Monday, September 5, 2016


Happy Labor Day to those of you in the United States.  We get an extra day off (admit it--that is the part you like)!  To find out the history of Labor Day, read here.

Shadowed by Karen E. Olson is A Nicole Jones Mystery (I did not know it was part of a series when I requested the novel).  Susan McQueen is not her real name, but it is the name she is using now.  Susan lives on Ile-aux-Coudres (middle of St. Lawrence River) near Quebec, Canada.  She is earning a living as an artist/painter.  Susan is hiding because of her hacking (she committed a crime).  She became a hacker (at the age of fourteen).  Susan knows she should stay away from computers, but she cannot help herself.  She goes online occasionally to check on her friends (she misses them).  One night she notices that there is a “shadow” in the chat room watching her.  Susan knows that her time in the idyllic cabin is over and she has to take off.  Susan cannot risk getting caught.  Susan is not quite sure who is after her.  Is it the FBI or someone more sinister?  Join Susan (who becomes Tina Adler who is really Nicole Jones) on her journey to safety in Shadowed.

Shadowed has some good parts and some bad parts.  I have to admit that I do not understand all the hacking terminology, how they do it (why they do it), and the bitcoins.  I liked the action and trying to figure out who is after Nicole (and who can she trust).  The problem is we get every little detail on her life on the run (every excruciating detail).  Susan’s paranoia began to drive me nuts after a while (it was over-the-top).  I started speed reading through the sections I did not like to get to the adventure (at the end).  I give Shadowed 3 out of 5 stars because I liked some parts of it and disliked others (like Susan/Nicole’s thinking, wondering, worrying that goes on for pages).  The author needed to cut down some of the details (and paranoia sections) to make it a more entertaining and enjoyable to read novel. The beginning of the novel (the first 1/3) is fast paced, but then it slows down considerably.  I do like the reveal at the end. There was one thing I found odd.  Susan/Nicole is on the run and knows she cannot stay anywhere for long, so why did she unpack her suitcase at the hotel?  Does that make sense to anyone?  I would have packed light and kept everything with me (or rented a locker at a bus station).  I will not be reading further novels in this series.  It is just not my type of series.

Hidden is the first book in the Nicole Jones series.  I highly recommend reading it prior to Shadowed.  I received a complimentary copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.  The comments and opinions expressed are strictly my own.  I will always provide a forthright and unbiased evaluation.

Thank you for visiting and checking out my latest book review.  I will be back later to share another novel with you.  Have a wonderful day.  Make sure to take time out to have some fun (do something just for you).  Take care and Happy Reading!

The Avid Reader

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