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June 16, 2014

THE SHADOW YEAR by Hannah Richell

A lake in the landscape's most beautiful and expressive feature.  It is earth's eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature.
-Henry David Thoreau,
Walden, 1854
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THE SHADOW YEAR
by
Hannah Richell

The Shadow Year
FIVE FRIENDS,
AN ABANDONED HOUSE.
A SECRET THEY CAN'T BURY. 
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Still grieving the death of her prematurely delivered infant, Lila finds a welcome distraction in renovating a country house she's recently inherited. Surrounded by blueprints and plaster dust, though, she finds herself drawn into the story of a group of idealistic university grads from thirty years before, who'd thrown off the shackles of bourgeois city life to claim the cottage and rely only on each other on the land. But utopia-building can be fraught with unexpected peril, and when the fate of the group is left eerily unclear, Lila turns her attention to untangling a web of secrets to uncover the shocking truth of what happened that fateful year, in order to come to terms with her own loss and build a new future for herself.

Suspenseful and moving, with a deep secret at its heart, THE SHADOW YEAR is Hannah Richell's breakout book.

Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 6th 2014 
by Grand Central Publishing (first published April 30th 2013)
original title The Shadow Year
ISBN 1455554332 
 (ISBN13: 9781455554331)

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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
https://d.gr-assets.com/authors/1328520132p5/4925561.jpgAustralia Hannah Richell was born in Kent, England and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1998 she worked in book publishing and film. She now lives in Sydney with her husband,Hannah Richell was born in Kent, England and spent her childhood years in Buckinghamshire and Canada. After graduating from the University of Nottingham in 1998 she worked in book publishing and film. She now lives in Sydney with her husband, their two young children and a black-and-white cat called Lennie and returns to the UK as often as possible to spend time with family and savour the green grass of home. their two young children and a black-and-white cat called Lennie and returns to the UK as often as possible to spend time with family and savour the green grass of home.
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REVIEW

SETTING: Summer 1980, English countryside.  Five friends come across a lakeside cottage deep in the country that has been abandoned.  This is an escape for Kat and  her friends.  A chance to disappear for a while, offering lazy summer days laying by the lake and winter nights sitting by the fire.
Things will never be the same as an unexpected visitor arrives at their door.  
SETTING:  3 Decades later.   Lila's marriage is in  trouble.  She goes to the same cottage and finds peace in renovating it.  She begins to wonder about who had lived there before.  She wonders how they managed to get along when in such isolated conditions.  They had left without taking their belongings. WHY?  But worse than that, she has this feeling that she's being watched.
I thought the author began the book with a good setting of what was to become.   She put together a story with everythigng you could want, lies, secrets, tragedy and betrayal.   The author wrote a tale of the dark and light sides of the human being and the relationships that they encountered.  The past is not only the past but has a profound effect on the future.  Something that we can't escape. The author wrote a wonderful story of weaving the past with the present and giving us an ending that can't be forgotten. There are twists and turns on every page which keeps the reader's interest.  The web is woven tight and then it slowly unravels. 
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves, mystery, past to present, and a good entertaining read.
Grab a copy and decide for yourself.  I don't believe you'll be disappointed.

I was given a complimentary copy of THE SHADOW YEAR by Hannah Richell from NightOwlReviews for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.


I would give this book 4 STARS.

Australian/NZ edition - available 30 April 2013   UK hardback cover - June 2013
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