Living in the Shadows byJudith Barrow

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Living in the Shadows by Judith Barlow

Publication Date: July 16, 2015
Honno Press
eBook & Paperback; 320 Pages

Genre: Historical Fiction/Family Saga

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It's 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria. Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse - following in Mary's footsteps - and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire.

At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda's darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so?

There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.

Sequel to the acclaimed Changing Patterns and Pattern of Shadows.


My Review:
Copy Received from Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours for an honest review
Four Stars
"Living in the Shadows" by Judith Barrow grabbed my attention from the first sentence.  The author immediately set the tone for the rest of the book.  Mary Schormann was a fascinating character.  From the beginning of the story we know that there are some secrets lurking in this family's history.  George Shuttleworth was an awful person and he was the perfect villain.  Barrow presented all the hardships that Mary had to deal with.  The POW of camp that is near their home becomes a "presence" throughout the story.  Although there are many different elements to this book,  I thought the author was able to not only show the effects of the war on Mary's family but also on the town.  There were many secretes that came to light and the story was suspenseful.

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Judith Barrow has lived in Pembrokeshire for thirty years. She is the author of three novels, and has published poetry and short fiction, winning several poetry competitions, as well as writing three children's books and a play performed at the Dylan Thomas Centre. Judith grew up in the Pennines, has degrees in literature and creative writing and makes regular appearances at literary festivals.

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