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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,503 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Howard Narrator: Carrington MacDuffie Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9780307577689
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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 gone to great and inexplicable lengths to keep those missing years hidden forever. But the past always finds a way to return.

Strange memories soon begin to surface and, along with them, some unusual skills and talents that Lizette hasn’t a clue about acquiring. Sensing she’s being monitored, Lizette suddenly knows how to search for bugs in her house and tracking devices in her car. What’s more, she can elude surveillance like a trained agent.

Enter a mysterious and seductive stranger named Xavier, who claims he wants to help but who triggers disturbing images of an unspeakable crime of which Lizette may or may not be the perpetrator. With memories returning, she suddenly becomes a target of anonymous assassins. On the run with nowhere to hide, Lizette has no choice but to rely on Xavier, a strong and magnetic man she doesn’t trust, with a powerful attraction she cannot resist. As murky waters become clear, Lizette confronts a conspiracy that is treacherous and far-reaching and a truth that, once revealed, may silence her and Xavier once and for all.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “An intriguing plot and captivating characters with lots of drama, tension, intrigue, and suspense.”

    Star-Ledger

  • “Rousing in several senses; another triumph by a queen of romantic suspense.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • “As usual, veteran Howard, the queen of romantic suspense, gives readers a roller-coaster ride of action, intrigue, and love.”

    Booklist

  • “Fast-paced, intricately detailed romantic suspense…Readers won’t want to put it down until the extraordinary conclusion…Highly recommended.”

    Fresh Fiction

  • “From the opening line, Shadow Woman will grab readers and take them on an exhilarating and terrifying adventure!”

    RT Book Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Suttle | 2/16/2014

    " it was awesome and a thriller "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Margaret | 2/7/2014

    " I was happy to see a new Linda Howard book at the library and brought it home and started reading almost immediately. In the beginning I was mildly intrigued but it didn't take long til boredom set in. Not one of her best in my estimation. I found myself skipping pages and not really caring how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Locati | 1/26/2014

    " What an interesting concept for a book. I won't give it away ... but really interesting. I enjoyed this book. There was great character development, romance, intrigue, compelling, non-stop action. This is the first Linda Howard book that I've read. Definitely would recommend this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 1/14/2014

    " Enjoyed the story "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jami Dutcher | 1/12/2014

    " Loved this book. Very fast read. Great characters and story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Book Worm | 1/6/2014

    " Waking up with a stranger's face, Lizette Henry can't remember the previous five years of her life. As painful memories resurface of her shadow self & a shocking assassination, she goes on the run from deadly spies & must figure out if the mysterious Mr. X is friend or foe. The book is kind of like the movie "Long Kiss Goodnight", kind of kick-ass :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carrie | 12/30/2013

    " Probably 3.5*, but I'm rounding down because the story took too long to really take off. I like the premise of the book and overall I enjoyed the story, the romance and the suspense. The only problem was that the first fourth of the book is slow. After the initial realization that Lizette was coming out of some kind of "induced amnesia" the book drags until the reader has more of the backstory. Xavier is a great hero and I liked the chemistry between the leads. Definitely a fun Howard book but not as good as many others. I do think this would make a great movie plot, however. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Smatzny | 12/30/2013

    " Easy flowing read. Thriller with sex. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miki | 12/25/2013

    " Overall, a good book. There are a few unanswered questions, and I really wonder if Howard is a conspiracy theorist, but I liked it much better than her last several books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 11/5/2013

    " Great read...didn't want it to end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yvonne Kohano | 11/1/2013

    " This story kept me on the edge of my seat! I particularly liked the way the mysteries unfolded - never knowing if someone is on the side or right or evil until it's absolutely the last possible moment to know. I recommend reading this when you want something you can't put down! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 10/28/2013

    " Ohhhh it had Sooo much potential. And while some raved about it, I felt nothing. No attachment to the characters, the ending was flat, unexciting and left little to be desired. I did read it pretty quick wanting to know what will happen, but was disappointed with the results "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurel | 10/10/2013

    " A spooky spy thriller/action story that kept me guessing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 10/4/2013

    " I liked this book, fast paced and puzzling, never knew what would happen next. A good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 9/19/2013

    " A very intense read, but not appealing unless you don't mind living inside the mind of a woman who is thowing up for the first four chapters. It gets better toward the end as the character regains her former life. The plot becomes suspenseful with a cat-and-mouse theme and lots of blood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steph | 6/1/2013

    " Thought it was going to be really good, but ended up being disappointed because the two protagonists only meet and interact for the last twenty pages. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 ReadingWench | 5/21/2013

    " I felt this book was a little off of the typical Linda Howard book of the past. Do not get me wrong. I enjoyed the book. It was a good book and the characters were good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shari | 5/6/2013

    " Linda Howard has always been one of my long time favorite authors, but I have to say, this is by far the best of her books. I was captivated from the start. This was definately worth the wait for a Linda Howard book and well worth the hype. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jillian | 5/2/2013

    " Still Love Linda Howard ! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 3/9/2013

    " Can you imagine looking in the mirror one morning and not recognizing the face staring back at you? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosemary Yakubowski | 2/17/2013

    " Excellent Murder Mystery. No idea why things were happening until the last 30 pages. GREAT suspense. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heidi P | 2/13/2013

    " I would actually say 3.5 on this one. While I really enjoyed it, it's not my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn | 1/25/2013

    " Shadow Woman is a truly exciting book!! I could not put it down. There is plenty of action, and even a little humor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/30/2012

    " I think that the premise of the story had very good potential, but it did not seem to get me emotionally involved with the characters at all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Sykes | 12/22/2012

    " Took too long to get the characters together and then it was over too quick after that. "

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About the Author
Author Linda Howard

Linda Howard is an award-winning author whose New York Times bestsellers include Open Season, All the Queen’s Men, Mr. Perfect, Kill and Tell, and Son of the Morning. She joined the Romance Writers of America in 1981, shortly after it was formed. She lives in Alabama with her husband and two dogs.

About the Narrator

Carrington MacDuffie is a voice actor and recording artist who has narrated over two hundred audiobooks, received numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, and has been a frequent finalist for the Audie Award, including for her original audiobook, Many Things Invisible. Alongside her narration work, she has released a new album of original songs, Only an Angel.