Eliza Maxwell: The Shadow Writer



Red as a right hand to Laura West wife to an acclaimed novelist and big time book blogger Working for Laura might take Graye to the next level in writing and give her the connections she needs However Laura is not so simple Everything is falling apart for her Her marriage is in a tailspin Her husband has an alcohol problem Laura is about to lose it all and she s losing herself emotionally It s also important to her that everything looks like it sparkles Laura and Graye become uite close but they have angerous secrets they are hiding Friendship and obsession become one in the same and one of them could wind up hurt and not just emotionally I loved that there were multiple layers to the story It really kept me guessing There s a Ethan Marcus Stands Up darkness here too that Iidn t expect There were some nice twists and turns that kept me on my toes and overall this was a terrifically engaging suspenseful readI received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell is a 2019 Lake Union publication Graye Templeton wants to be a writer but she also needs to live under the I was really Matti In the Wallet disappointed in this one because I actually liked the author s other book The Unremembered Girl The characters just fell flat which is a shame because there was a prettyecent backstory for Graye As the story progressed I cared less and less about each person It s like the book had the basic elements of what should be an interesting story but lacked any meat and therefore came across as lackluster Graye Templeton has tried to move on from her horrific childhood and aspires to be a writer She takes a job working for Laura West a fairly well known book blogger and wife to a novelist who has had his own fair share of success As Graye and Laura become closer and closer they might Raised in Captivity discover a secret or two the other one has been hiding My first feeling of uneasiness came when the story shifted to Texas and Graye started working for Laura The transition just feltisjointed and that feeling popped up multiple times throughout the course of the book The bare bones of a good story were here and there were some good plot twists but the book could use some polishing up Both the plot and the characters need to be well Think (Ars Lamina) Level 2 Workbook developed in order to make a book a compelling read and that justidn t happen here So basically in summary it had potential but the execution fell shortThank you to the Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free advance Two Brothers, One Tail digital copy in exchange for an honest review Obsession Manipulation Lies This book was in a word UNPREDICTABLE A crazy ride A plot full of twists and turns and characters with agendas you are never privy to Eliza Maxwell has crafted aark Woman Much Missed disturbing tale about obsession and manipulation Unreliable unlikable self serving narrators who left a bad taste in my mouth I am still baffled as to how we got from that first chapter to the last but it sure was entertaining getting there Here is a uote from the book I think all my book reviewingbloggingBookstagramming friends Will appreciate A person writes a book out of ego reads a book out of hope and recommends a book out of love This book really is about the confounding needy obsessive relationship between Laura and Gray Laura is an influential book blogger who is married to a successful author Graye is a grad student with aspirations of being an author and aark past Neither of these characters were tremendously likable and I had a hard time connecting with them I felt as though neither of them really let the reader see inside As a rule I am a fan of unlikable characters but I need them to be completely fleshed out I felt as though Laura and Graye were always keeping me at arms length this might have been by Why Americas Top Pundits Are Wrong design but it kept meisconnected In spite of this I could not put this book Citizen Cain down I needed to know where it was going This was one of those books that kept zigging and zagging swirving all over the place I never knew what was coming next Enthralling unsettling and ultimately satisfying710 many thanks to Lake Union for my copy of this book To begin with I really enjoyed The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell The story was interesting and I was intrigued Unfortunately it slowedown and I started to lose interest The characters were all rather unlikeable all out to get what they could from each other I had hoped for from this book but it fell a bit flat for me A Trail of Secrets decent ending thoughGraye Templeton had a horrific childhood one that she hoped to escape and put behind her She gets a job working with Laura West a blogger and influential name in the publishing industry She hopes to use her connections for herself to get herself published Laura s marriage is falling apart and is hiding many secrets I struggled to connect with this story and the characters It wasn t for me as much as I tried Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read All opinions are my own and are in no way biased. EdgeAs the two women form a bond that seems meant to be long buried secrets claw their way into the present and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur forcing each toecide where her loyalties lie Running from the past is a How to Train a Cowboy dangerous game and the loser could end upea.

