Review: In Her Shadow, by August McLaughlin

Writer and Author, August McLaughlin, has released her debut novel, In Her Shadow, a psychological thriller.

In Her Shadow

Book Details
Genre: Thriller; Contemporary Women’s Fiction
Published by: Dystel & Goderich Literary Management
Publication Date: January 2013
Number of Pages: 262
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Synopsis:  One woman locked in a basement, nearing death and longing for escape. Another baffled by the inexplicable symptoms wreaking havoc on her life. Both are lost and alone, yet somehow connected. And time is running out…

My Review:  Always intriguing, at times disturbing, and other times touching, In Her Shadow is a psychological thriller that delves into the minds of the psychopath and his victims that leaves the reader guessing for much of the story, while weaving a poignant look at the problem of dealing with an eating disorder throughout the narrative.  

Suspense builds from the start, and never lets up until the end.  The unraveling family secrets lend an air of mystery that’s both sinister and surprising.  The author is adept with dialogue and language; the use of metaphor is spot on and enhances the story.  While the characters are fairly typical, the issues with which they’re presented are not, and it’s clear that the author researched the body-image topic well and handled it with sincere sensitivity.  

I’d recommend this novel to anyone looking for a story that doesn’t let up until the thrilling end, and that handles a serious issue amid mysterious and terrifying circumstances with heartfelt aplomb. 

My Rating:  It’s worth a hill of beans, 4 out of 5 FAVA beans to be exact.


Biography:  August McLaughlin is a Los Angeles based writer and journalist who worked in the fashion, film and wellness industries before releasing her debut novel, In Her Shadow.  She is represented by John Rudolph of Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.  August connects with her readers via her blog, Facebook, and Twitter.


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