06 May 2019

The Shadow Writer | Book Review


Every writer has a story. Some are deadlier than others.

Aspiring author Graye Templeton will do anything to escape the horrific childhood crime that haunts her. After a life lived in shadows, she’s accepted a new job as protégé to Laura West, influential book blogger and wife of an acclaimed novelist. Laura’s connections could make Graye’s publishing dreams a reality. But there’s more to Laura than meets the eye.

Behind the veneer of a charmed life, Laura’s marriage is collapsing. Her once-lauded husband is descending into alcoholism and ruin and bringing Laura nearer to the edge.

As the two women form a bond that seems meant to be, long-buried secrets claw their way into the present, and the line between friendship and obsession begins to blur, forcing each to decide where her loyalties lie. Running from the past is a dangerous game, and the loser could end up dead.

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Release Date: May 1, 2019


A fast-paced thriller of obsession and manipulation, The Shadow Writer by Eliza Maxwell is an entertaining read from start to finish.

As aspiring author Graye Templeton begins working with Laura West, the secrets they keep have a sneaky way of affecting their present—dangerously. Their unfolding story takes plenty of surprising and suspenseful twists and turns, which all kept me guessing what would happen next. I definitely enjoyed The Shadow Writer—it’s the first book I’ve read by Maxwell, but it certainly won’t be the last.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Eliza Maxwell is the author of The Widow’s Watcher, The Unremembered Girl, The Grave Tender, and The Kinfolk. She writes fiction from her home in Texas, which she shares with her ever-patient husband, two impatient kids, a ridiculous English setter, and a bird named Sarah. An artist and writer, a dedicated introvert, and a British-cop-drama addict, she enjoys nothing more than sitting on the front porch with a good cup of coffee.



  1. Sounds really good! I love when a thriller manages to be surprising. Definitely will have to check this out. Great review!

  2. I actually want to read this mostly because I like the author's name!

  3. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours