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Evie was nine years old when she first came across an old photo of a strange woman, dressed in 1930s fashion, standing stiffly to the left of an elevated small box. With her eyes burning with curiosity, Evie turned to her grandfather, Ollie, with questions about who the woman was. But when Ollie glanced at the photo, his face turned red, and he said he didn't want to talk about it. But why would Ollie keep this photo if he didn't want to talk about it? A decade and a half later, Ollie passes away, and as Evie is looking for a picture to be used at his funeral, she finds the mystery woman's photo. When Evie examines the photo more closely, the woman's eyes touch her heart. Even more unsettling is when Evie discovers that the small box in the photo is not merely a box but a small coffin! Could Evie's grandpa somehow be related to the mystery woman? What could she have suffered those many years ago? Pick up a copy of Hidden in the Shadows by A.D. Vancise to find out.
When you begin reading this book, you embark on an adventure filled with chilling mysteries that draw you deep into the story. The author vividly informs your mind's eye. You will gasp as Evie grips the steering wheel tight and swerves to escape the figure that appears out of nowhere, and you will pray that the dark figure she spots in the upstairs window above her apartment won't be lying in wait when she enters. You will also get to know and love the characters in the book. They are all very well-developed and are the plot's engineers. Even Wilbur, the cat, actively participated in the advancement of the plot. The theme of love and sacrifice was a significant highlight. In this story, you will see family members making difficult choices and sacrifices to keep those they love safe. My heart ached when Evie made the painful choice to let the man she loved, Luke, go because she knew he would lose his scholarship if they stayed together. For fans of fast-paced action stories, this is the book for you. A.D. Vancise introduces action scenes that ensure never a dull moment throughout. Hidden in the Shadows is an excellent read that has made me check out more works by A.D. Vancise.