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The Shadow Girls

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I really wish I had known that this was part of a series before requesting it. Sometimes it doesn’t make much of a difference because the plots aren’t directly connected between books, but in this case, I definitely felt like I had missed a lot, which took away from my enjoyment of the story overall:
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Delve into the depths of a chilling mystery with Alice Blanchard's gripping novel, "The Shadow Girls."

Detective Natalie Lockhart, still reeling from the recent attack on her partner, Lieutenant Luke Pittman, finds herself embroiled in a case that sends shivers down her spine. The discovery of Randolph Holmes, a seemingly innocuous employee of a local costume store, murdered in his apartment, unearths a disturbing secret.

As Natalie delves deeper into the investigation, she uncovers a web of connections to a long-forgotten tragedy – the kidnapping and disappearance of several young girls from Burning Lake, her hometown. The harrowing details of the unsolved case resurface, casting a shadow of fear and suspicion over the community.

Blanchard masterfully weaves suspense and psychological tension, keeping the reader guessing until the very end. The characters are well-developed and relatable, their struggles and motivations adding depth to the narrative.

Natalie's determination and resilience shine through as she confronts the darkness of the past and the dangers of the present. Her personal connection to the case lends an emotional weight to the story, making the stakes even higher.

"The Shadow Girls" is a captivating tale of suspense, secrets, and the enduring impact of trauma. Blanchard's writing is both gripping and thought-provoking, leaving a lasting impression on the reader.
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This is book four in the Natalie Lockhart series, and it was a fantastic addition. The Shadow Girls is a complex and thrilling police procedural. There are multiple cases being solved, and Natalie is dealing with a lot of personal drama.

I loved how action-packed and fast-paced the story was. It was certainly never dull. Finally, there were answers to a mystery that spanned the entire series. There was so much going on in this book that, at times, I had to slow down to take it all in. But it was wonderful and compelling in the best way possible. 

This read like it could be the last book in the series. If it was, it was an excellent and exciting conclusion. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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I didn't realize that this was a book within a series when I first started reading it. However, I think that the author did an excellent job making it accessible to those who haven't read the previous installments. This was a little slow paced, but had enough twists and turns to keep me engaged.
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Natalie Lockheart is a detective in a small town. She is struggling with the attack on her fellow officer and good friend, Officer Pittman. He is currently in the hospital from an attack by another officer. She is seriously considering leaving the force. She is still haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Bella, when they were in high school. The case was never solved, although there was evidence that Bella left on her own.

Natalie becomes involved in a case where a man was murdered in the famous Halloween store. While investigating the case, she comes across a literal house of  horrors and discovers that the victim in her case was not the innocent man he had at first appeared to be. Stranger still, the case has ties to what happened to Bella all those years ago.

This is a great read that kept me guessing throughout!

Thank you to Net Galley for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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This mystery was so enjoyable that I finished it in less than 24 hours. I love to see the progression of the characters we have seen in the last few books and how the threads are all coming together. Can't wait for the next one in the series!
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I did not finish this one, it was not for me, I couldn't relate to the characters, and just did not care for the story.
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The Shadow Girls is a fast paced, exciting, surprising adventure (to say the least). 

I love thrillers but many of them are TOO fast paced with no wiggle room. The Shadow Girls was the opposite. I feel like there was a perfect balance of normalcy and shockers. 

On every page, there was a new secret to discover. I audibly gasped multiple times because I was thoroughly surprised. 

I did realize, about halfway through, that someone was involved in some way and rolled my eyes. I still couldn’t stop reading and I’m so happy I did!! Talk about a shock factor! 

Natalie was a wonderful MC. You see her struggle with her personal demons, her past, losses, triumphs, and staying true to herself. I couldn’t have loved her more!

There was just so much I loved about The Shadow Girls!
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Nicely paced, full of action and intrigue.  I have not read this author before and was able to pick up the book as if I knew the characters - that takes some skill in series-style books.  Nice use of suspense and mystery.
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This is the perfect read for October - it's got a great plot, witches, murder, and plenty of shocking twists. I just love the Lockhart series in general and I enjoy reading Alice Blanchard. The character of Natalie Lockhart really has remained a deep, well written character.
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Rating: 4; dark, twisted, exciting: The Shadow Girls is the fourth book about detective Natalie Lockhart that has me wanting to read the first three.

I’ve read a lot of mystery novels out of order, but this was not the series to do that with. I’ll preface this review by saying I have not read the first three Natalie Lockhart novels, but I could follow along with context clues. It was a bit hard at times, so I highly recommend you start with Trace of Evil. Don’t make the same mistakes I made. 

Natalie Lockhart has seen some things. In The Shadow Girls, Natalie Lockhart has solved a few high profile cases in her small town of Burning Lake and is contemplating quitting until she is presented with a murder at a costume shop in March. Slowly, she starts to unravel a bigger plot in her witchy hometown.

Natalie was incredibly fun to follow around because she reacted to events with poise and logic (which was so refreshing). She had ups and downs, and they all felt real and sensible. You do follow her through more than just solving a single case (she has some extreme baggage and trauma, plus some romance troubles), so if be prepared for some more personal drama, too. 

Because this is the fourth book in a series, seemingly unrelated strings get tied together in incredibly interesting ways. Small details came back into play after you were sure it wasn’t important; the reader is rewarded for paying close attention. I really wish I had been reading the series from the start, because it was mind-blowing. 

If you’ve been looking for a female detective series, this is a great one. It was a bit of a slow start for me simply because I had no clue what happened in the past books, but once I got the hang of things I was hooked. It felt incredibly cinematic at times, and I’d love to see these books as a TV series. 

The Shadow Girls explores dark and heavy topics, so if you have any concerns about content and triggers, please reach out. 

