Review & Author Spotlight
Lincoln McLaren is an eccentric mystery author who lives in a big house on the hill. Known to his neighbors as the creepy recluse, he keeps his distance from the public and relies on his long-time housekeeper and his latest assistant. His world is turned upside down when a serial killer starts using his novels, as a murder map. Not everyone understands his ways, especially his comfortableness with his own nudity. One woman, who desperately wants to get close to him, is willing to do take him as he is, if only he'd let her. Link reevaluates his life and his relationships as more bodies are dropping, close to home. Will he revert to his old self and have a nervous breakdown or will he be able to keep his sanity, as he becomes their number one suspect?
Amy Shannon is an American Storyteller, living in upstate New York, where she grew up. She juggles being a mother, writer, storyteller and student, 24 hours a day. She shares the stories in her head by putting them on paper (virtual or real), and most of her stories focus on the strength of women. Her first story, "Unwritten Life" celebrates 10 years and since then, she has continued to write and grow her stories. (The Sars Springs Saga has 62 volumes divided up between 6 series, and 2 more series of 3 books each that are related to the story). Even though the story ended, Amy promises there will be more to come in a different series.
With stories such as Prowl or Passionate Retribution (and their sequels) the women are in a traumatic situation and overcome it by taking control of their lives.
Where most of her main characters are women, "Shattered Pages" focuses on an eccentric best selling mystery writer, Link McLaren. He types in the nude and wears one sock or sometimes mismatched socks. There's a little "Link" in all of us.
My Review of Shattered Pages
My take: I have read several books by Amy Shannon, each proving to be a plot driven, twisting story. This book was different from her other books in that is is almost all dialogue with very little narration. Because of this, I think plot driven and action driven readers will enjoy it, and those who are character driven readers or want every detail explained to them will not. That is not to say the writing is good or bad, but it is a matter of a reader's preference. Something else that was different in this book as compared with her others is that the plot did not reveal itself until chapter 5 or so, whereas in her other books, the action sort of started right away. I think this was to give the reader back story of the main character. If you have not read this author before, then take a chance and get her on Kindle Unlimited today. Her book Prowl truly sticks out in my mind as one of my favorites by her so think about that one as well.