Shadow Woman

Shadow Woman

by Linda Howard

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From Linda Howard comes a thrilling and sensual new novel of romance, suspense, intrigue . . . and memories that can kill.
Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else’s. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.
Strange memories soon begin to surface and, along with them, some unusual skills and talents that Lizette hasn’t a clue about acquiring. Sensing that she’s being monitored, Lizette suddenly knows how to search for bugs in her house and tracking devices in her car. What’s more, she can elude surveillance—like a trained agent.
Enter a mysterious and seductive stranger named Xavier, who claims he wants to help—but who triggers disturbing images of an unspeakable crime of which Lizette may or may not be the perpetrator. With memories returning, she suddenly becomes a target of anonymous assassins. On the run with nowhere to hide, Lizette has no choice but to rely on Xavier, a strong and magnetic man she doesn’t trust, with a powerful attraction she cannot resist. As murky waters become clear, Lizette confronts a conspiracy that is treacherous and far-reaching and a truth that, once revealed, may silence her and Xavier once and for all.

Praise for Shadow Woman
“Dazzling . . . From the opening line, [Shadow Woman] will grab readers and take them on an exhilarating and terrifying adventure!”RT Book Reviews
“Fast-paced, intricately detailed romantic suspense . . . Readers won’t want to put it down until the extraordinary conclusion. . . . Highly recommended.”—Fresh Fiction
“An intriguing plot and captivating characters [with] lots of drama, tension, intrigue and suspense.”—The Star-Ledger

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345506948
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/26/2013
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 115,331
Product dimensions: 4.36(w) x 6.88(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Linda Howard is the award-winning author of many New York Times bestsellers, including Shadow Woman, Prey, Veil of Night, Ice, Burn, Death Angel, Up Close and Dangerous, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Cover of Night, Killing Time, To Die For, Kiss Me While I Sleep, Cry No More, Dying to Please, Open Season, Mr. Perfect, All the Queen’s Men, Now You See Her, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning, and co-author (with Linda Jones) of Blood Born and Running Wild. She lives in Alabama with her husband and a golden retriever.

