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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 mDear 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 twenty-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....

Title : When Shadows Fall
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ISBN : 9780778316046
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 416 Pages
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When Shadows Fall Reviews

  • Diane
    2019-01-22 22:42

    Wow, what a great read. I absolutely, thoroughly enjoyed this 3rd book in J.T. Elliot's "Dr. Samantha Owens, ME" series.Sam and Xander's relationship is as strong as ever - a blip now and then to make them human. John Baldwin (from the Lt. Taylor Jackson series) makes more than an appearance for good reason. Detective Darren Fletcher plays a large role in this book and maybe finally finds stability in his personal life via Special Agent Jordan Blake (wink, wink).The story line is strong and well researched - from the first page to the last, you remain captivated. J.T. Elliot has done a superb job of bringing all points of the story together, leaving no stone unturned. The basic premise of the story is based on a cult with a very dangerous woman leading the charge and her equally evil and dangerous male companion. Some very interesting basics for this particular cult - sorry, no spoilers here!Sam is one of my favourite characters in a series (and how could you not love Xander and his loyal dog "Thor").I give this book 5 stars and 2 thumbs up and highly recommend this book.

  •  Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
    2019-02-18 15:39

    This is a thriller that took me into the twisted heart of darkness. Just when it felt like I was starting to get things figured out, more questions arose. I liked it, and it was a fast-paced read, even though it was a bit disturbing at times. I will be tracking down the first two books in the series.Reviewed for Affaire de Coeur magazine in the March 2014 issue:

  • Sue
    2019-02-14 21:42

    I won a copy of "When Shadows Fall" by J.T. Ellison through the Goodreads Giveaways Contest. This is a fast-paced murder mystery that keeps the reader gripped to the story to see what will happen next. As the main protagonist, Dr. Samantha Owens, is a forensic pathologist, the reader is exposed to the fascinating process followed in her field.Sam had left Nashville, to get away from the loneliness after the passing of her husband and her twins, following the flood in Nashville. She was now working in D.C., running the new forensic pathology department at Georgetown as a college professor. Her previous experience as a medical examiner in the law enforcement field in Nashville, had provided more stimuli.Dr. Sam Owens receives a disturbing letter from a dead stranger imploring her to investigate his murder. With a request to autopsy his body and a list of beneficiaries in his will to track down Sam, her boyfriend Xander Whitefield , FBI agent John Baldwin and D.C. Homicide Detective Darren Fletcher begin to unravel clues that link a kidnapping, a serial killer and a cult to Timothy Savage's unexplained death. But is this real or a hoax? Savage's death had been deemed a suicide, but why would he kill himself and send a letter to Sam claiming to be murdered? And more important, why was Sam chosen?In this crime thriller, the author reveals clues on a need to know basis, thereby increasing the suspense level. The plot twists and turns and the reader is kept guessing who the killer is, and more important...who to trust! The characters are well-developed, and very believable. This novel has it all; murder mystery, crime scene analysis, forensic testing, data analysis, FBI profiling, and a plot based on motive and opportunity.I really enjoyed reading this novel, and didn't want it to end. A very talented author.

  • Jenifer Mohammed
    2019-01-23 22:36

    Absolutely, wow!This is an amazingly complicated and nuanced story. You think you know what's going on only to realize that things aren't what you thought they were. The story begins when Sam receives a letter from a man who claims that he has been murdered and asks Sam to find out who killed him. From that moment on, the reader is falling down the rabbit hole and into a fascinating, dangerous, and deeply conspiratorial story. Loved it!

