Publication Day|Shadows from the Past|Helen Pryke|plus #bookreview

Please join me in wishing Helen Pryke a very happy publication day. Shadows from the Past is released today and is the second book in the Maggie Dupont suspense series. Helen is one of my favourite indie authors and she has produced some phenomenal books, 3 this year alone!

Shadows From the Past

Publisher: Pink Quill Books Published 8 Nov. 2019 Kindle Edition 188 pages Genre Thriller/suspense Purchase Links


When your life is falling apart…
…who can you trust?

My brother and I had our future all mapped out. Until that fateful night destroyed it. Now those responsible must pay.

When Maggie receives an anonymous letter, she realises she’s being stalked. The only connection is a Hampshire gang she helped put in prison thirteen years earlier. As the stalking intensifies, Maggie suspects everyone around her. Even those she loves.

Maggie becomes more and more paranoid, unable to trust anyone, while one by one the gang members are involved in a series of horrifying attacks. Someone from her past is out for revenge, and Maggie is next…

Shadows from the Past is the second book in the Maggie Dupont series. Don’t miss this gripping sequel to The Lost Girls!


The full moon cast a silvery path through the trees, ‘lighting up the way for the fairies’, as I used to think in long-past innocent days. The park was silent at this hour, the families that went there during the day safely tucked up in bed by now. By night, the park became a hangout for the degenerate, the soulless, those in search of comfort and company, no matter how meagre or dire it may be. But even they disappeared eventually, back to wherever they came from, and it was easy to imagine the park becoming a shadowy place where mysterious things could happen.

Discovering the gang members’ weekly routines hadn’t been hard either. They were big-headed enough to believe they were untouchable by law and other criminals alike, that no one would dare to attempt to stop them. In part, they were right. Most people were scared of them, and those that weren’t were usually too stupid to know any better.
Take Liam, for instance. Every Tuesday night he went to his favourite pub and stayed until he was thrown out, generally in the early hours of the morning after a lock-in. He always took the same route home, using the short cut through the park. All I had to do was be patient.

My Review ***** 5 Stars An easy 5 stars for the magnificent second installment in the Maggie Dupont series. I love Maggie she is not your typical protagonist. The author doesn’t shy away from social stereotypes, Maggie is Gay yes, shes with Sally and that’s it. And that comes across and is done perfectly this does not define her she is a great character. Strong,resilient,resourceful, fun and caring. I love the diversity. Maggie and Sally’s relationship has grown a lot in this second book and they are stronger and better for previous events from the first book. I was shocked several times early on and grossed out too. I was gripped all the way through and really enjoyed the antagonists POV. There are subtle hints throughout that keep you guessing without giving it away too early. I particularly enjoyed the ending with a slight hint of a cliffhanger and extra twist possible. I believe very much that this author has found her niche. A perfectly paced supense/thriller that keeps you hanging on right till the end. A must read series.


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