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The Girl Who Walked in Shadows

R. Patricia Wayne

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The Girl Who Walked in Shadows

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I loved this book. “The Girl Who Walked in Shadows” is full of masterful storytelling, well-written characters, unexpected turns, and a plot that will keep you reading. I don’t often read a book in a single sitting, but this book kept me glued to my chair and consumed me until I finished.

The protagonist is 16-year-old Marilyn who is neglected at home, picked on at school, and alternately obsessed with solving a recent crime and developing meaningful friendships and relationships. The characters and emotions feel so real and I finished the book feeling like I had known these characters for a long time.

Despite the powerful illusion of familiarity with the characters, the author manages to turn this story into a tense psychological thriller with surprising, yet plausible, twists and actions from the main characters.

The story takes place over the course of the summer of 1975. Marilyn is beginning to mend her relationship with her father who walked out and left her with her neglectful mother when she was only 12 years old. This traumatic event left her unable to process her emotions or build healthy relationships. Things seem to be turning around when her two best friends since second grade reenter her life. From there the story takes off and becomes a much darker and grittier story than the first few chapters would have you believe possible from this novel.

Overall, if you enjoy a strongly character-driven story with dark elements then this is a book I would wholeheartedly and unhesitatingly recommend.

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