Shadowlands by Kate BrianShadowlands by Kate Brian


byKate Brian

Hardcover | January 8, 2013

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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?
Kieran Scott writes under the pseudonym Kate Brian. She is the author of over two dozen teen novels, including the bestselling Private and Privilege series and The Princess and the Pauper, which was an ALA Quick Pick. Kieran has also written numerous books under her own name, including the He's So/She's So and I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerl...
Title:ShadowlandsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.75 × 6 × 1.25 inPublished:January 8, 2013Publisher:Disney-HyperionLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1423164830

ISBN - 13:9781423164838


Rated 5 out of 5 by from What A Thriller!! I am now a Kate Brian fan!!! This book was so creepy and good that you will want to pick this book up right away! The cover caught my attention immediately before it came out and the summary just made me want this book even more. I have read other books under her other name Kieran Scott which I adored. Shadowlands has action, crime and suspense! I was just blown away at how well written it was.  Right from the beginning I was so creeped out from the first chapter. The point of view was from the stalker/Steven Nell who is just a creepy, creepy man. I was even scared to read some of it, made your skin crawl. The thrilling scenes that Kate Brian uses just makes you want to read more of what is going to happen after chasing this girl. There is two point of views but Steven has just a few scenes from his perspective. He is a killer after his prey and will not stop to finish what he started.  So much goes on through the story that makes you think and all the characters that are being introduced makes you question if they are hiding things as well. Rory's relationship with her sister was between fighting and not getting along. The were so many twists that it made me enjoy the book more. Kate Brian's writing was amazing and full of intrigue. This book will make you crave for the next book immediately. Add this book to your TBR lists!!
Date published: 2013-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from interesting story...and surprise ending the synopsis on side cover makes it sound like a straight forward mystery about a girl and her family on the run from a killer. it is definitely more than that. there's the mystery about the killer, settling in to a new town, these beautiful young people with their own secrets, disappearances, etc. there is something going on in juniper landing??? i thought that was more interesting than the main character hiding from the killer. i think readers will like rory she's your typically described "plain jane" yet everyone gravitates towards her. she's a book worm math and telescope lover. but she's not the annoying save me or feel bad for me. i think she will grow (in the series) ***beware*** if you have not figured out there is a surprise ending. brian has been giving out clues the entire time. definitely looking forward to the second book. but i feel the shadowlands could have ended at the first one. interested to see what she will bring to the 2nd book. here's a link to the next book
Date published: 2013-06-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Glad there is more!! You know I'm really not sure how to go about this review. Did I enjoy the book? Yes. Do I fully understand what went down? Maybe. You know when you have this feeling that what is going on is more than it appears? Well that's how I felt almost all of this book. The fact that no one else felt this or would listen to Rory made me want to shake them. That's basically all I can say without giving the entire ending and basically the book away. The story itself did pull me in. Rory was your average girl, not so popular but mostly content with the way things were going. Minus the crush she had on her older sisters ex boyfriend. Then life turns into chaos, Rory is attacked and gets away. That however is just the beginning because Rory's attacker is a serial killer and has never missed his mark. The FBI decides the best course of action is to send Rory, her dad and her sister away and make them part of the witness protection program. Problem was they did it in broad daylight right from the house... Yup, big hole for me because seriously how many people were there watching? Then after some minor blips the family makes it to their destination. This is where everything that was supposed to go right, seems to go wrong. Though I had issues with these things it kind of turned out to be a part of Brian's cleverly structured writing. Rory doesn't strive to be the center of attention and is actually just more comfortable being herself than trying to impress others. When the islanders seem to take to her faster than her sister she tries to step out of the spotlight because that just isn't her. Though now that I have had time to reflect maybe I liked her because there was nothing spectacular about her. She wasn't the gorgeous girl that didn't think she was, she didn't realize out of the blue she had some special power but in all her glorious normality I found a character that I didn't exactly connect with but could appreciate. There are actually quite a few other characters that play important parts though out this one but to avoid a ridiculously long chunk of the review being on them I will give you a quick break down. Darcy, Rory's older sister is the girl that is used to getting what she wants and being the one in the spotlight. Though she drove me mostly because she just wouldn't listen to Rory but at the same time it's hard to listen to someone that never really spoke up before then. Tristan and Joaquim are the love interests. Well Tristan is the love interest and Joaquim is the guy that wants Rory but she seems to think he is far to arrogant for her. I will admit I did kind of like Joaquim and well... Him in general I guess. The entire time I wanted Rory to com around with him but then she just wouldn't have been her. Okay so I have to fess up now. The story pulled me, the characters interested me and 90% of the time I thought knew what was going on. I didn't. I had no freaking clue because everything kept moving, kept me questioning. At one point I wondered if her sister was in on it. When I finished the book I thought it through and then went back and read the last few chapters again because honestly I thought I had missed something. I hadn't but was relieved to find out that this was not a stand alone like I had thought (I need to look into these things first) because if it wasn't I may not have felt the same or been as calm about the ending. If you want something that will stay with you, haunt you this is the read for you. Through thrills, chills and maybe a few moments that I myself wanted to hide, I didn't want to put this one down. I'm in dire need of some sort of clue as to where this is going and while I wait I will be looking into more of this authors novels.
