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The Shadowing by Rhiannon Ward

Genre: Historical, Psychological Thriller
Source: Compulsive Readers
Rating: 4’5/5
Publisher: Trapeze
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About The Book

When well-to-do Hester learns of her sister Mercy’s death at a Nottinghamshire workhouse, she travels to Southwell to find out how her sister ended up at such a place.
Haunted by her sister’s ghost, Hester sets out to uncover the truth, when the official story reported by the workhouse master proves to be untrue. Mercy was pregnant – both her and the baby are said to be dead of cholera, but the workhouse hasn’t had an outbreak for years.
Hester discovers a strange trend in the workhouse of children going missing. One woman tells her about the Pale Lady, a ghostly figure that steals babies in the night. Is this lady a myth or is something more sinister afoot at the Southwell poorhouse?
As Hester investigates, she uncovers a conspiracy, one that someone is determined to keep a secret, no matter the cost…


My Thoughts

Phantasmagorical and haunted, “The Shadowing” is a book you’ll not be able to put down. Before you start reading this book, you should know that it’s a historical psychological thriller with ghostly appearances and addictive.
With this said, let me talk a little about the plot; when Hester discovers that her beloved sister has passed away is ready to do anything to discover what happened to her. Even if it means traveling to Southwell where no one seems to welcome her and risk her life for the truth.
I have to say that I would read 200 more pages of this story, I was so involved with the plot that I wanted to know more about the characters and how everything continued. Because, even if this is a mystery book, what keeps you reading are the characters and their personal stories.
Hester is a Quaker, even if I don’t know much about the religion, it has a part in the story to relate to how Hester is and acts. Also, she hasn’t had an easy childhood and even if her appearance is fragile, she is brave and ready to do anything that she can to discover what happened to Mercy.
I liked how the author told the perspective from a woman and man voice; it shows how women are so many times ignored or kept in the dark because they weren’t valued or respected. Really, sometimes I wanted to shout out loud for how women were dismissed or manipulated, lucky for us, things have changed a little, but still not enough to have an equilibrium between men and women.
This is a high recommended book; one of the top ten this year? Possibly!
Are you ready for “The Shadowing”?


About The Author

Rhiannon Ward is the pseudonym for Sarah Ward, the Amazon bestselling and critically acclaimed crime author.
Sarah has a masters degree in Religious History and has long been fascinated by the long tradition of spiritualism in England. A member of the Society of Psychical Research, Sarah has also studied Conan Doyle’s passion for spiritualism. Sarah is a crime reviewer and book blogger at Crimepieces.