Book Review: Shadow of Doubt by Linda Poitevin

Summary (from Wattpad)

When police officer Kate Dexter runs over a man on a dark country road, the last thing she expects to discover is that he’s also been shot. Unable to get help because of the storm that caused the accident in the first place, she takes the unconscious stranger to her family’s farm, intending to alert the local authorities.

Then Jonas Burke regains consciousness, and his shocking blue eyes and incredible story give her pause. Is he the victim of the conspiracy he claims? Or is he the dirty cop-turned-murderer that’s the subject of a Canada-wide warrant?

With a manhunt underway for the fugitive she’s now harboring, Kate finds herself torn between career and instinct. Even as everything cop in her insists she turn him over, her heart tells her he’s innocent…but can she trust a heart that’s gone as rogue as the cop she may be falling for?

Favourite Quote

The gesture of familiarity twisted through Jonas with all the subtlety of a prison-made shank.

Review

This was one of those books where, on reaching the end of the chapter, I found myself saying, “Just one more”.  Again and again and again.  I just couldn’t stop reading until I reached the end.

The story, set in Canada and then the United States, is told from the perspectives of both Kate Dexter and Jonas Blake.  Their characters are so different from each other that you are pulled along by their toing-and-froing, and the tension between them was palpable throughout. I also liked Todd Jennings, Dexter’s partner.

There is plenty of action in this story, and so many twists and turns to keep you wondering where the next threat is going to come from.  After all, the odds are stacked against them from the start. The pace of the story was just right; fast enough to keep the reader engage but not so fast that they got lost.

As I read, I could clearly envisage each place Dexter and Blake visited.  From the country road where the story began, to the dark alleys, diners and motels that they called into.  The ending wasn’t unexpected, but I was kept guessing as to how the story was going to get there, which made for a fresh and captivating read.

This is one of the best books I’ve read on Wattpad, and I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially to those who like their crime novels to have a romantic suspense element to them.  I will certainly be reading more by this author, without a doubt.

Rating

4.5 / 5

I found Shadow of Doubt by Linda Poitevin on Wattpad.

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2 thoughts on “Book Review: Shadow of Doubt by Linda Poitevin

  1. Interesting juxtaposition between blurb and review. The book summary really drew me in (it’s certainly well-written, which speaks well for the book itself). Part of what appealed to me was this idea that the MC Kate didn’t know whether she could trust this man or not – she’s getting two very different stories, and has to risk it, either way. The whole summary is told from Kate’s POV. But then you say in the review that the story is also told from Jonas’ POV, which means we already know whether he’s telling the truth or not. Or is his character set up as an unreliable narrator? Either way, it seems like the summary was oddly misleading (not to harp on that, but I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to present/summarize my own book). .

    And also either way, sounds like it was a fun read!

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    • It was a fun read 🙂
      Regarding the summary, it’s probably written solely from Kate’s POV because at the beginning Jonas is still unconscious, and the truth doesn’t become clear until Kate’s decided what it is she wants to do. So, she’s really the driving force behind how the story unfolds.

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