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Shadow Sister

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Ava, a woman troubled by her traumatic childhood, moves back to her childhood home to confront her past. Oh, and her house just might be haunted. Her brother, Jaimie, wants nothing to do with their home until…. His new wife becomes obsessed with it. Other troubled characters from their past appear to complicate things. 

It’s filled with twists and turns. Some predictable, some not. But all were enjoyable. I couldn’t put this book down. 

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with an ebook ARC copy in exchange for my honest review.
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Years later, Sarah is going back to that hunted house that troubled her for years. Her mother’s dead story wasn’t so believable for her as everyone was trying to sell it. 
Told from multiple narrators, the story was intriguing enough to make me want keep reading until I found out what’s actually happening. 
The ending is not as much as a big twists as some may expect but one that was unpredictable for me. 
The chilling parts where the house is hunted and some other more intense scenes brought up a lot of questions of who’s really behind everything. Because some clues were pointing to one character when in fact it was someone else altogether. 
Entertaining and interesting read. 

🆓📖 Very grateful to the publisher for my review copy
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Follow along with Ava as she goes back to her childhood home to find closure. The house is haunted by horrible memories and a ghost, Cinderella. Ava and Jamie's mother died when they were young, and she has never truly moved past what happened. Everyone believes that she died from a disease, but she can't shake the feeling that her mother was murdered. The story is also told from the perspective of Sarah, Jamie's new wife. Ava goes back and forth between believing there is something off about Sarah and that everything is causing her to become extremely paranoid. The third perspective is told from Didi from years ago - making you believe that maybe she had something to do with the murder. Just when I thought I knew was happening, Marcott gives you just enough information to know that you're wrong. At the end of the story, I felt like I had the right idea, just not everything which kept the story intriguing and left me satisfied with the ending.
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Great read! There’s murder, haunting sand mysteries! Love this type of book! I love how Ava continues to seek answers despite what’s being thrown at her! This was a quick read! Love it!
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Would be a thriller read I love and remember a long time for sure. The way the author writes made the book feels fast paced because it was gripping and I fly through the pages, I just wanna keep flipping. The characters are ones I genuinely want to root for and care about, each has motives and stories that are not too overwhelming, just realistic enough to be understood.

The plot twist. I personally am not someone who's a big fan nor critical about a twist, it can be there or not be there for me to love a book, but it needs to be believable enough and this book did just that. I'd say it's a smart one and impactful enough, but then again, not a big plot twist frenzy so I might not be the best judge for it.

If you love Jennifer McMahon, I think you'd love this too. The story writing was nice, it's a thriller but it also makes you feel warm at times about the tragic family and sibling bond. 

(NetGalley provide me an eARC copy of this book for me to review.)
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I loved everything about this book! I did figure the book out part way through, but it didn't dampen my enthusiasm for finishing it. A creepy old family home, slightly bizarre characters and an old-fashioned gothic feeling kept me reading. I will warn a potential reader that if they are uncomfortable reading about mental illness, this book isn't for you.
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Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the copy of Shadow Sister. This book started out great, it was atmospheric and creepy. This was still a great read because the writing really drew me in, it was just the execution of the ending that was disappointing to me. 
I had a feeling about the big reveal and I was right, but was disappointed with the way the reveal happened and I wish it hadn’t been so obvious. I’m not sure I liked any of the characters except for maybe Ava’s mother, but at least they were all interesting! 3.5 stars rounded up.
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Thank you very much for the opportunity to read this book. I liked it, and would like to read more by the same author!
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Way too slow paced for me. I had the big reveal figured out at about 35% of the way in, so the rest of the book seemed to really drag for me. I was so glad when I finished the book.
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I guessed one of the twists but what a phenomenal book! The story was detailed enough that I didn’t feel like I was missing anything, but pressed enough that I wanted to race through it. Prefect combination of thriller and ghost story!! I could not put it down. Read it in a day.
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Returning to your haunted childhood home, spooky

Thank you so much for allowing me to read and review your titles. I really not the opportunity! 

I do appreciate it and continue to review books that I get the chance to read.
Thanks again!
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I would definitely recommend reading this book. If you love mysteries, a bit of romance, & are not afraid of discussing or reading about mental illnesses then this is the book for you.

The first few chapters of this book confused me as there are actually two time lines. The first is from Ava, James, & Sarah's point of view. On the other hand Didi's timeline is in the past slowly merging to the present. 

Somehow all the characters are connected to each other one way or another. The connection slowly unfolds as the story progresses. When the first plot twist is happened I already had a feeling that something like that would happen & I was proven right. The revelation & confirmation of the plot twist itself caught me by surprise. The second plot twist caught me off guard because I never expected it to happen. I absolutely love that Ava still got her happy ending though.

