Like Juanita Kees other Wongan Creek stories, Shadows does not disappoint. I liked the main characters right from the start and had a soft spot for one particular little boy. The author does a lovely job of portraying Fenella’s tortured soul and the life of someone who’s done it hard. And Kieran. Well, he’s just plain loveable. There’s a suspense side to the story and a dark side to Wongan Creek too, so if you like rural romance, you’ll love this. I did!
As Australian rural romantic suspense stories go, this one is a corker and had me on the edge of my seat from the start. It’s the third in author Juanita Kees’ Wongan Creek series but the first one of this series that I’ve read. That didn’t make it difficult to follow the story though The other two books would certainly help set the scene, however and having read and enjoyed this story I’ll be adding them to my reading pile. This story builds the suspense on several levels. Externally there is the increasing threat to heroine Fenella and her adopted mum Liv as members of the Beyond Hell’s Reach motorcycle gang punish her for reporting her ex-boyfriend’s criminal activities. Internally both Fenella and her teenage best friend Kieren, who is newly returned to Wongan Creek, have to face ghosts from their past while trying to help Kieren’s son Liam recover from the drowning death of his mother. The danger facing them and the awful things that keep happening are hard to imagine yet perfectly plausible. The characters in this story are well developed and so easy to care about. The combination of these elements with a well structured plot make this a thoroughly entertaining story. Loved it!
I've read all the Wongan Creek stories and I think this is my favourite so far. I loved Fenella and Kieran as the main characters, but the supporting cast (including a gorgeous bearded dragon) are what really made the book for me. It's about a second chance at romance, but it is also about these two characters from such troubled backgrounds as children, making a second chance at living life right. As usual, Juanita Kees writes with huge empathy and insight into modern issues, and the suspense line flows through this story, keeping everyone you've come to care for on their toes. Another great episode in a lovely rural romantic suspense series.