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I ve read all of Eliza Maxwell s books and was in love with The Unremembered Girl which stayed with me for weeks with the ache I felt for the main character still in my memory today I enjoyed this book also although it has a lighter feel for me even though the subject matter One Special Moment deals with murder manipulation and lies The chapters are from the point of view of Graye Templeton Laura West and a few characters Graye had an abusive lonely childhood that included the murder of her mother when Graye was nine years old Graye was then raised in an orphans home that included a kind nun thatid her best to protect Gary encourage her to come out of her shell and pursue her interest in writing Sprinkled throughout Graye s life was the loss of others close to her which cemented her A Touch of Persuasion (Men Of Wolff Mountain desired to not become attached to anyone Laura is an influential book blogger married to an acclaimed novelist who is now struggling to write a book that will match the popularity to his first novel Laura s father is a publisher and sheaily receives manuscripts from writers who hope to have their writing noticed by influential Laura Despite Laura s wealth and standing among the book industry her marriage is failing as her alcoholic husband falls Watch for Me by Moonlight (The Midnight Twins, deeper into aownward spiral of being unable to produce publishable works Margaret the nun who loved and nurtured Graye after the murder of Graye s mother plays a big part in this book too I won t say about the story that is full of twists turns and The Mommy Makeover discoveries because Ion t want to give anything away Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for this ARC 35 rounded up to 4Aspiring author Graye Templeton will The Convicts Bounty Bride (Convict Wives do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her After a life lived in shadows she s accepted a new job as a prot g to Laura West influential book blogger and wife of acclaimed novelist Laura s connections could make Graye s publishingreams a reality But there s to Laura than meets the eyeThis is the first book that I have read by the author and I can honestly say that I A River of Royal Blood (Untitled, did not know what I was going to get out of the book I wasn tisappointed This is a multilayered read that First Blood dark and makes you uestion who you really are Just when you think you know where the storyline is going you will find that your wrong This is a well written thought provoking readI would like to thank NetGalley Lake Union Publishing and the author Eliza Maxwell for my ARC in exchange for an honest review Favorite uotesShe signs the visitor s log and the receptionist passes her a neon green sticker to affix to her shirt Proof that Graye isn t some rogue criminal there to ravish old ladies and steal pieces from the jigsaw puzzlesShe stares at him for a beat struggling to remind herself of the man she knows he can be when he isn t being this one It s gettingifficult every The Palliser Novels day to bring that man to mindWhom you choose to be married to is your business Laura Iecided a long time ago that love must be an evolutionary adaptation It s nature s way of allowing even mediocre men to find a mate Oh child How naive you are If procreation were reserved only for extraordinary men the species would have Men And Gods In Mongolia died a slow sputteringeath centuries agoA bad marriage is a forge Once you re in it your only choice is to push forward and find your way out of the flames scars and all hopefully stronger for it The alternative is to sit there and be burned to nothingShe knows Hunter Killer (Pike Logan dwelling on could have been and should have beenoesn t change what is but some Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards, days that s a hard lesson to rememberMy ReviewThis was a twisty maddeningly paced brilliantly plotted and ingeniously written tale with a cast of intriguing and largely aberrant characters While it was soon evident that one of the main characters was mentallyisturbed as she noted concern with losing track of what s real and what isn t I just hadn t realized the extent or how far back the The Friend Zone decimation went Ms Maxwell s evocative writing was uniuely compellingevastating Flying Scotsman Manual diabolical andauntingly engrossing I was taut with tension and transfixed to my Kindle while nearly insane with impatience and Alpha (Shifters, driven to know everyeeply buried secret past and present I am on the hook and her Whalerider devoted fangirl for life I covet her advanced level of word sorcery and am greedily plotting to read her every word 35 well that was unexpected starsGraye Templeton wants two things in life first to escape her truly horrific past and second to become an author She wants to be real and seen and knows that the best way to achieve this goal is to publish the book she s been working on for some time When Graye lands the job as a TA to the best selling author and now professor at her university David West she feels like the tides are finally turning and luck is sure to follow When Graye accidentally bumps into and subseuently pours her coffee all over famed book blogger and wife to David Laura West she sees her entire future flash before her eyesLaura takes an immediate shine to Graye She s vulnerable yet passionate naive yet there s something ther. Every writer has a story Some areeadlier than others Aspiring author Graye Templeton will o anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her After a life lived in shadows she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West influential book blogger and wife of an acclai.

