Tour Date: March 16-April 30, 2015 Available in: Print & ebook, 176 Pages
In the college town of Isla Vista, California, small, odd things start happening. Science-geek Nicole notes the crows are leaving. Meg Burdigal can’t find her tabby cat, Schrand. Brian the postman feels uneasy at the rustlings, the shadows he’s seen at the edge of his vision on his delivery route in town. Now Nicole sees fewer and fewer homeless in the park. Using her knowledge of biology and forensics, Nicole searches for answers—but will anyone take the horror she finds seriously?
In this unusual thriller, ‘Watch the Shadows’, author Robin Winter explores where the ordinary slams against the extraordinary.
My take on this book:
There is something odd going on in Isla Vista, California. First a severed leg is found by a homeless man, and then Meg Burdigal comes home to find a gelatinous blob that resembles a cat in her house, but when she runs next door to get her next door neighbor high school sophomore Nicole and her mother the thing is gone. Now some of the homeless people are coming up missing. One things for certain it's no longer safe in Isla Vista but why? Nicole knows something is going on, and she is determined to find out what! Watch the Shadows by Robin Winter is a book that starts out slow as the author introduces us to various character, but then builds momentum and held my attention as I wondered what the heck was going on! There were several interesting characters from Brian the mailman, to Charlie the homeless man and his dog Rapper. Ms. Winter paints each character with a sense of realism which allowed me to imagine them and the roles they played within the story. Rich descriptions allowed the story to flow smoothly. While there were a few lulls in the story I really needed to know what was going on so I kept reading. Overall Watch The Shadows certainly provides a unique read in the horror sci-fi genre but also provides a few glimpses of humor as well.
About Robin Winter:
Robin Winter first wrote and illustrated a manuscript on “Chickens and their Diseases” in second grade, continuing to both write and draw, ever since. Born in Nebraska, she’s lived in a variety of places: Nigeria, New Hampshire, upper New York state and now, California. She pursues a career in oil painting under the name of Robin Gowen, specializing in landscape. Her work can be viewed at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara or on-line atwww.sullivangoss.com/Exhibits/RobinGowen2012.asp
Robin is married to a paleobotanist, who corrects the science in both her paintings and her stories. She’s published science fiction short stories, a dystopian science fiction novel,Future Past, and Night Must Wait, a historical novel about the Nigerian Civil War.