  • Krystin Rachel
    2019-02-04 22:33

    As I've come to expect from J.T. Ellison, the action starts out immediately on the first page. Sam receives a letter from a man who is dead - murdered. The letter asks Sam to investigate his demise. Our lovely protagonist doesn't know this man from a hole in the ground, but despite her halfhearted attempts to dismiss the letter and move on with her life, she's sucked into a dark mystery of missing children, a crazy religious cult and black market illegal adoptions. There's a lot going on. It's entertaining and action-packed. But, at times I felt a little lost in the narrative details. But not as lost as another reviewer, who thought the book was about Nazis. He gave it five stars, anyhow. One of Ellison's strongest talents as a writer is creating a very twisted network of information around the mystery so you can't tell which way is up until the reveals start putting it all together. Usually, I'm really blown away by it. This time around I found myself a tad frustrated that I couldn't keep characters and events straight in my head. And even as the book was drawing to a close and reveals were being made and the dots were being connected, I still didn't quite see all the loose ends come together. That is a little checkmark in the negative column. Still, it's a fast-paced read. Slow moments are informative but not drawn out, and are quickly followed up by a knife to someone's neck or a bullet firing out of nowhere. I became a fan of Ellison because of her Taylor Jackson series. When I found out she was veering away from LT Jackson to focus on creating a spin-off for Sam, I wasn't quite sold.The overall premise has never sat well with me - that Sam's family is just, literally, washed away. It felt off-hand, very "oh by the way" and to me, felt like a way to start a series that can involve new love interests and keep Sam from being tied down to two kids. Regardless, it is what Ellison made it and I've stuck with the series because I like Ellison.The second book was much better. The characters were more fleshed out and Sam had a stronger voice and personality. And that upward motion has only continued with this novel. Detective Fletcher had more depth, I felt more connected to him and enjoyed his chapters. And Sam had a stronger grip on her life and her decisions. John Baldwin even showed up to give us Taylor Jackson fans a little love. I'm excited for the next book (already bought) and how Sam's involvement with the FBI will affect her new life. I see her only getting stronger and more self-aware.My biggest gripe: I really liked the character of Xander - Sam's boyfriend - in the first two books, but he irritated me from basically the first page of this new installment. The rugged military mountain man aspect of him is great and adds something to each new mystery Sam gets caught up in. But his "you stay here, little lady. let us men handle the job. you'll be safe"shtick was absolutely tiresome and dripped with sexism, not genuine care. I just wanted Sam to grow a pair (of ovaries) and stand up for herself, assert herself as a strong, intelligent fucking doctor (HELLO?) who can handle her own, despite the tragedy she's endured. Instead, she would bat her lashes and coo about how much Xander cared about her. No bitch, he doesn't view you as an equal! As Cher would say, SNAP OUT OF IT. By the end of the novel, I got what I wanted and Sam marched herself right into the thick of it unapologetically, but not without a penis-owner cracking wise and calling her G.I. Jane. Honestly. But she was resolved and kicked some ass and did her doctor thing in the chaos, despite all of the men worrying about how her feminine emotions could handle such a task and if her weak girl hands could hold a gun properly. Hey, I'm all for being protective of the person you love - I would tear a bitch limb from limb if they messed with my husband. And he'd do the same for me. That's important in a relationship. But when my loving husband forces 8 bags of groceries onto his arms and walks to the house like he's got a full diaper on, while I carry nothing but toilet paper because everything else is apparently too heavy for my feeble girl arms, my eyes roll so violently that I'm afraid they might detach from the optic muscle and come flying out of my head. But I digress..Okay, so that was my only big issue with the book. It was mostly enjoyable, I got lost a couple of times. But I really like where Ellison is taking Sam and her new life in Washington. And the Epilogue was a nice ending, just creepy and cliff-hanger-ish enough to spike your adrenaline one last time. Xander just needs to freaking cool it with the little lady stuff. It's not quite 4 stars. I'm calling it 3.5, if only Goodreads would hook a girl up with a half star option.

  • Rach
    2019-02-01 19:28

    I read this in one sitting (chronic insomnia) and loved every page. Twisting and turning every which way that keeps you hooked until the absolute last full stop.

  • Carol -Reading Writing and Riesling
    2019-01-28 19:32

    My View:The opening letter to Dr Owens sets the scene for a wonderfully plotted, intense and at times brutal journey directed by the deceased from the grave as he attempts to seek some sort of belated redemption for past sins. This is a great police and forensic procedural and I can see a great future for Dr Samantha Owens in future novels by this author. I think she will rival Tempe Brennan in her quest for truth on behalf of the dead.This is the third book in the series yet despite not having read any of the others I was able to successfully negotiate the back story and immerse myself in this novel. The characters were mostly endearing excepting the villains who were manipulated and violent and self-centred. I think that the development of the villains in the piece was exceptional – not often in crime fiction do we get such a great understanding of the evilness within the narrative. The character Timothy Savage is complicated walks a slippery trapeze between good and compromised. He clearly shows that we are all capable of bad judgements and mistakes; some mistakes having huge costs. In all a fast paced enjoyable read that leaves me seeking previous work by this author.

  • Cheryl
    2019-02-02 20:36

    I have to say that When Shadows Fall is by far the best book in this series. I really felt like I found my niche with all of the characters. They were not just characters from a series but friends. The connection was the strongest it has been. Sam and Xander are a great couple together. I hope that one day they do get married. It would be nice to see Sam have her happy ending again with a family. This story was darker and twisted. There were about three storylines taking place in this book but all of them were intriguing. I was trying to figure out the connection with them all prior to the reveal but couldn't. Just as I would start to figure out an answer, Mrs. Ellison would put a new twist in and blow me for a loop. This book is a one sit read. I can't wait to read the next book and see what Mrs. Ellison has up her sleeves. Strap yourself in for a thrill ride with When Shadows Fall!

