Shadow Woman by Linda Howard Obtained for Review via NetGalley
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
I've read every Linda Howard book every written and hers are the books I most anticipate coming out every year. Linda's book Dying to Please is what got me back into reading in the first place! Accordingly, I was very excited for Shadow Woman and it did not disappoint!
The thriller and mystery aspect of the book were impeccable -- as good as Linda has ever written! There was a slow build, unanticipated twists and a great conclusion. However, the romance left a bit to be desired. Since most of the book was spent with Lizette and Xavier apart, this makes sense for the plot of the book and the character development. However, I really found myself wanting more romance and more interaction between them. Overall, this was a thrilling read that was hard to put down but I hope we get some more classic Linda in the next book that combines the right amount of thriller and romance! That is what I love about her books and I look forward to her next book!