Review: Hunting the Shadows by Alexia Reed

Hunting the Shadows by Alexia Reed
Release Date: May 7, 2012
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 197
Source: ebook provided by the author

Amy has spent her life in isolation. Locked away in the Centre, a secret government facility where children with extraordinary abilities are raised as highly skilled fighters, she longs for a normal life. A life where being around people doesn’t overload her sensitive telepathic mind. A life where she can’t see through the eyes of a murderer as he hunts down his next victim…

J.C. Nikolaiev was a top researcher, but when his conscience got the better of him, he tried to destroy his work and free his subjects—and was imprisoned as a traitor. To save himself and prevent more people from dying, J.C. must catch the serial killer stalking the halls of the facility. But his only leads come from a woman whose thoughts have invaded his mind…

Finally out of the psych ward, Amy joins forces with J.C. to find the killer before he closes in on them. Can their growing attraction withstand the truths they uncover?


Review: Warning… there are mild spoilers ahead.

While I wanted to like this story, not only because this a new genre for me but because the blurb made it sound so interesting. I found that the entire first 65 pages that I muddled my way through was so convoluted that I by then I couldn’t understand who was a good guy or bad guy. Time seemed to be irrelevant, and often things happened that just plain didn’t make sense to me. One minute J.C. is being charged with murder and treason, and the next he is a free man back in charge of his men looking for a killer. The addition of Amy, and her abilities, really made me want to read this if for nothing else to see how the author tied in the psychic angle, but again I was disappointed. It seemed that JC and Amy could communicate to each other, along with she could implant memories in his mind somehow rewriting what he remembers, but yet he has no idea who she is or why she is in his facility under his direction.

More than once I had to reread sections to see if I missed something and each reread just confused me even more. I hope that others can find enjoyment in her writing, because the writing itself was good – and a great job on editing the section I got through – but the irrelevant time and just general fluidity to the entire story line (not in a good way) made me give this book a seedling (1 star) rating. This won’t stop me from reading other works in the future from Alexia Reed, just this one was not at all like the blurb made it sound.


One thought on “Review: Hunting the Shadows by Alexia Reed

  1. Though I agree that until the 3rd quarter of the novel things progressed rather slowly I didn’t have any difficulty following or understanding the story, or which character stoo on which side. Sorry this wasn’t for you, maybe you’ll like her next book.

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