The Mountain's Shadow: Book Review

The Mountain's Shadow
Book One of The Lycanthropy Files
By Cecilia Dominic
Published October 2013
Samhain Publishing

Some mistakes can literally come back to bite you.First it was ADD. Then pediatric bipolar. Now the hot behavioral disorder in children is CLS, or Chronic Lycanthropy Syndrome. Public health researcher Joanie Fisher was closing in on the cause in hopes of finding a treatment until a lab fire and an affair with her boss left her without a job.

When her grandfather leaves her his multimillion-dollar estate in the Ozarks, though, she figures her luck is turning around. Except her inheritance comes with complications: town children who disappear during full moons, an irresistible butler, and a pack of werewolves who can’t seem to decide whether to frighten her or flirt with her.

Joanie’s research is the key to unraveling the mysteries of Wolfsbane Manor. However, resuming her work means facing painful truths about her childhood, which could result in the loss of love, friendship, and the only true family she has left.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

My Review: When Joanie's grandfather is declared dead, she inherits his estate and all the mystery that comes with it. Wolfsbane Manor is the center of a cluster of missing children cases and possibly the key to her own abandoned research. Will she survive to solve solve the plethora of mysteries she has stumbled upon, or will she suffer the same fate that claimed her grandfather and brother?

This book was well-written with no mechanical issues I could find. The description of the Ozarks was top-notch and I actually felt like I was there. In terms of pacing, the story clipped along and at no time did it become boring or dull. There was a nice combination of sexual tension, a teeny hint of a love triangle (or at least multiple men Joanie could possibly hook up with), scientific research, action, and dialogue. What dropped this book from a 5 to a 4 was my own hard-wired bias. I'll admit I had a hard time connecting with the main character. She wasn't unlikable--in fact, I was able to sympathize with her situation and even root for her. I just had a difficult time getting past her affair with a married man. On top of that, Joanie then unfairly judges her own best friend when she falls prey to a married man. Besides this small aspect of the book (which may not bother others at all), I did enjoy the story. The plot was interesting and I believe this book sets the framework for a good series. I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a werewolf book with a twist.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Author Bio:
Cecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she's fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn't stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she's been told, is a good number of each.

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To buy her books, you can get them in all ebook formats from Samhain Publishing or from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. It's also available from Apple, Sony, and anywhere else ebooks are sold.


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