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Another fantastic installment in the Shadowlands series by Kate Brian. Here is Amazon’s description for “Hereafter”.

Rory Miller thought her life was over when a serial killer set his sights on her and forced her into witness protection. But a fresh start on Juniper Landing Island was exactly what she and her family needed. For the first time in years she and her sister hang out at the beach, gossip about boys, and party together. She”s also made friends with a local clique—including a magnetic and mysterious boy named Tristan. But Rory”s world is about to change again. Picturesque Juniper Landing isn”t what it seems. The truth about the swirling fog that rolls in each morning, the bridge that leads to nowhere, and those beautiful locals who seem to watch Rory”s every move is more terrifying than being hunted by Steven Nell. And all Rory ever wanted was the truth. Even if it means learning that she can never go home again. From the best-selling author of the Private and Privilege series comes the second novel in a heart-stopping trilogy about a girl who must pick up the pieces after the only life she”s ever known ends.

As this book started, I wasn’t sure how I felt while reading. I got over the shock that everyone on the island was dead, and it ended up making sense to me. However, Tristan made me want to punch him. He leads Rory on and then when she kisses him, he acts shocked. And then a day or two later, he’s decided that he loves her and wants to be with her. That was my first inkling that he had an ulterior motive.

It was very simple to figure out that Tristan was responsible for the wrong things happening on Juniper Landing which disappointed me. After being shocked at the ending of Shadowlands, I was hoping for more out of this book.

This book was a quick and simple read that still left the reader in suspense and wanting more. I love watching Rory grow and not being willing to accept the status quo.

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Shadowlands by Kate Brian was an incredible book.Here is the description from Amazon

Rory Miller had one chance to fight back and she took it. Rory survived and the serial killer who attacked her escaped. Now that the infamous Steven Nell is on the loose, Rory must enter the witness protection with her father and sister, Darcy, leaving their friends and family without so much as a goodbye.

Starting over in a new town with only each other is unimaginable for Rory and Darcy. They were inseparable as children, but now they can barely stand each other. As the sisters settle in to Juniper Landing, a picturesque vacation island, it seems like their new home may be just the fresh start they need. They fall in with a group of beautiful, carefree teens and spend their days surfing, partying on the beach, and hiking into endless sunsets. But just as they’re starting to feel safe again, one of their new friends goes missing. Is it a coincidence? Or is the nightmare beginning all over again?

From beginning to end, this book was a great page-turner. It keeps the reader engaged and yearning for more. I love the way the author kept the plot funny, intense, and suspenseful.

While reading this book, you have hope for the main character. Hope that her life will end up okay and that Steven Nell hasn’t completely destroyed everything for her and her family.

As for the ending… The ending took me completely by surprise and left me going “what the heck just happened”. I ended up rereading the book so that I could understand.

If you don’t like surprise endings, this is definitely not the book for you.