Living in the Shadows
By Judith Barrow
It's 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria.
Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse - following in Mary's footsteps - and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire.
At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda's darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so?
There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.
"Judith Barrow has written, with great intensity of emotions, an absorbing saga..."
"This was the first book I have read by Judith and it will not the be the last... a wonderful family drama set in 1969 Wales, as I started to read I was transported there with them all... I liked the way Judith builds up the tension and the drama unfolds so easily... Judith is a wonderful storyteller."
AJ Book Review Club
"Judith Barrow crafts a skilful tale without downplaying the reality of life for ordinary people in a northern 60s town. The evocative and convincing descriptions of locations and characters, along with the dialogue, give credence to the story."
Cathy, Between the Lines
"I couldn't put the book down."
Hannah, Echoes in An Empty Room
"a gripping read."
"well-paced, gritty love story"
"An unforgettable debut novel - perfectly paced"
"Barrow's thoughtful and atmospheric novel shines a light on the shadowy corners of family life..."
Lancashire Evening Post
"Judith Barrow has not written an ordinary romance but a book that deals with important issues which are still relevant today... an excellent debut novel."
Historical Novels Review
"Judith Barrow has surpassed herself in writing this great family saga. Whilst Living in the Shadows can be read as a standalone novel its definitely worth reading the other two books in the series first. There is such a wealth of fantastic characters to fall in love with and ones to hate!"
Brook Cottage Books
"... gives the reader a great insight into life during the 60's and also how life was different within familes then... I really enjoy reading books about yesteryear and this book was no exception."
Julie Boon, Boon's Bookcase
"This is a fabulous story and well worth the read and I definitely want to go back and read the other books."
Andrea, A Chick Who Reads
"Living in the Shadows " by Judith Barrow grabbed my attention from the first sentence."
Categories: Fiction, Historical fiction, Novels, Saga
First Published by Honno: 16th July 2015