Shadow Dancer is a the start of a mystery series about a Native American FBI detective who solves cold cases. In the first book he is called back to the reservation that he grew up on to solve a case that is similar to a personal crime.
The writing is fairly solid. There is no glaring grammar or spelling errors. Overall, the words flow well and it was easy to get pulled into the story. It is a fairly short read, but an engaging one.
There is times when the POV of the novel is fragmented. Specifically in the start of the book, you would have a third person limited view that switched between characters between paragraphs. At times it was even within paragraphs. This mostly stopped after the beginning of the novel.
The characters in this book are distinct with their own unique personalities. It is mostly easy to distinguish between all the characters. The exception being the side female sergeant characters. The secretaries are all women and all pretty cookie cutter. Even the main female characters were not as distinguished as the male characters. However, all characters were fairly stereotypical. Everyone fit into a mold and no one deviated from it. This is a good and fairly quick genre read.
I picked this book while looking around a bookstore. I had never heard of it, and it was not a normal type of read for me. However, the writing looked good and it was on sale so I decided that I would give it a try.
The writing remained good. The sentences flowed well, the characters were well developed, while purposely being not developed. While confusing for me to explain, Banner did an excellent job with the characters in this book. They were real people, and yet completely disconnected. For this story it was perfect.
The main character was the most intriguing. The reader is finding out about her at the same time that she is finding out about herself. Her memories leave a mystery. I can honestly say that I did not see the ending coming in the completeness that it did. I had my theories, and they were not quite correct. It was very well done.
I was impressed with how Banner handled the psychological aspect of it all, although the therapist annoyed me quite a bit. I am really glad that I decided to pick this book up. It was a refreshing change, and I have found I added yet another psychological thriller to my reading list this month because I enjoyed it so well.
I am not a huge mystery fan, and the cover is less than appealing. I mean, eyes looking out from fall leaves, well it is creepy. Thankfully, I did not put it off for long. Before I finished the first chapter I knew I would like the book.
The main character, Hallie, is a private investigator that was just swindled by her now ex-husband. She is broke, humiliated, and hiding out from her family. After months of mourning her marriage, she finally contacts her aunt and moves back home. Being a mystery you can be assured that nothing is that simple. Girls have gone missing, and someone is trying to kill her Grandmas new boyfriend. Of course, Hallie is using her PI skills to help.
The writing is good. The scene and descriptions flow very well. There are a couple instances of dialogue that was too clique or did not flow quite right. It only happened a handful of times. It was enough to be noticeable, but not enough to be annoying.
The plot is well written, but not cleverly crafted. It was understandable, there were no major plot holes or unanswered questions (well I do have one), but I knew the who and the why about a fourth of the way into the book. There are enough twists and turns that it may not be the same for everyone.
Either way, the story was worth reading all the way through. It is the characters and good writing that is the strength of the book. If the ending has to be a surprise then you may be disappointed. Overall, it is a really great read that I am glad I picked up. I can see finishing the rest of the series. I am really interested in seeing what happens next.
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