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Lady of the Shades

by Darren Shan

'new gen' - Great Fiction for Young Adults Action / Adventure / Spy / Espionage eBooks of the Month Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on Lady of the Shades

One of our Books of the Year 2013.

I know this popular author of zombie adventures is much loved by a huge quantity of teenage fans but I’ve never read him.  However, many devoted fans do claim this is his best book.  I was completely hooked from page one and continually surprised by each twist, each unlikely revelation and each unexpected development.  A very clever book indeed where an American thriller writer in London gets infatuated by a gangster’s wife.  The discovery of their attraction would mean death for both, so maybe the boss should die first.  I cannot recommend this book highly enough.  Definitely my book of the month.

 

The Lovereading view...

Supernatural goings on, dangerous London mobsters and an illicit affair are the heart of this dark, paranormal thriller for adults from the number one bestselling Young Adult author (Cirque Du Freak). Ed Sieveking is an American author looking for inspiration for his next book in London but inadvertently gets involved with the wife of a crime lord - soon his real life is resembling the fictional ones of his books. Full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing, and on the edge of your seat.

 

Darren Shan on his new book...

"I never meant to be a children’s author. It wasn’t part of the “grand plan” that I had when I was younger, planning to take the book world by storm. I had always enjoyed reading children’s books, and thought I might try to write one at some point, for fun, but I never saw it as a career move.

 

As a teenager I wrote grisly, morbid books intended for an adult audience. This continued into my early twenties. I was very prolific, writing five or six different books a year. I toyed with different genres and styles, but the one thing all those books had in common was that they were written for adults.

   

Then Cirque Du Freak came along. The idea of writing a vampire book from a child’s point of view intrigued me, and since the main character was a boy, I decided to aim the story at a younger audience. I enjoyed the experience, and so did millions of readers around the world, and I got happily sidetracked.  But I never ditched my adult stories. I knew I would return to that world one day and pick up where I had left off. The question was when.
    

I’ve chosen to resurrect my adult career now because it seemed like a natural extension of my last few children’s books. The Thin Executioner and my four-book series The Saga of Larten Crepsley were written for children, but were very adult in tone. Having slipped back into that zone, I decided it was time to fully test myself on the adult front again. The first result is Lady of the Shades, a haunting thriller about a writer with a guilty secret. In many ways I’m like Ed, the writer in the book, in that I also have a secret, which I’m going to share with you today: I never meant to be a children’s author…"

Sarah Broadhurst

Lady of the Shades Synopsis

In a hotel room in Chile, an assassin washes blood from his clothes as he receives word of a new job. Miles away in the twisting streets of London, American writer Ed is tormented by the ghosts of his brutal past. And unseen, a plot churns into motion that will blur the boundaries between what's real and what's not.Ensnared in an affair with the beautiful wife of a dangerous crime lord, Ed fights to keep a deadly secret hidden. But with each turn, his past is catching up with him. Because in the shadows, nothing is as it seems...

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ISBN: 9781409139126
Publication date: 10/10/2013
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

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Publication date: 30/08/2012
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781409139126
Publication date: 10th October 2013
Author: Darren Shan
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Genres: NewGen - YA Fiction, Action Adventure / Spy, eBook Favourites, Thriller / Suspense,
Categories: Thriller / suspense,

About Darren Shan

Darren Shan is the number one bestselling author of the young adult series Cirque du Freak, The Demonata, The Saga of Larten Crepsley and Zom-B, as well as the standalone books The Thin Executioner and Koyasan. For adults he has written Procession of the Dead, Hell's Horizon and City of the Snakes, collectively known as The City Trilogy.   Shan's books are sold in every continent, in thirty-one languages, and have been bestsellers in countries including America, Britain, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway and the UAE. His books have also topped the adult bestseller charts in Hungary, Japan and Taiwan. In ...

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