In The Victim's Shadow
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On a cold San Francisco evening, Amber and Katherine Winters, a mother and daughter modeling team, stop at a corner store after work for some much-needed ice cream. Instead, they meet a man whose desperate actions will put an end to Amber’s life, and forever scar Katherine.
That desperate man is Spencer Simon, a man out of luck, with no job and no place to live. Rejected from yet another job, at that same corner market, Spencer is surprised to find himself pulling out a gun instead of the change for his cup of coffee. He is even more surprised when the cashier throws the money at him. When the gun fires, killing the beautiful model as he is trying to flee, Spencer doesn’t know what to do-except run, leaving five-year old Katherine crying over her dead mother.
Twenty-seven years later, Katherine is all grown up, and Spencer has a son who, forced to grow up under his father’s soul-consuming guilt, is bitter over having lost his childhood. Chad focuses his hatred on Katherine, whom he blames for his problems, and devises a plan to make her suffer as much as he has.
Katherine has now become a successful lawyer, with a longing in her heart for something special: a child. When Chad attempts to enter Katherine’s life, she is unimpressed and easily dismisses him. This only angers Chad more, causing him to devise another plan. Chad learns of John Wheaton, the man Katherine is in love with, and upon seeing the strength of their bond, reacts in anger over Katherine’s happiness and attacks John, leaving him for dead and Katherine facing another loss in her life.
Meanwhile, in an attempt to appease his guilt and in some way show his son that he loves him, Spencer sits back and watches as his son become this bitter monster.
An enjoyable read
What is Chad up to? And why does he have it in for Katherine?
Katherine is a successful attorney with a wealthy father, a penthouse apartment and a near-perfect life in this romance/suspense novel by Victoria Schwimley. Near-perfect, that is, until Chad Simon oozes his way into her life. Even though the author revealed Chad's motive by the midpoint of the novel, the story held my interest to the end. The subplots moved the narrative along and the author maintained a good pace. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy some suspense mixed in with their romance stories.
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.