Review of Secrets In The Shadows by Hannah Emery



In 1920s Blackpool, eleven year old Rose wanders away from her parents and has a unique gift bestowed upon her. This gift will leave a haunting legacy, seeping down through the generations…

Decades later, Louisa has a vision of her mother walking into the sea. This isn’t the first time it happens and it won’t be the last, but what she sees isn’t always what she wants. The rest of her life is spent trying to change the future that haunts her.

In present day Blackpool, Grace is going to be married someday. She knows this because she’s seen it; a vision of a white dress, daisies embroidered on the sleeves, the groom by her side, vowing to love her forever. Except the man in her premonition doesn’t belong to her- he belongs to her twin sister, Elsie.

Haunted by what they know and what they are afraid to find out, all three women must make a choice: in the face of certain destiny should you chase the outcome that’s “meant to be,” or throw away fate and choose your own future?


When Hannah contacted me and asked if I’d like to review her book, I jumped at the chance. I’m a huge fan of Harper Impulse and their books, so naturally, I wanted to read Hannah’s debut.

This is a book which you’d love to sink your teeth into. At times, I found myself itching to get back to reading. It’s a very addictive book which consists of wonderful main characters – Rose, Louisa, Grace and Elsie. Each woman is strong, powerful and I absolutely loved Grace above the rest. I know that it’s a little wrong to favour characters and sometimes, I hate doing that but for me, Grace stood out above the others.

Hannah’s writing style made me question whether this really was her debut novel or not. This lady is extremely talented and I can’t believe that no publication house has snapped her up before. The plot flowed perfectly on the pages and when it ended, I wanted more. I generally thought Secrets In The Shadows was put of a series, but it’s not. *sad face*

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