Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto

Shadow Child

"In this gripping tale of two sisters, Rahna Reiko Rizzuto probes, with great compassion, the heart-wrenching complexities of identity, memory, history, and survival."―Ruth Ozeki, Man Booker Prize-shortlisted & bestselling author of A Tale for the Time BeingA haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II-era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our h...

Details Shadow Child

TitleShadow Child
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherGrand Central Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Cultural, Japan

Reviews Shadow Child

  • Bookishfolk
    I loved the premise of the book, and wanted to see how it ended...but I struggled with the relationships in the book a bit (struggled in terms of believability) and the ending seemed far fetched and for me, fell a bit flat. With that said, I love books that deal with twins and their relationship with each other, both the good and the bad. If you are a twin, or have twins in your know first hand that that relationship is very differen...
  • Amina
    Jan 1: this book sounds interesting, I'll try itJan 2: so jealous my mom is in Hawaii right nowJan 3: email publisher to see if author could attend book club meetingJan 4: WTH happened in that cave? Guess I'll have to stay up late to find out!Beautiful writing, lush storytelling, this book engaged me right away.
  • Chaya Nebel
    This is the story of twin sisters, Hana and Kei, who have a complicated history and even more complicated present. It is also the story of their mother, Miya/ Lillie, whose disturbing and harrowing past never leaves her, hanging like a shadow over her life and the lives of her two young daughters. The story slowly uncovers Lillie's past, while at the same time diving into the sometimes confusing relationship between the two girls, and especially ...
  • Jalyn Powell
    Rahna Reiko Rizzuto has an exceptional ability to write lyrical, lucid narratives with complex and engrossing characters. Shadow Child is about two identical twin sisters - Hana and Kei - who grew up in Hawaii with a troubled, yet loving mother. One is the "good" twin and the other a "rebel," but their bond is stronger for it - until something happens that causes Hana to flee her home and her family and live in New York City, essentially in hidin...
  • Jane
    Thanks to Goodreads and Grand Central Publishing.Interesting book. There is the story of Lillian/Miya in the 1940s in Japan, then the twins Hana(ko) and Kei(ko) and their interesting lives in Hawaii where their mother Lillian tells them stories about Lillian who she calls Miya. Ends up that Miya changed her name to Lillian when she left Japan. Her daughters never knew that and found a picture of a little boy who was her son who they never knew of...
  • Jayne
    Received this ARC from Westwinds Bookshop, Duxbury, MAEnjoyed reading about Lillie’s life, internment and abduction/resettlement in Japan. Life in Hawaii portrays a less than flattering picture, again, interesting for going against the ‘tourist’ grain.Relationship between the twins in their early years was fascinating.I have to agree with previous reviewers that some of the darker issues could have been explained better. The book intimated ...
  • Kim McGee
    Identical twins Hana and Kei share everything as children especially trying to deal with their mentally ill mom. After a horrible accident Hana runs from Hawaii to New York where she tries to start a new life. Her sister after years of not seeing each other, suddenly shows up for a visit and something tragic happens. The story jumps from childhood to present day and it reads a bit like the madness and their unstable childhood. Just as the tide pu...
  • Luisa
    I won a copy of this book on goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I am not sure what I thought abut this book. I never got a good understanding of what made these characters tick, which is a shame as there was so much more potential there. I liked the fact it told the story from 3 different view points, and the historical aspect especially around the atomic bombs and Japan. I never grasped why Kei's friends targetted her sister Hana and ex...
  • Tabby
    Objectively, I feel the book deserves 4 stars, but gr ratings are supposed to be based on your enjoyment, which was a 1 or 2 for me. I’ve read other books featuring mental illness, the aftermath of atomic bombs, self harm, abuse. I don’t know why I felt so repulsed by this one, but I did. It isn’t a bad book-it’s very good actually, but I hated it. This was an ARC I received in a giveaway. (Not via goodreads)
  • Irene
    This was a little interesting in the beginning but it became too convoluted, confusing and very depressing. It is much too wordy for me, like listening to someone who enjoys hearing themselves talk.Others may like it, but it's not for me.
  • Jean Benedict
    This book was about twin sisters..It was a confusing story involving mental illness.The story went from the past and the future.Lillie the mother was in Japan when it was bombed.I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway
  • Marie
    (To enter book giveaway, must be an email subscriber on my site)Review goes up on publication day May 8
  • Tonya
    I enjoyed how the story was woven. The ending seemed rushed and not quite tied up like I would have liked but overall it was an engaging story
  • Alicia
    Confusing, a lot of reading and never felt like I got the meaning of what was going on or what happened. *received advanced readers copy from book giveaway*