The Shadow Writer
Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others.
Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality....more
Graye Templeton wants to be a writer, but she also needs to live under the radar, while she distances herself from an unbelievably shocking childhood. However, it seems that luck is finally shining on Graye when she backs into a dream job working for Laura West, a star blogger who has catapulted authors from obscurity to bestsellers. Now, if Graye can only get Laura to realize she is not only a great assistant, but a promising ...more
Graye Templeton wants two things in life, first to escape her truly horrific past and second to become an author. She wants to be real, and seen and knows that the best way to achieve this goal is to publish the book she's been working on for some time. When Graye lands the job as a TA to the best selling author and now professor at her university, David West, she feels like the tides are finally turning and luck is sure to follow. When Graye accidentally bum ...more
Graye had an abusive, lonely childhood that included the murder of her mother wh ...more
Graye Templeton has tried to move on from her horrific childhood and aspires to ...more
Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she's accepted a new job as a protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of acclaimed novelist. Laura's connections could make Graye's publishing dreams a reality. But there's more to Laura than meets the eye.
This is the first book that I have read by the author and I can honestly say that I did not know what I was going to get ...more
This book was in a word UNPREDICTABLE! A crazy ride! A plot full of twists and turns and characters with agendas you are never privy to. Eliza Maxwell has crafted a dark disturbing tale about obsession and manipulation. Unreliable, unlikable, self serving narrators who left a bad taste in my mouth. I am still baffled as to how we got from that first chapter to the last, but it sure was entertaining getting there.
Here is a quote from the book I think all my book r ...more
Graye Templeton is an aspiring author. She had a tough, abusive childhood and one that still colors her darkest days.
Graye has been hired as a right-hand to Laura West, wife to an acclaimed novelist and big-time book blogger. Working for Laura might take Graye to the next level in writing and give her the connections she needs.
However, Laura is not-so-simple.
Everything is falling apart for her. Her marriage is in a tailspin. Her husband ha ...more
She signs the visitor's log, and the receptionist passes her a neon-green sticker to affix to her shirt. Proof that Graye isn’t some rogue criminal, there to ravish old ladies and steal pieces from the jigsaw puzzles.
She stares at him for a beat, struggling to remind herself of the man she knows he can be—when he isn’t being this one. It’s getting more difficult every day to bring that man to mind.
Whom you choose to be married to is your business, Laura. I decided a long time ago ...more
I’m actually left so speechless I don’t even have the words to write a full review even 2 months after finishing this book, they just wouldn’t do it justice.
If you want to be taken on the craziest, emotional journey of your life then read this book and try and write a review yourself because I give up!
Graye Templeton had a horrific childhood, one that she hoped to escape and put behind her. She gets a job working with Laura West - a blogger a ...more
Both Laura and Graye were complex women who were not altogether very likable but I tend to enjoy reading about unlikable (and unreliable) charac ...more
“The Shadow Writer” is a fast-paced, suspenseful read. There are few unexpected twists and the story has a dark and sinister feel to it. I enjoyed the story and the mystery within the pages of this book, however I did have a hard time connecting with the characters. I am not sure why but the characters felt flat to me and I just could not relate to any of them. There were also few places where I felt disconnected from the story, places where the story jumped in a time period witho ...more
I've read every book written by Eliza Maxwell, even though she writes the type of stories that I usually don't read that often. However, I have become a fan of her writing and her great story-telling abilities. She really knows how to grab and put me on the edge of my seat. Her stories are suspenseful, mysterious and dark. They are unpredictable and you'll always get hit by a twist that you don't see coming. So when I started reading ...more
I have only read a few of Eliza Maxwell's books, but each one has left me wondering how in the world she (or any other author) can derive such diabolical scenarios. And very few characters are who they purport themselves to be in this book. Graye is the biggest mystery and the things we learn ab ...more
Oh how juicy and tantalizing this dynamic is between Laura and Graye! Eliza put all I could ever want into one story, and I couldn't get enough of it! She gave me this explosion of personalities in this pair of alternating perspectives which beautifully complemented each other, an immediate heart-stopping hook, and a huge twist in the first ten pages. Swoon! Then all her fun details with a character who reads dirty romanc ...more
“He smells of salt and booze, sweat and inadequacy.”
Talk about your compl ...more
The mystery surrounding Graye instantly drew me i ...more
Instead of ruining the plot for you, let’s focus on characters and writing style.
I’ll admit that when I started listening to this book, I wasn’t sure if I could trust any of the characters. And by the end, I’m still no ...more
The Shadow Writer is a complex labyrinth of lies, manipulation, and characters that may or may not be guilty of heinous crimes or be victims of horrific family dynamics. Who's really to blame once the dust settles an ...more
Much of the novel is told from the point of view of Graye Templeton, a young woman whom we initially meet when she accide ...more
The Shadow Writer is dark, twisted, mysterious and enthralling. I was completely captivated by the mystery in the book and trying to figure out what characters did what. For the first time since college, I stayed up way too late past my bedtime to finish this book ...more
Every corner seemed to have twist after dark, twist! I just barely finished the last chapter, and I’m in a complete state of utter amazement! (Which please forgive me I this review sounds spaced because it’s so hard ...more
Thank you to the author for my gifted copy.
As is the conscious of our primar ...more
I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.
Eliza Maxwell's previous novel, THE WIDOW'S WATCHER, was one of my favorite reads last year, so when I saw her newest book was a thriller involving a book blogger, I couldn't wait to get my hands on its pages!
As a huge fan of the thriller genre, I have read many titles, and I must say that this one stands up there with many of the more widely known! Featuring unlikeable and unreliable characters with ambiguou ...more
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