Review: The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell


Release date: May 1, 2019

Publisher: Lake Union

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others.

Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.

Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.

As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.


Ahh I so love diving into a dark tale of obsession, especially when there are two women involved, there’s something intoxicating about a relationship full of secrets to me and there was plenty of that here. This was a slow burn with a big payoff in the end, one of my personal preferences when reading a slower paced book, and I throughly enjoyed this one.

Both Laura and Graye were complex women who were not altogether very likable but I tend to enjoy reading about unlikable (and unreliable) characters. Laura being a book blogger of course interested me but her private life was more fascinating than her career, her marriage is a nightmare and domestic strife never fails to intrigue me. What begins as a close friendship between Laura and Graye soon took some dark twists and turns that I didn’t see coming, it was the kind of read that well and truly sucks you in, especially during the last half. Definitely recommended to add to your summer TBR, it’s got enough of a dark edge to keep things intriguing and is light enough to read by the pool!

The Shadow Writer in three words: Unnerving, Multifaceted and Unpredictable

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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