When Shadows Fall : Samantha Owens

  • by J. T. Ellison
  • Narrated by Joyce Bean
  • Series: Samantha Owens
  • 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dear Dr. Owens,
If you are reading this letter, I am dead and I would be most grateful if you could solve my murder… Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens thought life was finally returning to normal after she suffered a terrible personal loss. Settling into her new job at Georgetown University, the illusion is shattered when she receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder. There's only one catch. Timothy Savage's death was so obviously the suicide of a demented individual that the case has been closed. When Sam learns Savage left a will requesting she autopsy his body, she feels compelled to look into the case. Sam's own postmortem discovers clear signs that Savage was indeed murdered. And she finds DNA from a kidnapped child whose remains were recovered years earlier. The investigation takes Sam into the shadows of a 20-year-old mystery that must be solved to determine what really happened to Timothy Savage. Nothing about the case makes sense but it is clear someone is unwilling to let anyone, especially Samantha Owens, discover the truth.


What the Critics Say

"[Ellison's] ability to neatly tie together the mysterious clues helps make this a standout in the romantic thriller subgenre." (Publishers Weekly Starred Review)


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Customer Reviews

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Serial killer story? Cult story?

This novel is a horrid mess. It's almost as if the author changes her mind several times while writing. We are not looking at mere twists and turns; there are complete changes in direction. I've previously given excellent ratings to the first 2 novels in this series. I may or may not listen to the 4th and final book.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

Another Good Installment To The Series

I'm a long time fan of JT Ellison's work. Her characters are interesting, well developed, but not "perfect" (I find perfect protagonists really annoying).

"When Shadow" Falls is the third Samantha Owens novel. Unlike many "series" novels, one could pick this one up as a stand alone and thoroughly enjoy the read. There are a few minor spoilers, but again, unlike many "series" novels, one could read this third book and then pick up the previous two without feeling cheated.

Ms. Ellison's writing is tight, her vocabulary broad (but not gratuitously so), and her characters likeable. Her first novels were very well written but she seems to be growing as a novelist. When Shadow Falls was my favorite thus far, in fact it was so good, I listened to it in a day. You won't want to put this one down.)

Romance fans take note: while this book is published by MIRA (a division of Harlequin), it's not your mother's romance novel. There's a smidge of romance, but mostly it's suspense, suspense, suspense.

Joyce Bean was excellent with the delivery of the story
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- Lia "I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-31-2014
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio