The first four years of the 1960s have been filled with tragedy and violence for Esther Charlemagne; divorce from her abusive, alcoholic husband, the death of her thirteen year-old son, the assassination of President Kennedy, and her battle with breast cancer. None of these events, however, have prepared her for the investigation of her life, into the circumstantial deathThe first four years of the 1960s have been filled with tragedy and violence for Esther Charlemagne; divorce from her abusive, alcoholic husband, the death of her thirteen year-old son, the assassination of President Kennedy, and her battle with breast cancer. None of these events, however, have prepared her for the investigation of her life, into the circumstantial death of a talented young ballet dancer, killed in a mysterious fire. Teamed with her former partner on the New York City Police, Aiden "Mac" McManus, the case will be the first that their fledgling private investigation firm will take on, engaging all the skills learned while detectives on the elite homicide squad of the NYPD. Amid the deception and danger, Esther and Mac are thrown together and forced to face their own demons and their long-buried feelings for each other."From the first page, The Night Shadow grabs you with instant fascination, as a serial killer’s work pulls you into this journey of intrigue, adding surprise at every turn. Just when you think you’ve solved the mystery, the author cleverly throws another curve. The story is rife with psychological elements, putting you inside each character’s mind, the motives for suspicious behaviors, misinformation, and murder. As the journey progresses, characters change their masks. Good? Bad? Innocent? Guilty? Suspense rises. And the story takes on new tones along the way.The road to discovery is traveled by two private investigators, former police officers, pursuing the crafty and illusive killer. Esther and Mac are in their familiar realm of activity, but now with more latitude to cut corners and surpass accepted methods of pursuit. They encounter many clues, lies, and dead ends, but are driven by any means to expose the devious killer and stop the seemingly senseless murders. As they attempt to unravel the pieces, their romantic relationship struggles to survive, each with their own inner pain to deal with. Esther’s over-involvement with the case becomes a reflection of her personal inner turmoil brought to the surface, and plays an important part in the ongoing turn of events.As the story unfolds, the author guides you from one character, one suspenseful event, one emotional experience to another… and another… and another, changing lives in the process. In places, the story seems to approach resolution, but then takes an unexpected turn, and the journey moves on. And everything might be a clue. But many clues are misleading, and you will finally be brought to a most astounding ending.In this book, the author presents a fascinating chain of events and, given the many characters involved, you will need to get to know them, for they will turn up again with meaning in the story. Final resolution on this intriguing journey will invite your re-assessment of where you’ve been, the clues, the surprises, the struggles, the emotional ups and downs you’ve experienced. And you will re-live much of it before you can put the book down. And you will feel very satisfied and gratified. A read you won’t forget."...
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The Night Shadow Reviews
This story takes place in the 1960's and is three stories in one! It starts in Los Angeles and ends up in New York. We have Esther and Mac, former NYPD detectives who are now private investigators in Los Angeles. When the book begins, they are working on a Peeping Tom case, which comes to an interesting conclusion. They have a complicated relationship and work through their issues throughout the book.The same night we meet them, a ballerina is practicing at a warehouse turned into a dance studio. A fire breaks out and she is caught inside and dies. It takes a while for them to become involved in this case, but the dancer's parents reach out to them since they feel like it was a homicide rather than a tragic accident. Also that same night, a different dancer wakes up realizing she's been assaulted. As we learn more about her and her connection to the other dancer, the plot thickens.Overall, I enjoyed this book! There were times that I felt the scenes with Esther and Mac went a bit long and I wanted them to get back to solving the case. They did have quite a bit to figure out, though, and we were given bits and pieces of their history and families along the way.I loved trying to figure out what was happening and had to pay close attention. Things weren't always what they appeared to be and this book was full of surprises. Towards the end, I couldn't put it down because I wanted to see how everything came together and the ending was satisfying!Content: Mild swearing, talk of rape (no details)I received a copy of this book from the author to review. My opinion is 100% my own.Mel's Shelves
Absolutely memorable!This is a story any reader won't soon forget. The writing is wonderfully compelling, forcing the reader to read the next word, the next sentence, the next page. It takes the reader back in time to the 60s, where life was anything but simple, especially since the country is still reeling from the death of President Kennedy. Esther is a strong, formidable character, enduring a lot in her life, and suddenly, she's back working investigations with her former partner. The backstory of both partners and the era lends to the storytelling, and it is filled with twists and unpredictable events. Hold on to this one, you just may want to read it again.