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Shadow Woman 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 99 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually love Linda Howard but the book was a little disappointing. Not nearly enough interaction between Liz and Xavier. They didnt even get together until page 217. I really hated that I spent so much on this book. Should have been well under $10.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent, although too much time spent with the main character dreaming. The ending was wrapped up very quickly and with hardly any bang, more like a whimper.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is interesting, the intrigue compelling, but the lack of character interplay and a weak romance bog it down somewhat. I would still recommend the book because it kept me engaged and the ending was a bit clever, if not terribly exciting. First let me say that I am a big LH fan. Having said that I found myself disappointed by this book, Well written, yes, with lots of mystery and suspense. But very little romance and that not until the book is almost over. I would like a little interaction between the hero/heroine. Both were strong characters and well portrayed, but absolutely no chance to see any sparks. Don't call it a romance, call it a mystery and you wont be disappointed. It was an enjoyable read. Linda Howard has a fabulous writing style. She writes quick and snappy books. She has a pretty impressive talent building a mystery and unfolding that with suspense. Her romances are usually just fabulous. This one was pretty good. The hero and the heroine were well matched, personality-wise. And they had some chemistry and there was some heat. I thought the set-up of the book was original and definitely had some intriguing moments. The book had a less than linear plot-line which was interesting. A lot of the crucial plot twists happened before the narrative started and the book unfolds in a suspenseful and mysterious way with some smart foreshadowing and misdirection. The reader really doesn't guess what is happening or how all the pieces fit together until the very end.   
booksonmynook More than 1 year ago
Really great book with intriguing story line. Kept me entertained all the way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointing. I've read all of Linda Howard books and this one is, by far, the least interesting and slowest moving. Character interaction was virtually nil; no tension; no drama. I'll reread her earlier books and will hold off purchasing anything new until I see other opinions.
arcdude More than 1 year ago
I thought this was one of Linda's better books. The plot was very original and did not seem formulaic, as can happen with a lot of authors who write a lot of novels. From reading other reviews, it seems many readers just want to read about sex and Linda did not get to it fast enough in this book. For them, I suggest Harlequin Romance novels, many of which are free at Barnes % Noble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was good. I'm a long-time Linda Howard fan...all the way from her Linda Howington days, but something's been missing from her books lately. Don't get me wrong, she's still better than most - I guess I'm just not as fond of her "intrigue" novels. I agree with other reviewers, not enough interactaction between main characters. Good, but not great. Rather re-read "Son of the Morning."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She has written better. Still a good author and i will read more of her books.
Bitten-By-Love-Reviews More than 1 year ago
Warning: You will need a darkness, a candle and perhaps a delicious drink to cope with the twists in this story. Personally I have been a long time fan of Linda Howard. Which of course means I love how she can take a normal romance story and put several mysterious suspense filled twists in those plots, thereby keeping us as the readers guessing. This book is no exception! The story starts with a gunshot, a dead woman and bounces to our main character who comes off as a normal woman too sick to go to work except she doesn't recognize her own face. Add in the creepy (but sexy) Xavier whose bugged her house and the secret group who refers to her as "Subject C" and you might begin to agree with our poor main character who thinks that something fishy is going on. I would tell you more, but that would be cheating. Needless to say if you haven't read this book, then get out there and buy it. You won't regret it and for a few hours, you will enjoy a fun filled adventure of twists and of course a delicious taste of Xavier and Lizzy.
Robynn More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and yes, it forever for Xavier and Lizzy to finally reconnect. However, I think this would make a great first book in a series about them! They are hot and on the run and we all ready know them, so why not keep it going?
cindybuns More than 1 year ago
I always get a LH book and have enjoyed each and every one, some more than others. The plot I found to be a bit confusing in the beginning but eventually everything came together. A good read especially during this cold weather, sit by a fire, drink hot chocolate and enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. There was plenty of cat and mouse moments, some humor, and romance. Another great novel by Linda Howard
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. A great addition to my Linda Howard collection. I couldn't put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A mystery, a love story, a tense chase, and so much more. I couldn't put this down. Started reading on Wednesday and finished it on Friday. Excellent, Excellent, fun read. From the first page this book expertly leads you to try to solve the problem of the lost woman who sees someone else in the mirror. What a great story line.
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Very slow. Had hard time making myself finish it
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ok." *she once again lowers her ears and bends so her white fur barely touches the grass. She slowly pads forward towards the mouse and pounces onto it*
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I seriously regret buying this book.  From the description, I expected something more along the lines of the Bourne Identity (woman doesn't remember her past, but discovers disturbing clues/skills that don't fit with what she thinks she knows of herself). Instead, I got a story with little action--from either the protagonist or her "lover." Even at the end, the neither DO anything, rather the problem is resolved (quite anti-climatically) by a secondary character. I'm used to being annoyed when a story with a female protagonist has the male love interest resolve the major conflicts (and unfortunately, this seems to be a common downfall in many stories). However, this one takes the cake: not only the heroine, but also her "hero," completely lack any sort of agency! What did either of them accomplish by the end of the book? Nothing! By the end of the novel, the status quo remains UNCHANGED.  So, what was the point, really? Yes, Lizzy woke up from her zombie-like state, but even the reason for why she had to become like that in the first place was totally bogus.  As for the romantic angle, it was nonexistent. She switches from fearing him to suddenly being in love with him with no state in between. Their interactions are so unrealistic, and there is no courtship, no romantic development. I couldn't feel any connection between them at all (even their "intense" sexual attraction was non-existent).  If I could give this book a negative rating, I would.
CeCeSG More than 1 year ago
I have been a Linda Howard fan for years. I have read so many of her books it would be hard to say which was my favorite. However, I could easily say this is my least favorite.  The first 75% of the book was narrative, very little intetaction between characters even as we watch them react to each other. This is of course subjective. I personally like a book with a lot of dialogue, so I foumd myself skimming through a lot of the story trying to get to some action. Truly the book had a good plot and a lot of potential, I just think some of it got lost in the narrative for me. So my advice isn't necessarily to skip this one, but definitely try some of her other books about black ops agents.
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