  • Nancy
    2019-01-29 16:20

    I'm not as enthusiastic as the other Goodreads reviewers about this book, but I did not read the 1st or 2nd in the series of Dr. Samantha Owens thrillers, so that may color my impressions. This is a pretty fast-paced mystery that is fairly convoluted, a nefarious religious cult, serial kidnappings, a serial murderer, with a dash of Owens' angst over previous (unknown to me save for the hand-wringing) bad stuff that happened, and a soupcon of professional ambivalence. I thought the book moved along well in the mid-sections, but the windup was hurried and a bit perfunctory, in my estimation.I may read the previous books in the series, if I stumble across them, but I don't feel motivated by the thrill of really insightful writing or character development at this juncture.

  • Becky
    2019-02-18 14:32

    This just might be my favorite book in the Samantha Owens series so far. There was a lot going on in this book. Not only were there a lot of new characters, but a lot of our known characters from the series, stepped up and played more major roles. Also, the plot had a lot going on with it, but the author did a superb job keeping the storyline flowing. In the beginning, Samantha receives a letter asking for help that starts the whole story off, and the story just shoots out from there and doesn't stop. There were some twists and turns, not major surprises but a very well written mystery. I can't wait for the next one!

  • Sherrie Saint
    2019-02-15 22:35

    I love the way that Sam is evolving. It has taken her leaving her comfort zone of Nashville and moving to begin to find herself again. It is nice to see her finding friends and possibly love again. I like that she is human and the things she has gone through are shaping her life--as they do with us all. Her job has been the one thing that she could count on and it is as much a part of her as her heart and brain is. Her professionalism has Timothy Savage seeking her help to solve his murder. And thereupon the ride begins. You will not be able to put this one down

  • Shahrun
    2019-02-20 15:13

    Another exciting, edge of my seat read from the amazing JT Ellison! How does she do it? So many threads, expertly woven together, but keeping you guessing the whole time. Wow! Please write some more soon.

  • Steven Zacharius
    2019-02-12 22:20

    My first JT Ellison book and I really enjoyed it. Deals with exposing a cult and loaded with twists and turns and plenty of action. Would definitely recommend.

  • Sarah
    2019-02-15 16:23

    Never ending - like a cheap version of a Kay Scarpetta book

  • Pam
    2019-01-24 21:42

    Very good ready to get the next book in the series

  • Jovdb
    2019-01-31 17:25

    Very entertaining and riveting book.Sam is now set to teach forensic pathology at the university. She has turned down Baldwin's offer to work with the FBI. She is content in her life with Xander. Then she receives an odd letter from someone purporting to be dead. The writer asks Sam to conduct an autopsy on his body.This request is so bizarre. Put later that evening, Sam gets another strange visitor, a lawyer with the will from the letter writer. When this visitor is murdered after visiting Sam, she follows the trail left by the murdered man.The trail leads to a cult, led by a charismatic woman and her enforcer. The case is intense and exciting. Sam, of course, jumps right in. She, Xander and Fletcher, uncover some unsavoury facts about local, up standing citizens and put their lives at risk to save the vulnerable.A great third novel.

  • Naomi Blackburn
    2019-02-04 18:22

    2.5/5 StarsI noticed JT Ellison's writing with her Taylor Jackson series which I gobbled down unable to keep up with them fast enough due to the twisted nature of the stories. Her Samantha Owens series pales in comparison. Very light compared to the twistedness of the TJ series and really feel the focus is more on the romance versus the mystery which loses me. I keep trying, but I think it is time to just accept this series for what it is and hope that someday Ms. Ellison gets back to her inner twistedness. Review for netgalley.

  • Serena
    2019-01-31 17:41

    The mystery started with a rat's nest of names of murder victims and persons of interest. I was rewinding my audible book so often that I had to pause and read the first ten chapters of the ebook before I could put together a mental map of who's who in the story. Deapite the annoying start, I quite enjoy the suspense and the fluffy banters among the characters. Although the crime involved murders, abduction and abuse of children and cult activities, the book did not not dig into the wounds. Good light reading material. 3.5 stars.

