Monday, December 1, 2014

Death's Shadow by T.J. Hamilton

Title:  Death's Shadow
Author:  T.J. Hamilton
Published:  Dec 1/14
Length:  292pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  romantic suspense
Shelf:  review
Rating: ★★★★★

Back Cover Blurb:

My name is Tatiana Pavlenko. I am the Russian Ballet’s Prima Ballerina. It’s been a tough journey to reach the pinnacle of my career, and it has come at a great cost … my soul.

I have been known by many names throughout my young life, but no one knows the true identity of who I really am.

War is about to break out around Russia, and it is the perfect opportunity for me to kill every man who has hurt me; who had his way with me.

The evil that’s about to strike down on Russia’s powerful men isn’t from their neighbouring countries. It’s from me, the one they call Ten' smerti … Death’s Shadow.

My Review:

Oh my goodness. Does this one ever pack a punch. This story is dark and shocking yet you won`t be able to put it down. The pairing of ballet with the Russian crime syndicate creates quite the unique story. The contrast is palpable. I love how Hamilton deals with the passage of time throughout this novel. Memories of key past events become entire chapters, bringing clarity to the story at hand. This was a very emotional novel that brought tears to my eyes more than once. It was also suspenseful and wildly romantic.

Hamilton has created some very strong, demanding characters that grab your attention and hold it tight. I loved getting to know Tatiana’s backstory. We’ve met her in Hamilton’s Thyme Trilogy & in the prequel to this series but she really starts to become a well-developed, three dimensional character in this first novel of the spin off. The differing speech patterns in the dialogue were quite noticeable. I appreciated that Hamilton stayed true to her characters’ origins throughout. We also get to know Luka quite well. By switching perspectives between the main characters Hamilton gives a deeper look at what everyone`s been dealing with and is now trying to overcome. My heart also broke for these characters.

Overall, this was an absolutely phenomenal novel that shook me to the core. I can`t wait to read more from this talented author.

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About the author:

TJ is an Aussie former cop turned writer. Her experiences with the seedier side to life when she was on the beat in one of Sydney's toughest areas, has given her plenty of food for fodder in her sexy tales of mystery and intrigue. Tragedy always strikes deep in TJ's stories, so her version of romance isn't like the kind your mum used to read. Nowadays her only source of action is the one going on inside her head as she enjoys a quiet life in the tropics with her ultimate leading man and beloved young family.

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