Shadow Woman by Linda Howard

Shadow Woman

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERFrom Linda Howard comes a thrilling and sensual new novel of romance, suspense, intrigue . . . and memories that can kill. SHADOW WOMAN  Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and makes a terrifying discovery: She doesn’t recognize the face she sees in the mirror. She remembers what she looks like, but her reflection is someone else’s. To add to the shock, two years seem to have disappeared from her life. Someone has g...

Details Shadow Woman

TitleShadow Woman
Release DateJan 1st, 2013
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreRomance, Romantic Suspense, Suspense, Mystery, Contemporary, Fiction, Thriller

Reviews Shadow Woman

  • Jill
    Then she straightened, tossing her hair back, and turned to the mirror - and stared into the face of a stranger.Lizette (Lizzy) Henry wakes one morning and doesn't recognise her own face. Certain features are similar to what she remembers, but it's not her. Thoughts run through her mind. Is she crazy, having a stroke, is it amnesia? Some vague memories stir, and she's suddenly vomiting, a blinding pain behind her eyes. Each time these memories su...
  • Tammy Zautner
    Ok, I really really hate having to leave negative reviews. Especially for an author I adore. One of my favorite books by her is Mr. Perfect, and sits on my 5 star shelf, so please don't let this review stop you from checking out Mrs. Howard's writing. She is a wonderful writer. Unfortunately, this book was just not one of them. I had to force myself to finish. It started out very confusing, and took awhile for the story to start making a bit of s...
  • Georgia ♥ Team Dex ♥
    **Copy provided via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review** You never forget your first...That's what they say, right? And you never do! Linda Howard was my first romance ever. I was 17, a bookworm teenager and I've read all the classics. And then a friend gave me this book and said: "Hey, stop with all this heavy stuff, here take some break". It was Now You See Her and my initiation began. I never looked back!!!!!!!!! As I've already said: ...
  • Kathleen
    Key spoilers are hidden. Shadow Woman fell a bit flat for me, but there are some excellent bits, and Xavier and Lizzy brought to mind some of my favorite characters from Howard's stock. I will start with what I see as weak points, then move to the good stuff, and finally to the cross-book character comparisons.Xavier and Lizzy don't spend any time together until 76% into the story -- not counting several sexy dreams and a fun, but brief, encounte...
  • Elizabeth (Liz)
    4 StarsWhat do you do when you wake up one random morning, feeling like yourself, no amnesia, remembering the day before, your family, where you grew up...but, when you look in the mirror, you simply do not recognize the woman staring back at you? This is Lizette Henry's new reality. It's possible she's lost her mind, but instinct tells her that's not the case. There's another answer. In the end, she may very well wish she hadn't sought the truth...
  • Alex is The Romance Fox
    SHADOW WOMAN by Linda Howard opens up with a spectacular prologue. US president shot by his wife! Cut to Chapter 1 – Lizette Henry wakes up one morning and doesn’t recognize her face in the mirror. She remembers what she looked like and it’s certainly not the face looking at her from the mirror. She also remembers the last two years of her life…before that she has no recollection.As she begins to remember more, she realizes that something...
  • Lauren
    Shadow Woman3 StarsLizette Henry awakens one morning to discover that she has lost two years of her life. She soon finds herself on the run from anonymous assassins sent to ensure that the secrets she holds remain forgotten forever. Along with Sandra Brown and Nora Roberts, Linda Howard is one of the queens of the romantic suspense genre. Unfortunately, Shadow Woman is not one of the better examples of her work. To begin with, the conspiracy plot...
  • Duchess Nicole
    All right, folks...something's going on here...This is the second of Linda Howard's new-ish books that I have avoided due to lackluster ratings and some very very meh reviews. And this is the second one that I've enjoyed MUCH more than I expected to. Perhaps it's due to my lowered expectations, but I found this to be pretty damn good. Not quite five stars, definitely not my favorite by her but it felt like a Linda Howard story. And I really dug i...
  • [Aengell]
    3.5 starsAs a suspense novel, this was really good and it was even somehow unique with its plot and story structure. Nothing out of the world, but it's hard to find suspense novels that don't stick tot the same old formula, so this was a nice change. The blurb is intentionally vague and I will leave it at that, because any further information could be classified as a spoiler. Lizzy, the heroine, is a complex character who goes through a big devel...
  • Pamela(AllHoney)
    The prologue opens up in San Francisco four years prior. Laurel Rose is secret service and coming off duty. She hears gunfire and rushes to the rooms of the President and First Lady... Fast forward to four years later and we meet Lizette Henry. Lizette wakes up one morning and doesn't recognize herself in the mirror. Linda Howard has written some of my most favorite books and while this won't be one of them, it definitely was worth reading for me...
  • Vintage
    Audio book....listening...I guess the inner dialogue/monologue from the point of view of the heroine and the hero was necessary, but definitely takes away from the story.Amnesiac heroine's recovering memory triggers a Hunger Games style chain of events.
  • D.G.
    Check out this review and others at badassbookreviews.comIn an industry dominated by series, it’s so refreshing to read a stand-alone knowing that you won’t have to wait years until all to get the story arc. That’s why when I’m in a rut and don’t know what to read, I always turn to Linda Howard because I know she’ll have an exciting story with lots of twists and a sexy romance.Shadow Woman is a high octane thriller that starts with a ...
  • Crista