E that Laura can t uite put her finger on that raws these two women together As Laura and Graye get to know one another it turns out that the Wests are headed to Texas and Graye sees that future she planned on going up in smoke Graye is Graphic Design For Everyone desperate for Laura s reputation for catapulting unknown authors onto best seller lists and when a happenstance interview brings them back together again in Texas Graye jumps at the opportunity to become Laura s personal assistant Soon Graye is indispensable to Laura especially as Laura s life and marriage seem to be circling therainThe past is coming for Graye She can feel it in spite of her reassurances to the girl on the phone It s coming for them all As Laura s life uickly unravels and Graye s past is coming to catch her at an ever increasing rate things go from bad to worse Told from alternating POVs mostly between Graye and Laura we re also given snippets of the perspective of people from Graye s past as we learn and about her challenging and brutal childhood As Graye s past collides with Laura s present things uickly continue to go Considering Kate (The Stanislaskis, downhill for both of our main characters And when a shocking murder comes into play it s a race against time to unravel the secrets that have been long left buriedSo first things first I really enjoyed this read This is my first work by Maxwell and I was left impressed both with theevelopment of a very tangled web as well as the writing itself There are uite a few moving pieces going on between characters along with a past timeline and a present one I really appreciated that Maxwell broke from the mold of flipping between that past and the present because while it works sometimes I often find myself feeling like it s a little too formulaic and the easier route Instead Maxwell flawlessly Sweetland developed a well paced story that unfolds in the present by giving the reader snippets of the past without wholly focusing on it It created a very cohesive and suspenseful story lineWhen he catches her watching him his eyes narrow and he stands straighter facing her head on There s no mistake Aizzying sense of vertigo takes hold of her as she stands with her future on one side and her past staring her Art of Laurel and Hardy down on the otherThere were a few points throughout reading this that I feared Maxwell was going torop the ball given how many cogs are moving at one time However I was consistently proven uite wrong when it felt like pieces were missing when they would come back into play at the perfect moment Psychological suspense is a Hers To Cherish (Verdantia, difficult genre to write because it s less jump scares and cheap thrills and sinister undertones and Maxwellelivered this in spades While the majority of our cast of characters weren t particularly likable I found myself The Intelligent Entrepreneur drawn to them and rooting for themespite some shadier The Summer of the Ubume decisions they made It s easy for an author to make a likable character well liked what sifficult and in the end impressive is when you can make a reader connect to someone who is grade a crazy pantsShe uickens her pace but that s the thing about ghosts They re impossible to outrun They travel in the heart of the people they ve hurt the mostAll in all I really enjoyed this read and would Distracted - Acting Edition definitely suggest it to others who enjoy the psychological suspense genre It felt a little slow to start for me but once it got moving it really kept pace and I felt genuinely invested and intrigued by how it would end I also felt that the ending made sense and there was nothing coming out of left field for the sake of shocking the reader It all blended together into something realistic and I thought the ending was a bit poetic personally I loved that this was set in Texas and I llefinitely be picking up works by Maxwell in the future The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell is a book that I will probably read again because there is so much going on in this novel that a second read would be beneficial Graye Templeton is a woman whose childhood was marred by a terrible crime that was so notorious that her name had to be changed to protect her She is hired as an assistant to Laura West a well known book blogger whose husband is a famous author The women uickly Trauma heilen develop a strong friendship Upon moving to a Texas island in a guesthouse nextoor to her employer s home she soon realizes that the husband is a bitter Developing Resilient Organizations drunk whose career is floundering She took the job in the hope that Laura would help promote her book that she had worked on for many years From this point there will be suspected adultery a brutal murder spousal abuse and mysteries galore Nothing will be as it seems This is a slow boiling thriller that will easily hold your attention The Shadow Writer is the first Eliza Maxwell book that I have read and I look forward to reading her other titles Thank you to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for the e ARC in exchange for an honest review The Shadow Writer has such a cool inventive premise Graye Templeton is an aspiring author She had a tough abusive childhood and one that still colors herarkest Clean Tech, Clean Profits days Graye has been hi. Med novelist Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishingreams a reality But there’s to Laura than meets the eyeBehind the veneer of a charmed life Laura’s marriage is collapsing Her once lauded husband is escending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the.

Eliza Maxwell lives in Texas with a patient man two impatient children and a bird named Sarah When she's not working on her next novel she stays busy trying to keep her children from some future therapist's chair You can reach her at theelizamaxwellgmailcom