Eliza Maxwell: The Shadow Writer



Ion publication Graye Templeton wants to be a writer but she also needs to live under the radar while she distances herself from an unbelievably shocking childhood However it seems that luck is finally shining on Graye when she backs into a dream ob working for Laura West a star blogger who has catapulted authors from obscurity to bestsellers Now if Graye can only get Laura to realize she is not only a great assistant but a promising author as well Laura takes an instantaneous liking to the vulnerable and worshipful Graye Templeton She is ust the bright light she needs in her life after her insecure husband David a famous one hit wonder she single handedly made famous becomes embittered drinking to excess nearly teetering on the edge of a full blown breakdown The two women forge a strong bond while David does everything in his power to undermine the friendship But Graye desperately needs Laura s reputation and expertise to realize all her hopes and dreams before her past comes home to roost This is a solid thriller centered around fixation and obsession These themes are often overused staples in psychological thrillers and are hardly original In fact I was concerned this book was about to take an all too familiar path as well one I ve traveled down many times before However the story proved to be atmospheric with a few interesting and surprising plot twists which kept me interested and maybe a bit on edge I will warn readers however that the characters are not easy to like but to me that is part of what made the novel so effective and why the conclusion worked so well The plot is not always completely plausible and that s okay but the depiction of human nature and the character s self absorption and manipulations were uite realistic which is why this story is so disturbing Overall this was a nice introduction to Eliza Maxwell for me I have been curious about her books so now I will have to check out of her work in the future 4 stars. 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 to decide where her loyalties lie Running from the past is a dangerous game and the loser could end up dea.

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E 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 design but it kept me disconnected In spite of this I could not put this book 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 I was really disappointed in this one because I actually liked the author s other book The Unremembered Girl The characters ust fell flat which is a shame because there was a pretty decent 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 Investigating the Supernatural 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 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 transitionust felt disjointed 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 developed in order to make a book a compelling read and that ust didn 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 digital copy in exchange for an honest review The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell is a 2019 Lake Un. Med novelist Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams 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 descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the.

To begin with I really enjoyed The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell The story was interesting and I was intrigued Unfortunately it slowed down 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 decent ending thoughGraye Templeton had a horrific childhood one that she hoped to escape and put behind her She gets a ob 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 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 a dark 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 a dark 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 unlikabl. 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 ob as protégé to Laura West influential book blogger and wife of an acclai.

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