Esther Charlemagne is a scarred Private Investigator. She’s had a bad history with her ex-husband Freddie and lost her only son, the latter a devastating loss from which no one could recover fully. So she’s learning to live with all that pain and at the same time resisting looking at it too much because she deep down blames herself for all of it. This makes her ambiance pretty much like a brick wall to her long-time friend and partner, Aiden “Mac” McManus, who loves her to bits but holds back because of that obstructive wall Esther has built around herself. Thank God they’ve got enough sarcastic humor and skill to bind them together as investigators!The story begins where they’re staking out a suburban street, looking for a “peeping Tom” who’s been frightening the neighbors. Next they are staking out another home to find out whether the lady of the house is cheating on her hard-working, very upset husband. The duo investigators have a heart as they realize just how crushed the cheating dame’s husband will be. Their work, they acknowledge, has very serious consequences for those left behind when their work is finished. But now they pick up a case that gives Esther the creeps, really bad feelings that this is going to turn out all wrong for everybody involved.On warm summer night, a young ballerina who had just been selected to dance for Ballet Master Balanchine in the New York City Ballet Company. Right now, however, that joy is crushed under the fact that she’s just been dumped by her boyfriend. After a short while, she’s trying to muster enough energy to begin practicing her dance routines when she realizes she’s locked into her dressing room closet, a room she’ll never leave alive!The story then races forward with plots and counter-plots that involve another ballerina under psychoanalytic therapy, two sisters and friends who vie for attention, a history of family madness, fires that bear a similar nature to each other, love-hate relationships that bind and distort reality over time, and much more. During these dynamic events, Esther and Mac are getting closer as Esther very, very slowly learns to trust again; one wonders whether they will ever marry as it seems they go two steps backward for every step they move forward!The Night Shadow is exciting, thrilling crime fiction that every fan of the genre will love. The conflicts evolve slowly as quick-moving events make the reader fly through the pages. There’s enough psychology in the novel to fascinate fans who love to try to figure out the profile of a killer or killers! All in all, a great read that should be a best seller and would make a terrific movie as well!
This is a great suspense-mystery story, set in the 1960’s. Taking place between California and New York, the attention to details for this decade is excellent, and just one of many things that make this story so enjoyable.There are many characters in this story, but the story places them in at the right time, without overwhelming you and making you feel like you can no longer keep track of who-is-whom. Very early on I was trying to work out what I thought the ending of the story would be, the who-done-it if I may.There are twists and turns, and I quickly developed a valued interest in the main characters, Esther and Mac. There is tragedy, illness, murder, deception, hatred, and many other vices sprinkled throughout the story that made me stay up much later than I should of just because I needed to know what was going to happen next.I can honestly say at one point I was brought to tears, and that does not very often happen to me from a book. Of course I never had it figured out, but those are the ones that make the best stories, wouldn’t you agree?I would recommend you get this book as soon as possible. Just make sure you have the free time to read it, because once you start, you will not want to put it down!
The beginning of the book consisted of several uncompleted lives.Very interesting characters and a mystery in each one... As time went on they all started to come together and merge into a unique story together.This book is excellently written, grabbed me from the first chapter and wouldn't let me go.The stories were each separate yet like an intimate dance a part of each other.Even tho there were several plots taking place at one time before it became clear how they were related it was written extremely well... Making it easy too follow all of them.I love a mystery/who done it, especially one I can't solve in the first few chapters... And this was one book that did that. And I'm usually very good at figuring them out.Every time I thought I had it figured out the dynamics changed a bit... Just like they changed for the characters, I did figure out key stuff but... Then BAM! There is was! I respect an author that can stump me immensely! I throughly enjoyed the book.This author is worth watching!She has talent and her words paint a vivid picture...Highly recomend!
I was interested in a crime set around ballet. To start with we see a young dancer who dies when a fire is started in a warehouse where she practises, and she is trapped inside. Nobody but her mother believes that she was locked in the building. The mother engages a pair of ex-cop PIs, a man and woman who have tired of the usual infidelity cases.I don't know why the setting is a few decades ago, except that this means we do not get overloaded with gadgetry, net searches and cameras; like Sue Grafton's PI, we find every surveillance done the hard way. A second young dancer is assaulted and dumped on the street but saved, and bravely returns to her art. The peculiarity is that the two crimes occur on the West Coast but the investigation immediately shifts to New York. Characters are to the fore in this interesting tale and the main persons are the two PIs who come through challenges to learn what they really mean to each other. I hope this is the start of a series.
5.0 out of 5 stars Creates a Veritable Storm of Conflicting Emotions, October 14, 2014Chéri Vausé's book, The Night Shadow, creates a veritible storm of conflicting emotions that can suck you right up in the maelstrom. In case you aren't sure how to interpret that, let me help… I loved it.She is a master at characterization and there are parts of her book that show pure genius in her writing. At times, her descriptions are pure poetry and I found myself lost in her prose. She is a writer, make no mistake about that. A very, very good writer and I certainly hope she gets the attention she deserves.One of the things I liked most about her book is that there are so many different stories being wound together that she really forces you to stay focused. Her style reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Elizabeth George. You can't do much better than that.
I'm happy to announce The Night Shadow was the winner in the Novelunity.com Book Club. This is the largest book club on the Internet, with over seven thousand readers. After being the Featured Author on Indie Book Bargains, an honour that is given to only a few, I felt that was enough, but this unexpected honour bestowed is so lovely it's hard to take it in. Thank you, Novelunity!