  • Tricia
    2019-02-18 20:26

    I suspect I should have read the previous books in this series, that I didn't know was a series though just to meet the characters, not that I think one book is interdependent on the others. Lots of twists and turns, and gray issues on disturbing plots. The main character Dr. Owens seems a tad like Dr. Skarpetta from Patricia Cornwell series.

  • Louisa
    2019-02-16 21:23

    Man, this book was fantastic! There was so much going on, and it was incredible! Some hard topics are dealt with in this book, like child abduction and rape, murder, and cults, or NRM's! Loved this book, and I can't wait to read more!

  • Margo Zieske
    2019-02-19 17:39

    Nice series. Dr. Sam investigates more that just her pathology job requires. She has a boyfriend, and a police detective friend who help her solve the mystery. Part of a series that makes more sense if you read them in order.

  • Carson
    2019-01-29 15:34

    This book, wow! When I saw this book it didn't look good, I'll tell you that, but the more I read the more I loved it. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat, it makes you want to keep reading, it pulls you in. I strongly recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery.

  • Kim
    2019-02-05 19:26

    A man named June and a woman named Curtis.

  • Megan Caldwell
    2019-01-25 14:24

    Yet again Ellison did not disappoint. I absolutely loved this book!! I was completely enthralled despite it taking longer than I would’ve liked to complete this book. Absolutely recommend!!!

  • Tal
    2019-02-17 18:39

    There were some parts that were just a bit too convenient. This makes some of the story a bit convoluted, but it's a great tale overall.

  • Dick Ulmer
    2019-02-06 22:28

    Great Mystery/Thriller. Kept my attention.

  • Becky
    2019-02-14 14:23

    GREAT author!

  • Sue Hittle
    2019-01-25 16:38

    I enjoyed the story. I like the characters and look forward to watching them develop more. A little slow at times,but, overall a good book

  • Maureen
    2019-01-29 19:24

    Love doc Sam Owens and her helpers...great ending as usual

  • John W.
    2019-02-06 20:18

    For a first time reader of, J.T. Ellison's, books, I was delighted with, When Shadows Fall. Ellison's introduction of Dr. Samantha Owens, helps first time readers or a fan of the series know the lay of the land. Ellison story begins slowly hooking me one page at time, making me want to know more about this forensic pathologist turned college professor. I enjoyed how quickly readers meet all three of the men who were an influence on Owen's new life as the head of the pathology department at Georgetown. Ellison, shares with her readers what Dr. Sam was thinking and how she was dealing with difficult issues of her past. Readers are invited to walk with Owens and learn how she is dealing with the unexpected challenges just days before classes start at Georgetown. Sitting calmly in her office talking with her friend and lover, she receives a letter from someone she doesn't know, who is dead by suicide or murder, asking her to autopsy his body. Then she is visited by friend in the FBI also asking her to autopsy the stranger. Sam's day seems to continue to spin out of control. Soon afterwards she is visited late at night by an unknown lawyer with strange requests. From this point on, the pace of the story increases. Unusual people and with strange requests keep coming to Owens. Is all this chaos helping Sam with her decisions? I enjoyed how the story jumps around the D.C area following the leads and sometimes bodies. Each new town adds a new twist and new direction of the plot. It was unique how I found myself liking characters than not trusting the character and then changing my mind.Readers continue to see story changes direction, twist and turns and the story keeps getting stranger by the minute. Everyone from local law enforcement agencies to the FBI want Samantha Owens help with their cases.While Ellison's story is picking up pace, new characters are added both dead and alive. Ellison's shows how memories of Owens past tragedies catch her by surprise. These are the moments, where she draws strength for the men in her life. Ellison helps her readers see and feel how Dr. Samantha Owens manages to push the past aside and find strength to see how her decisions will affect her future. We learn what questions Owens asking herself about her future and how she handles herself as she struggles to make decisions regarding her future. Owens knows how her decisions will affect those close to her. While she enjoys the field work of forensic pathology, she needs to decide if she wants the quiet of the classroom. Does she want this chaos of fieldwork, in her life? These questions are affecting her decisions about her future. As the story continues to unfold, we see how Owens finds answers her questions. I am not going to spoil anything by disclosing Sam's questions or how she finds answers to her questions and concerns. There are surprises in this fast paced story and Ellison shows the readers what Sam is thinking. Reading, When Shadows Fall, is the only way you will know the questions and Sam's answers and her decisions. It was great not knowing until the end of the story, which of the many characters were going to help, Dr. Owens, Xander, Baldwin, and Fletcher solves the mystery and catch the bad guy.I have no trouble giving a five star rating of, When Shadows Fall and a must read recommendation.