    3.5 starsShadow Woman has a very intriguing plot. A woman wakes up, looks in the mirror, and has a panic attack. She has no memory of at least 2 years of her life and doesn't remember how she got her current job (or her current face for that matter.) To say I was intrigued by this plot would be a huge understatement. I wanted to understand the "whys" and "hows" of this woman's life. As Lizette slowly begins to piece her life back together and see...
  • willaful
    3 1/2 stars. Shadow Woman is definitely romantic suspense rather than suspenseful romance. It reminded me a lot of Howard's Son of the Morning -- not in terms of the plot, but of the action. Like in that book, the heroine Lizzy spends much of the book on the run, learning -- or in this case relearning -- survival skills; until the last quarter of the book, she interacts with the hero Xavier primarily through her dreams. This is the sort of story ...
  • -y.a
    I personally like books which use a good balance of narrative and dialogue. For the most part, Shadow Woman contains heavy narrative and few interactions between characters. It began with an impressive prologue, and an intriguing mystery about a woman who couldn’t recognize her own face in the mirror. The storyline has great potential, but the execution falls flat. Still, it is a decent RS read.
  • Jacqueline
    I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting. If however you are expecting romance, look elsewhere. There are two people in a relationship but even though they knew each other previously, they don't meet in this book until past the 2/3rds mark.I was riveted though by the suspense element of it all, why she didn't recognize herself and why she had 2 blank years etc.So this is nothing like Linda Howard of old where the relationship was the...
  • *The Angry Reader*
    Perfection. Heavy focus on the bad-ass chick. Dude was great, but he wasn't the focus. Low on romance - it did give me some grins and swoons. High on action. A story where a woman saves herself. High on the list of LH favorites.
  • Kat
    I got this book to review from NetGalley. Linda Howard has always been one of my go-to authors when it comes to Romantic Suspense.The heroine Lizzy woke up one day, and looked at herself in the mirror only to find out that the face that she was seeing wasn't hers. She comes to realize that there were some gaps in her memory and suddenly she feels watched all the time. Bit by bit her memories come back to her, along with that of a man she must hav...
  • ShoSho
    Loved it! Not big on romance but what it had was great. 4.5 stars
  • Lisa Kay
    ★★★★ ★★★★½
  • Paula Brandon
    Lizette wakes up one morning and doesn't recognise the face in the mirror as her own. She hasn't lost her memory or anything like that - so what is going on? When she calls in sick and her boss mentions it's her first sick day in three years, it causes confusion. She thought she had been at her job for five years! She slowly realises that she can't remember actually starting her job, buying her house or buying her car! We the reader know it must ...
  • Jonetta
    From the moment Lizette Henry looks in the mirror one morning and doesn't recognize her face, this story begins a rather odd and bizarre journey to distinguish between her current existence and an alternate reality. Every time Lizette has thoughts of another point in time that is inconsistent with her present lifestyle, she gets intense, debilitating pains in her head that level her. She can remember beyond three years ago, can remember her child...
  • fleurette
    To me books by Linda Howard differ a lot in quality. There are some that I like a lot and some that I'm not so fond of. Shadow Woman was one of the better ones. The story, although completely unbelievable, was really grabbing. This was like a good action movie. There was a lot of suspense and action, plus some really grabbing well-developed plot. Even though, all the events were completely unbelievable I didn't mind it because reading it was such...
  • Sanya
    Oh,noooo, not again! This book is somehow cold, remote, I couldn't relate with the characters. I didn't CARE what happened to Lizzy or X, and that shouldn't happen in one of Linda's book. As it progressed, it kept going worse. I forced myself to finish it, and, man, I kept falling asleep.
  • Mary Lou
    I liked the characters and the story. Just wish Lizette and Xavier had more interaction in the beginning of the book.
  • Booklover, Indianapolis
    (Mar) I think we all have to just admit defeat – Linda Howard, like Julia Quinn and Karen Marie Moning and Julie Garwood and Judith McNaught (to name a few) will never return to the writing style that made us fall in love with her (them). I know people love KMM’s Fever series, but to me, while I enjoyed them, they’ll never hold a candle to her Highlander romances. I have not even tried JG’s contemporary books, but I have heard that they a...
  • Jenna Howard
    Let me start by saying I am a huuuuuuge Linda Howard fan. To me she's my Queen and I worship at her alter but...But...For the past few years I felt like I wasn't quite as adoring as I had been in the past. I get one book a year from her and each one was sought with eager anticipation. I'd buy without reading, race home to read it. One year I went to every bookstore in the area to get her new one. But lately...lately I was given stories that left ...
  • Bekah
    Linda Howard has always been a phenomenal romance author for me. She's fast becoming a phenomenal romantic suspense author for me as well. This story begins with a prologue that grabs you immediately and will not let you go. I loved how my fingers flew through the pages until I reached the very last one. You'll find you'll be as intrigued as I when you pick this one up.We begin our story with Lizette Henry going through her normal routine as she ...
  • Ian
    Lizette has a boring life. She works a boring job, drives a boring car, even the food she eats is boring. Then one morning she wakes up, looks in the mirror and doesn't recognize herself and two years of her life have disappeared. Xavier has been watching and protecting Lizzie for the past five years. When Lizzie's memories start returning he needs to act and act quickly. Her memories could destroy some very dangerous people and Xavier needs to f...
  • Laura (Kyahgirl)
    3/5; 3 stars; B-I listened to parts of this book and read the rest. It was enjoyable in a very non-exciting way. The pacing was kind of slow and dreamy for the first half of the book. Not as good as some books I've read by this author but still pretty solid.