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Literary Fiction | The Shadow Between Us | Carol Mason

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The Shadow Between Us by Carol Mason

What is it about the coast that attracts people running from their past?

Maybe there’s something in a sea breeze that blows away your problems. Maybe when you look out at the ocean you can see the future; forget the secrets and pain holding you back.

Or at least you can forget them for a time.

When Olivia moves to Port Townsend, her marriage is floundering, and her life is in pieces. She doesn’t know if things with her husband Mark are truly over, or quite why the phone call she longs for on her daughter’s birthday will never come.

Joining a letter-writing club seems like a harmless decision. But when she meets Ned, an ex-soldier badly wounded in Afghanistan, this unlooked-for friendship revives unexpected emotions and memories she’d rather forget.

Can Olivia find the courage to confront what she’s hiding from and finally begin to heal the wounds that have torn her life apart?

From the bestselling author of After You Left comes a story about finding hope in second chances.

The Shadow Between Us by Carol Mason is published by Lake Union Publishing (24th March 2019) and is available to purchase in digital, paperback, audiobook and MP3 CD formats.


I found the beginning of this book quite slow, as I couldn’t see where the story would take me. However I’m glad I kept reading as I read very quickly once I got into the storyline.

A suspense novel following the main character, Olivia’s move to Port Townsend to escape her marriage and past mistake. Throughout Carol Mason has entwined different clues and memories to keep the pages turning and leaving the reader guessing the reason why Olivia decided to flee.

Olivia joins a writing club and meets scarred ex SEAL, Ned, who also shares similar feelings of needing to escape.

I found the ending to be a surprise … emotional and cleverly executed. I felt shocked but had an overwhelming understanding of Olivia and her actions.

Poignant, beautifully written and a great read.

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Carol Mason is the author of women’s fiction novels including After You Left, The Secrets of Married Women and The Last Time We Met.

Carol grew up in Sunderland, working as a model before joining the Diplomatic Service. She moved to Canada and met the man who would become her husband.

Her novels are translated into 10 languages.

Connect with Carol Mason


Twitter @CarolMasonBooks


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I've been blogging about my interests at Jera's Jamboree for 8+ years. My love of reading, crocheting and being out in nature are all things that help me unwind from my role as an Inclusion Lead in a primary school. I'm passionate about early help and sharing strategies with families to empower and help build resilience. I'm a member of of my Local Authority's Early Help Operational Board, working alongside other professionals to instigate change and growth.

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