The Shadow Writer + Giveaway

Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others.

Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do 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 acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.

Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.

As 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 to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.

My Review

It is few and far between that I rate a book five stars. It has to be really outstanding; especially for psychological thrillers. This is my genre and so I have read many books. They do have a common theme but if done right the book can be a home run. Author, Eliza Maxwell scores a home run with The Shadow Writer! Ms. Maxwell pens engaging characters with a sharp storyline that kept me glued to the edge of my seat. This book is a must, must read.

The mystery surrounding Graye instantly drew me in. I will tell you that when her secret was revealed, I did not see all of it coming. In fact, I had to re-read the reveal again as I could not believe what I had just read. Laura had some mystery to her as well but she was only made better by Graye. Both women played off each other nicely.

I was so engaged in the story that I finished this book in a matter of a few hours. You can bet that Author, Eliza Maxwell has a new fan in me. I will be checking out more books from her.

Purchase Links

Amazon | Books-A-Million | Barnes & Noble

About Eliza Maxwell

Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Widow’s WatcherThe Unremembered GirlThe Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British-cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.

Connect with Eliza

Website | Facebook | Twitter |

Instagram tour:

Monday, May 6th: @diaryofaclosetreader

Tuesday, May 7th: @sarahs_reads

Wednesday, May 8th: @readingbetweenthe_wines

Thursday, May 9th: @lifeinlit

Thursday, May 9th: @jennblogsbooks

Friday, May 10th: @jessicamap

Friday, May 10th: @readingwithmere

Sunday, May 12th: @booknerdingout

Review tour:

Monday, April 29th: The Meganerd Blog and @meganthemeganerd

Wednesday, May 1st: @fortheloveofbooks85

Thursday, May 2nd: Tar Heel Reader and @tarheelreader

Monday, May 6th: Book by Book

Tuesday, May 7th: Cheryl’s Book Nook

Wednesday, May 8th: Amy’s Book-et List

Thursday, May 9th: She Reads with Cats and @shereadswithcats

Friday, May 10th: Kritter’s Ramblings

Monday, May 13th: Tales of a Book Addict

Tuesday, May 14th: Books & Bindings

Wednesday, May 15th: @bookclubwithbite

Tuesday, May 21st: Book Fidelity

Wednesday, May 22nd: @scaredstraightreads

Thursday, May 23rd: Kahakai Kitchen

Thursday, May 23rd: Thoughts on This ‘n That

Friday, May 24th: Mystery Suspense Reviews

Tuesday, May 28th: Novel Gossip and @novelgossip

Thursday, May 30th: The Pages In-Between and @thepagesinbetween

I have one copy to giveaway. US only. Leave a comment here or on my Instagram page with your email address on what "must read" psychological thriller should I check out. Also, please say "Hi" to the author. Winner chosen May 12th.


I've heard such good things about this book! One thriller I think you should read is The Wife Between Us. It's terrific.
traveler said…
Thanks for this enthralling novel. A riveting novel which was unforgettable was Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com
petite said…
This story interests me very much. A suspense filled book that is exceptional is The Stone Circle. The Ruth Galloway series is fabulous. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com
Sara Strand said…
I'm stingy with my 5's, too! I'm so glad you enjoyed this one! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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