Chasing Shadows by Annabelle Jacobs ~ Book Review by Karen

chasing-shadows-coverTitle: Chasing Shadows

Author: Annabelle Jacobs

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: Garret Leigh

Rating: 4.0 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 03/24/2016

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Mystery/Thriller


Jamie Matthews goes to Cornwall to find his missing brother. The police are convinced Michael drowned, but Jamie knows better. No way would Michael swim to his death, especially on a beach with a wicked rip tide. Finding a stranger in his brother’s cottage only deepens his misgivings.

Felix Bergstrom is recently discharged from the British Army. Unable to put the past behind him, he takes an unhealthy interest in old acquaintance and millionaire businessman Karl Weston, hoping to catch him up to no good. Michael’s disappearance adds fuel to Felix’s suspicions. Weston’s clifftop home overlooks the beach where Michael supposedly walked into the sea, but Weston has an alibi for that day.

When Jamie and Felix meet, the physical attraction is instant. Mistrust keeps them from acting on it until finally all their secrets are laid bare. But time isn’t on their side. Before they’re able to work out whether they have a future, danger catches up with them and threatens to put an end to everything.

My View:

I love Cornwall, and I really enjoy mysteries – so this was right up my street.

Jamie’s brother had disappeared, presumed dead while painting in Cornwall ,and so Jamie comes to pack up his belongings. But he is also convinced that Micheal isn’t dead – there is no body and his brother hated water, one of the first people he meet is Felix. While Felix has his own reasons for trying to find out what happened to Michael he isn’t inclined to help Jamie – in fact he tries to persuade him to leave.

So immediately we are into that hate to love territory, with a classic mystery element. Jamie and Felix prowl round each other and eventually they start to share information, resulting in Jamie spending a long romantic weekend with Felix and both of them discovering that they could have feelings for the other.

There are some lovely interactions, especially between Felix and his army buddies , how they encourage Jamie and Felix to open up to each other, how they do open up and realise that there could be something serious between them.

And up to here the book was really, really good. Then Jamie and Felix stop talking to each other, these are men in their 30’s and they behave like teenagers, there was, for me, enough suspense from the elements surrounding Mark without needing relationship drama as well. The ending of the suspense side was well done, and despite the communication blip was all resolved neatly, and there was a great epilogue as well.






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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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