Date published: 2013-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Suspenseful Thriller! Right from the very beginning of the novel, Kate Brian hooks readers with one of the most chilling introductions I've read in quite some time. Rory is suddenly attacked by Mr. Nell, her math teacher and a man she could never have imagined to actually be an infamous serial killer. Fighting back with all her strength, she manages to get away, but her life will never be the same. With Stephen Nell still on the loose, Rory and her family are placed under witness protection and whisked away to Juniper Landing, a beautiful vacation island, until he can be caught. The local teens may be warm and friendly, but beneath their smiles, their penetrating gazes get under Rory's skin. I was so curious to know what her new friends were hiding and the explanation behind their often strange behaviours! And to make matters worse, Rory can't shake the feeling that someone is watching her, but her father and sister believe she's only being paranoid. The brief chapters from Stephen Nell's perspective were creepy to read, and I shuddered at the thought of him ever laying his hands on Rory again. It was kind of difficult to like Rory's sister, Darcy, too much. Darcy is popular, gorgeous, and accustomed to always being the center of attention, unlike Rory, who prefers to fly under the radar. She never seemed all that concerned for Rory's safety, and upon arriving in Juniper Landing, Darcy is already flirting up a storm with one of the hot local boys. The romance in Shadowlands is generally light, but I can definitely see more sparks developing between Rory and Tristan, another townie, in the next novel. There's a quiet intensity and familiarity about him which Rory can't resist. The ending of Shadowlands took me completely by surprise and left me in shock! A huge revelation is revealed and now I'm desperate for answers in book two! I was continuously suspicious of everything occurring in the novel, and I always felt that danger was lurking right around the corner. Kate Brian's Shadowlands is a suspenseful thriller which will test you psychologically! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2013-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Shadowlands by Kate Brian Such a great read. Shadowlands is a compelling and unforgettable read. I wasn't able to stop. There are so many questions that I needed answers too that I couldn't stop until I had them. I spend an entire Sunday doing nothing but reading this book. Shadowlands is a haunting read. After Rory is attacked. her families lives are uprooted and they are placed into witness protection but when they get to Juniper Landing a quaint little vacation town, Rory can't fight the feeling that something about this place is off. She knows that Steven Nell has managed to find her but she can't prove it. The character's are great. There is a wonderful balance with the plot. There are so many twists and turns with the storyline but Kate manages to keep it clear so I was never confused as to where the story was headed. The end of the book was a bit of a shocker but with the way that Kate was taking the story I am not all that surprised. I loved this book. The drama, the psychological aspect and the characters were all fantastic. If you want a creepy book that might keep you up at night then Shadowlands is for you.
Date published: 2013-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Creepy Read Keeps You on the Edge of Your Seat Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (4.5/5 stars) Rory Miller is forced to go into the witness protection program after she is attacked in her hometown. Taking her father and reluctant older sister, Darcy with her they settle in Juniper Landing. This quaint island town is full of chill-but-odd locals, no cell phone service and so far removed from everything going on across the water that it seems to be just what Rory and her family need to get away from the serial killer that's hunting her. That is until people around her start disappearing again and she swears that she keeps feeling like the mad man is around. Wow. What a ride this book was. Right from the get-go, the story jumps into the action and doesn't let up until the very end. Brian keeps readers on the edge of their seat, the entire time wondering what was going on. I must have gone through so many theories about the bizarre islanders and the mental state of Rory. The suspicions were ramped up with the events that unfold and Rory's confusion matched my own. The antics coming from Darcy were ridiculously irritating to get through though. Understanding that it's part of the story, and I'm not begrudging the author of this whatsoever. I was just really annoyed at the "sisterly" relationship between Rory & Darcy. Given their circumstances, the older sister's behaviour towards her younger sister was selfish and downright bratty. I love a good creepy mystery and Shadowlands definitely delivers. Brian has established such a fantastic premise and despite Goodreads listing it as a "#1", I do hope this is just a standalone novel. I strongly don't believe a sequel will have the same strong effect as this one has. This, and other reviews can be found on
Date published: 2013-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from What a page-turner! This was a super creepy, thrilling page-turner. Brian painted such a terrifying picture in my mind that every hint of maniacal laughter, every bit of fog, every sliding of a window shade, made the hair on the back of my neck stand up. This was a super fun and fast-paced read with a great narrator and an amazing setting!
Date published: 2012-11-13