Thank you to the St. Martin's Publishing Group Influencer Program for for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review.
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I picked up this book not realizing that it was a third installment of a series.  Although I had not read the previous stories I was able to piece together the characters and plots and was happy to plug along.  Lots of action kept me interested but I wish I had started at the beginning. All in all a good read. 

Thank you NetGalley for this arc
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The Shadow Girls is 4th in the Natalie Lockhart series

With this series, I recommend starting at the beginning. I'm all for a great mystery but struggled a few times to stay connected with the story. It's got a great mix of action, mystery, romance but just wasn't my cup of tea. 

Thank you to NetGalley, the author and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an ARC copy.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Natalie Lockhart works a detective in the small town of Burning Lake, New York which is famous for it's incomparably enticing and spectacular Halloween celebrations in the U.S. and people come from all over to see and take part in all the festivities that Burning Lake has to offer with all of the uniquely charming and whimsical shops that are run and owned by real modern day witches. The town still has many covens of witches who practice and deal in white magic magic with their healing herbs and potions etc. Natalie has gained unwanted notoriety with the last two cases she solved that has left her with a lot of emotional and psychological baggage which has left her seriously thinking of leaving the police department. 

Before Natalie has a chance to catch her breath another savage and gruesome murder takes place inside the wonderful Halloween store which is opened year round carrying the best costumes anyone could imagine wearing to any type of costumed occasion.   Still reeling from the critical shooting of her longtime best friend Luke Pittman from her unsolved previous case Natalie knows she's not going anywhere which doesn't sit well with her current boyfriend who wants Natalie to settle down with him and leave her stressful work life behind.

While investigating this current murder Nat discovers a mysterious house of hidden horrors that may be tied to many unsolved cases going back a few decades and wonders if her friend (Bella) who disappeared when they were teenagers might also be part of this case.   Natalie has never recovered from Bella disappearing without a trace on their high school graduation night so she is always trying to find her even though it was listed as an official closed case and Bella being confirmed (with evidence) as a runaway.   As the cases get more complex with so many suspects involved Nat finds herself being watched or maybe stalked and realizes her life is now in the crosshairs of one or more dangerous unknown persons who want to see her as their next victim.

This was another entertaining and atmospheric book in the Natalie Lockhart series.   Natalie is a wonderful character with a life full of unwanted drama which follows.her everywhere.   I enjoy watching her growth as a woman and a detective.   The town of Burning Lake is so enjoyable with all of it's history and atmospheric back stories of  modern day witches and and the lovely whimsical shops that tourists love to come and visit especially during the Autumn season.   While this story takes place in March and early April, the author "Alice Blanchard" never fails to bring a creepy atmosphere to her books which is delightfully and wickedly mysterious.   I enjoyed this book very much especially since it wrapped up many missing pieces from some previous cases.   

This book can be read as a stand-alone as the author does a great job of bring the reader up-to-date  on some real puzzlers although I would recommend reading book #3 "The Witching Tree" first if possible especially, since it was  a fantastic and eerily, scary story and is very intertwined with this book and I believe it made this book more enjoyable for myself.   I can't wait to read more books with Natalie Lockhart and the town of Burning Lake and I certainly hope (cross my fingers) there will be more written in the future!

I want to thank the publisher "St. Martin's Press/ Minotaur Books" and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this complimentary digital copy and any thoughts or opinions expressed are unbiased and mine alone!

I have given this entertaining book a rating of 4 PUZZLING AND DEADLY 🌟🌟🌟🌟 STARS!!
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thank you to netgalley, the author and the publisher for this advanced copy

a fantastic thriller that kept me guessing
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The Shadow Girls is the fourth title in the Natalie Lockhart series, but it works fantastic as a standalone too. I often find that when reading a book that's part of a series out of order, there will be mention of people and events, but no explanations. I thought that Blanchard did a fantastic job of providing explanations for any characters, events, or scenarios that happened in previous books, which made it easy to follow along.

As a whole, this book was very fast-paced and I found the storyline to be really unique. I loved the way all of the characters intertwined and had a hard time putting this book down. I'm definitely looking forward to checking out the previous three titles. 

Thank you Minotaur Books and NetGalley for the eARC!
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This was probably my least favorite of the series.  Why do my favorite characters have to be killed off?! I still don't understand that part. None the less I will still read what Alice Blanchard writes.
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Another great read by Alice Blanchard!

I missed the first two books in the series but am so glad I found book 3 and have now read book 4. 

I love the main character but not some of her choices. The stores are interesting and interconnected.  It’s not necessary to have read them all but it does bring some deeper understanding of what’s occurring in the story. 

This one may have some trigger warnings for some folks so please check before hand if needed.

Looking forward to the next installment.
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While The Shadow Girls is a series, this was my first from Alice Blanchard and I could easily follow along with the plot and cast of characters. I recommend this detective mystery novel to anyone who enjoys watching Big Sky and trying to solve mysteries while reading!
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I wish I had known this was the 4th in a series.  I felt lost, not having much background on the characters or their relationships before jumping into the middle of the mysteries.  I'd really recommend that readers begin with the first in the series as these are not stand alone novels.

This novel is set in a small upstate New York town which seems to have all kinds of witchy and occult events going on.  I didn't have a clear understanding of how all this tied in until the end because I hadn't read the first three books.  Overall, the mystery was ok, there was just enough gruesome violence to make me not want to pick up the first three in the series because that's just not my thing, but I am quite sure that those who read police procedurals regularly won't be bothered by it.

Long story short - if you are a fan of police procedurals and have read the first three in the series, I think you'll love it.  The writing is atmospheric, with a feeling of menace emanating thoughout.  Lots of threads were tied up at the end, which should satisfy readers of the previous novels.

Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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