BOOK REVIEW: Lady of the Shades by Darren Shan

18658173Overall rating: ★★★★☆, 4/5

Length: 320 pages

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Blurb: In a hotel room in Chile, an assassin washes blood from his clothes as he receives word of a new job. Miles away in the twisting streets of London, American writer Ed is tormented by the ghosts of his brutal past. And unseen, a plot churns into motion that will blur the boundaries between what’s real and what’s not.

Ensnared in an affair with the beautiful wife of a dangerous crime lord, Ed fights to keep a deadly secret hidden. But with each turn, his past is catching up with him.

Because in the shadows, nothing is as it seems…

Review: I really, really enjoyed this book.

I’ve been a fan of Darren Shan for years, but this is the first book I’ve read of his that has been written explicitly for adults. I wasn’t sure it was possible that I could enjoy his adult writing quite as much as I enjoyed poring through his Demonata series as an 11/12 year old girl, letting my imagination run wild, but I was pleasantly surprised.

At its very core, this is a thriller. And a very gripping thriller at that. I finished this book in less than 24 hours, which is pretty good going for someone who was working stupid hours in retail at the time. I hate the term, but it really was a ‘page-turner.’

Surprisingly, I even loved the romance elements to the book. I could feel myself getting warm and fuzzy when Ed met Andeanna – at the same time I knew, like Ed, that it was too good to be true. But that’s about as far as it goes regarding things I was certain of.

If anything, the ending was quite “out there” and slightly unbelievable, but I think in a world of nuisance ghosts, gangs and spontaneous combustion, pretty much anything goes, right?

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