She signs the visitor's log, and the receptionist passes her a neon-green sticker to affix to her shirt. Proof that Graye isn’t some rogue criminal, there to ravish old ladies and steal pieces from the jigsaw puzzles.
She stares at him for a beat, struggling to remind herself of the man she knows he can be—when he isn’t being this one. It’s getting more difficult every day to bring that man to mind.
Whom you choose to be married to is your business, Laura. I decided a long time ago that love must be an evolutionary adaptation… It’s nature’s way of allowing even mediocre men to find a mate… Oh, child. How naive you are… If procreation were reserved only for extraordinary men, the species would have died a slow, sputtering death centuries ago.
A bad marriage is a forge. Once you’re in it, your only choice is to push forward and find your way out of the flames, scars and all, hopefully stronger for it… The alternative is to sit there and be burned to nothing.
She knows dwelling on could-have-been and should-have-been doesn’t change what is, but some days that’s a hard lesson to remember.
This was a twisty, maddeningly paced, brilliantly plotted, and ingeniously written tale with a cast of intriguing and largely aberrant characters. While it was soon evident that one of the main characters was mentally disturbed as she noted concern with “losing track of what’s real and what isn’t;” I just hadn’t realized the extent or how far back the decimation went. Ms. Maxwell’s evocative writing was uniquely compelling, devastating, diabolical, and dauntingly engrossing. I was taut with tension and transfixed to my Kindle while nearly insane with impatience and driven to know every deeply buried secret past and present. I am on the hook and her devoted fangirl for life. I covet her advanced level of word sorcery and am greedily plotting to read her every word.
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 more from this book but it fell a bit flat for me. A decent ending though.
Graye Templeton had a horrific childhood, one that she hoped to escape and put behind her. She gets a job 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.