Saturday, August 8, 2020

Review: Shadow Garden by Alexandra Burt




Release Date:
July 21, 2020

Synopsis from Goodreads:

A wealthy woman suspects something is off about the luxurious complex she lives in . . . and she is right, in this riveting domestic-suspense novel from international bestselling author Alexandra Burt.

Donna Pryor lives in the lap of luxury. She spends her days in a beautifully appointed condo. Her every whim is catered to by a dedicated staff, and she does not want for anything.

Except for news of her adult daughter.

Or an ex-husband who takes her calls.

Donna knows something is wrong, but she can't quite put her finger on it. As her life of privilege starts to feel more and more like a prison, the facade she has depended on begins to crumble. Somewhere in the ruins is the truth, and the closer Donna Pryor gets to it, the more likely it is to destroy her.

My Review

After a terrible accident, Donna Pryer is sent to recuperate at Shadow Garden. It’s a place for the wealthy to be taken care of and pampered. She’s been there for several months, but has had no word from her ex-husband or her adult daughter. It’s as if they just abandoned her. Donna tries her best to find out what’s going on, but with no one to turn to, she’s not very successful.

It took some time for me to get into this book. I was a bit confused at first. The book went back and forth from present to past. As I kept reading, each chapter gave the reader more insight into what was actually happening. It was slow in some parts, but the author has a way of grabbing your attention with little tidbits to whet your appetite.

I didn’t particularly find the characters likeable, but I couldn’t stop reading. It is an intriguing tale. I wanted to know what what was going on and why. I did start to put a few things together, but eventually it all came together by the end of the book. A very captivating book, but difficult to review as I didn’t want to give anything away.

FTC Disclosure: I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.


  1. I just finished a book where I did not like the character for the most flimsy of reasons - scatty and impossible to live with! but the story was fascinating. This sounds a bit like that.

  2. Glad you enjoyed this one. That cover is ominous but seems perfect for this thriller.


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