Although the first few chapters of this books greatly confused my once I got the hang of it this book has become one of my favorites. A must reread book. I hope to read more books written by Lindsay Marcott.
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Shadow sister is my first read from this author and I really enjoyed it. The novel is absolutely chilling, thrilling and horrifying. The synopsis of the novel was the main reason which engrossed me and honestly after reading the novel I'm fascinated. 
Overall it's a good story with fast paced and well written and also the story was quite predictable though.
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Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for allowing me to review this book.

Ava and her brother grew up in a haunted mansion but when their mother mysteriously died, they moved away to live with a relative. Now they are all grown up, and Ava yearns to discover what really happened o their mother. She moves back into Blackworh Mansion to unravel the past, but is her mind unraveling as well?

This was a decent read. I figured out most of the twists almost immediately, so there were no real gasp-worthy moments, but it wasn't a bad read. I would say this one will make a great summer read because it's not hard to follow and it's easy to devour in a sitting or two.
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This book is a mystery written by an ingenious author who has written a cannot put down novel.  I wanted to see what would happen next.  So many red herrings through me off...I kept guessing incorrectly.  Some of the characters are likable...others just NOT.  A mysterious old mansion with a ghost.  A plethora of characters who are so different with their secrets...secrets abound in this book.  Can anyone be trusted?  Are the memories real or fiction?  What happened to the mom and dad?  Murder?  Poison?  This book is not one for the reader who wants a cozy mystery.  This reads almost like Agatha Christie except it is not written in a linear timeline.  Don't miss this book which was sent to me by Netgalley for review.
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Shadow Sister by Lindsay Marcott is a likable thriller full of ghosts, stalkers, and murders. It's planned release is for October of 2022. Just in time for spooky season!

Synopsis: Ava grew up in a haunted mansion, envied by all her friends. But when her mother died mysteriously there, the thrills of Blackworth Mansion became nightmares. Ava never accepted that her mother perished from natural causes, but no one would believe her.

Seventeen years later, Ava returns home to unravel the truth of her mother’s death―and her own demons quickly follow. Her estranged and vindictive father may be stalking her. Her secretive new sister-in-law lands on her doorstep with troubles of her own. And then there’s the strange girl who may or may not be haunting the grounds. Even Ava’s romance with her first crush is shadowed by her suspicions.

When Ava makes a terrifying discovery on the property, she must decide just how far into the past she’s willing to go. Some secrets can be deadly―especially the ones Ava’s kept hidden in the dark.

My thoughts: Shadow Sister kept me reading, even though I found it predictable. Foreshadowing is an excellent literary tool, but I felt like it was less shadowing and more a flashing neon sign. Perhaps the authors intent was never to keep things hidden until the big reveal, but I think it would have kept me on the edge of my seat a little more.
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Ava’s story is filled with mystery, grief, adventure, love and the people that make it a great book. Nice to find something interesting/absorbing that fulfills all the things I love best about reading.
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Haunted, haunted and more haunted. Deliciously so. 

Ava and James grow up in a haunted house. It’s cool…until it’s not. Until it takes their mother and part of her childhood and somehow dumps a weird sister-in-law on her doorstep. Then, it’s just frightening. 

I really enjoyed Lindsay Marcott’s last book, Mrs. Rochester’s Ghost. Her name is what drew me to reading this book. Then I read the synopsis and well, I’m a sucker for a good ghost story. This didn’t disappoint. 

Shadow Sister has all the gothic horror feels. Creepy mansion with a dark history. Some strange characters, like Ava’s father and sister-in-law. Blackwood Mansion is written very much like a character on its own in this story. It lives and breathes and seems to move with the story with as much flesh and blood as the human people (and just as strange). 

What worked well for me: 
•	Gothic ghost story
•	Great atmosphere. Spooky and dark. It was hard to imagine the sun shining on this mansion at all. It always felt stormy. 
•	Good backstory for the characters. Nice bit of growth for Ava and James. 
•	Decent ending and nice wrap up. 
•	Loved the multiple points of view. It was woven nicely so I didn’t feel lost at all. 

What didn’t work for me: 
•	It was a little predictable. I knew who “dun it” pretty quickly. 
•	The history of the mansion didn’t seem to really play into the events that happened in Ava’s family. 

Overall, this was a nice read. It’s a fast read so the pace is really good and you’re not left lingering too long in one place which it good. If you like gothic ghost stories, I would recommend this one!
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I loved this book so much more than I thought it would. I did not see THAT twist coming but it was GOOD. The setting was perfect, creepy house, unsolved murders, different timelines, different POVs. The last couple of chapters felt a little rushed, and at times the characters said things that were just too far-fetched, but it made for a good story.
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Shadow sister is the chilling story of a young woman who returns to her haunted childhood home to unravel the deadly mysteries of her family’s past.  DAMN. FABULOUS!… Had me gasping in shock many times!
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