The Company of Shadows, Paperback Book

The Company of Shadows Paperback

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Flicking through her friends' holiday snaps, Kate Benson receives a sudden shock.

For there in the background is her husband, Charlie.

Dark hair, blue eyes, familiar smile: there's no mistaking him.

But that's impossible. Because Charlie died exactly a year ago. Determined to track down the man in the photograph, Kate follows the trail from Miami to Sicily, where her husband drowned in mysterious circumstances.

But when she discovers serious discrepancies in the original investigation, Kate starts to question whether she ever really knew the man she loved so much.

Was Charlie murdered? Was their marriage as perfect as Kate remembers? Who are the people following her? Who can she trust? And is Kate herself to be trusted? Because there are secrets in her past too . . .


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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  • Category: Thriller / suspense
  • ISBN: 9781847398796

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This is an intriguing listen. It starts a year after Kate's husband Charlie dies in a drowning of the coast of Sicily while they are on holiday. She see some friend's holiday pictures and thinks she sees her husband in the background. And she's off to Miami to see if the mystery man is her husband, or just a lookalike. The first 2 parts of the book involve at least some element of the story being told with flash backs to when they met, got married and to the holiday itself. It was in the later parts of the book that I slightly lost the plot. Was he dead or not? Was he FBI or the mob? What on earth was his real name? It got a bit silly, but it was good enough that I didn't think of stopping. It all worked out in the end, and there were some fabulous character studies along the way. I just felt that sometimes someone would get introduced and used for a particular reason, then dropped. I'm sure if you pieced together who said what at various stages, you'd find some gaping plot holes - it all felt like it wouldn't hang together if really looked at closely. But it zipped along and the lead character was interesting enough that, even when you thought she was being an idiot, you wanted to know how she was going to cope with what turned up next.

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