Shadows from the Past Review

About the Book


Shadows From the Past (Shadows Series Book 1) by [Dawn, Ashley]
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“…It is the price you pay for choosing to be a cop. Your brother’s life…”

Those words haunt her dreams, and her waking moments. LAPD officer, Aurora Kavvan cannot rest until she finds her brothers killer. Digging into the past always brings back unpleasant things: memories, guilt…the hit man. Now she is in a race against time to find the murderer before he finds her.

“Kill her. I don’t care how, and I don’t care where, but I want her dead now!”

Someone was trying to kill his dead partner’s sister. FBI agent, Jordan Reiley will stop at nothing to protect the woman he loves. Even if it means going against her wishes; putting himself between her and the man who murdered her brother.

Will God keep them alive long enough for them to find the truth?



My Perspective


The synopsis of this book had me so excited to read it. I love solving mysteries, as well as reading thrilling novels. Unfortunately the book just sort of fell flat for me. I tried so hard to connect with the characters, but couldn’t. I wanted there to be more thrills, more of a chase, more something. I almost can’t put my finger on it to be honest.

Knowing how hard it is to write, and having been through the editing process, I understand how easy it is for an editor and author to overlook something. That’s why I typically don’t comment on any errors I find in the books I read. This one however, just really bugged me. I found several mistakes, and perhaps that’s what made me not really connect with the story. I think that if it went through another round of edits or two, this has the making of a really great story. The premise is there. The characters are almost there. The themes are there.

I will say this, although I wasn’t totally into the story, I did appreciate the themes that were written. Redemption and forgiveness are big themes I found in the book, and those are two things I always want to read about because they are applicable to us all. I do think this author has a lot of potential and I look forward to seeing what she has in the future.


About the Author


Ashley Dawn was born and raised in rural Arkansas where she developed her love for writing while helping in her parent’s office. She graduated with an accounting degree from the University of Central Arkansas but is currently working as a legal assistant.

Ashley has been writing professionally for the past twelve years and has three published books. Her Shadows Series include Shadows From The Past, Shadows of Suspicion, Shadows of Pain, and Shadows of Deception. She is currently working on multiple projects including the fifth in her ‘Shadows’ series entitled “Shadows in Black and White” and also a standalone suspense titled ‘One of Their Own’. She and her family make their home in Texas.

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