
Afton Tangler Thriller, Book #2
By Gerry Schmitt
ISBN# 9780425281789
Author’s website:
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele


Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can t save his life. On the list for a transplant, the ailing businessman sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky.

Now with two pilots dead and dozens injured, Afton Tangl
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was my second book by Gerry Schmitt and I am definitely looking forward to the third. As a matter of fact, I can't wait!

This book starts out with a helicopter being shot out of the air with a missile. The helicopter was bringing a new heart to the CEO of Diamond Shopping Network. He was all set to receive it. Well, that didn't happen. But it started this book off with a bang, literally.

While trying to discover if Leland Odin, the CEO, had any enemies or a reason why someone would want him d
3.5 stars.

The second installment in Gerry Schmitt's Afton Tangler Thriller series, Shadow Girl is an intriguing police procedural about a plot to murder a home shopping network mogul.

Minneapolis Family Liaison Officer Afton Tangler and her partner Detective Max Montgomery are among the first on the scene of a horrific helicopter crash. They quickly learn the crash was no accident-someone deliberately shot the helo out of sky.  The discovery the copter was delivering a donor heart for multi-milli
Jen (The Jenerator)
Feb 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: schmitt-gerry
I think I liked the first one in the series better. This one struggled to keep me entertained a bit. However in the end....A DOG SAVES THE DAY!!!!!!! You know I love a story with a nice ending and a hero doggie! :) :) :)
This is the second book by Gerry Schmitt that I have read and was not disappointed. Truly believable characters, and a story which stirs so many different emotions from within. Absolutely loved this book and would highly recommend reading it. I love the way she grips the reader and draws you completely into the lives of the characters. Fantastic paced thriller you can really get into. If you have already read the first novel in the series (Little Girl Gone) than I would definitely recommend read ...more
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was selected as one of the winners of an advanced reading copy of Shadow Girl for an honest review.
I thought being that this was a series I wouldn't understand the book very well. After a few chapters though I figured out who was who and what roles they played. You don't need to read the first book to fill you in on the second book. Which is a huge plus. (Still going to read it though)
This is definitely one of those page turners. I couldn't help but keep reading to find out what happened next
Viviane Crystal
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Girl: An Afton Tangler Thriller No. 2. Gerry Schmitt. Penguin Publishing Group. August 2017. 320 pp. ISBN #: 9780425281789.

This old-fashioned mystery opens with the reader discovering that a woman packs a long-range missile and proceeds to calmly shoot down a helicopter, an act that not only obviously kills the pilot and his assistant but also causes numerous injuries when the pieces fall on the streets of Minneapolis. What’s more important, however, is that the helicopter was carrying a
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
3.5 stars (I like it quite a lot)

Kudos to Ms. Schmitt for creating such a novel way to try to murder someone. I was hooked on the story from the moment the helicopter carrying our victim's heart was shot down. I consider this more of a police procedural than a thriller since we know the perpetrator(s) from the very beginning. I wish there was more mystery for the reader to untagle, but it is exciting to go along with Afton and Max as they figure it all out. Readers must suspend reality a bit fo
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
I won an advanced reader’s copy of “Shadow Girl (Afton Tangler #2)” b Gerry Schmitt, on and am posting an honest review. I gave it a rating of 4 stars.

This book, a sequel to Little Girl Gone, tracks Afton Tangler, a Family Liaison Officer with the Minneapolis Police Department, who aspires to become a detective. Surprisingly, she’s allowed to shadow Detective Max Montgomery on a bizarre case in which a helicopter delivering a donor heart is blown out of the sky by a personnel-launc
Diana | Book of Secrets
May 17, 2017 marked it as sorry-not-for-me
In spite of the intriguing premise and exciting opening, this book wasn't able to hold my attention past the first few chapters. We're presented with the "bad guys" up front which took away much of the mystery/suspense element. Some of what happened was way too unbelievable. I really enjoyed the first Afton Tangler book, Little Girl Gone, but unfortunately the follow up didn't work for me, though I'd definitely give the next in the series a try. Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for the o ...more
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook-arc
Great followup to the first Afton Tangler Thriller! Wonderful characters and a thrilling storyline made this one a winner for me!

Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in this series. I love the main character in this and how the author writes. I'm always hooked from the first chapter. I really hope there will be more books in this series! ...more
Lelia Taylor
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
When I read the first Afton Tangler book, Little Girl Gone, last fall, I was impressed with the seeming ease ---except I'm sure it wasn't easy---with which Gerry Schmitt made the transition from her Laura Childs persona. I know authors try their hands at different genres and subgenres all the time but, in my opinion, they don't always succeed. For the most part, I thought Ms. Schmitt did what she set out to do and I have been waiting ever since to see if her second book would be as good; I have ...more
Deana Dick
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a spine tingling edge of your seat book this is. I remember reading Little Girl Gone from this author. She introduced readers to Afton and Max. I was so impressed with that book, I couldn't wait for the next one. Can I just say Wow! It's been awhile since I sat and read a book that terrified me with precision action and intrigued me so much it was impossible to put the book down. I know people say that all the time , but this reader literally couldn't pry her eyes from the book. It is one i ...more
Nov 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Love the Twin Cities references to pinpoint exactly where things are taking place.

Leland Odin made his fortune launching a home shopping network, but his millions can’t save his life. On the list for a transplant, he sees all hope lost when the helicopter carrying his donor heart is shot out of the sky. Mom Chao Cherry & accomplice Narong get into his room and kill him. They want the boatload of drugs that Odin intercepted. Both asians have a strong cocaine habit which is supplied by Owen Hack,
Beth Peninger
Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley for this reader's copy. In exchange, I am providing an honest review.

Afton Tangler, family liaison officer, is back on the streets investigating a shocking murder. On a dark night, a missile shoots through the air and connects with a helicopter. It's discovered that this helicopter was carrying a new heart for millionaire Leland Odin. Who was the target? Those in the helicopter or Odin? The answers to those questions come quickly when Odin is found with his nec
Sep 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Afton Tangler is a family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department. She's got great instincts and hopes to become a detective one day. On a ride-along with her partner Max Montgomery, she unexpectedly gets pulled into a murder investigation when a helicopter carrying a heart for a wealthy client explodes. Almost as soon as the investigation begin, bodies start to pile up. Afton soon finds herself the center of the murder's attention, putting her family in danger.

Shadow Girl is told
Berkley Publishing Group and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of Shadow Girl. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given.

Family liaison officer for the Minneapolis Police Department, Afton Tangler, is once again teamed up with Max, a veteran homicide detective. Allowed to investigate the murders of two pilots, who were on approach to the hospital with a donor heart for a high profile patient, Afton and Max soon uncover a serious plot with deadly imp
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.

Starting on No. 2, I think I may have lost a little of the history of the characters. Probably would be best to start with No. 1.

This was marketed as a thriller, but I wouldn’t characterize it as such. Everything is laid out from the beginning, and while the reader knows the truth, the police don’t. This is a detective story, but not a mystery/thriller. That being said, it was great writing--
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Also writes using the pseudonym Laura Childs

Gerry Schmitt is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty-five mysteries, including the Afton Tangler Thrillers, as well as the Tea Shop, Scrapbooking, and the Cackleberry Club mysteries, written under the pen name Laura Childs. She is the former CEO of her own marketing firm, has won dozens of TV and radio awards, produced two reality T

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