Shadows of Doubt by Mell Corcoran

Shadows of Doubt by Mell Corcoran
Publisher: Mill City Publishing
Genre: Mystery/Suspense, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (427 pgs)
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Stephanotis

Voted BoM by LASR Readers 2013 copy

Humans sit comfortably at the summit of the food chain; rarely does any other animal get the advantage. But other people? Now there’s something to fear. In Mell Corcoran’s thrilling crime novel debut, Shadows of Doubt, women are being hunted, tortured, killed and their assailant leaves the same clue on each of them but it has no scientific explanation. Detective Lou Donovan must figure out this killer’s signature because he’s escalating and no one knows where he will strike next.

When the first victim appears in Shadows of Doubt, neither Lou nor her partner wants the case but it’s dropped in their laps. As soon as they make some progress, however, the case is taken from them and the explanation is weak at best. Lou won’t let go and tries to work below the radar but she’s foiled at every turn. It’s as if someone is watching her and knows her every move.
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Shadows of Doubt is an exciting ride. It has everything a good crime book needs: a fiery detective with a blood hound’s sense, dark figures with dark pasts, twists, turns, and action. And then there’s the tall, gorgeous man. Lou and this mysterious stranger keep crossing paths and his presence disarms her. What she doesn’t know is that her effect on him is the same and therein lies the rub. If he can’t think straight, Lou will die.

How can I sum up Shadows of Doubt? Actually, I don’t think I can. When I read the synopsis I thought it was going to be a paranormal story but then as I began reading it, I guessed I’d been wrong but then…

Well, I won’t give away the plot because that would ruin it for you. Let me just say if you like your mysteries, especially police procedurals, on the gritty side then you’ll love this book. Half way through there is a great surprise and can I just say, if you do like paranormal books, then you’ll probably enjoy the reveal that I didn’t see coming.

I liked the main character Lou, she’s tough, sometimes funny and has that I’m not giving up attitude. The other characters were all fun too, especially Caroline who she teams up with.

One thing I really liked about this story was as you asked more questions while you were reading, more doors opened to the possibility that things might not be as they appeared. It’s certainly a page turner and don’t be put off by the 427 pages. During the second half of the book when you uncover something juicy, you’ll find yourself racing through the book.

The setting was also perfect for the book, almost like another layer on a well baked cake. This is the first in the series featuring Lou, I have another one to read and review, and I’m looking forward to seeing where her next adventures take her.

For fans of gritty mysteries with a healthy dose of the paranormal, I think this might be a good pick for you.


  1. A+

  2. Good book.

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