Shadow Woman

Shadow Woman - Linda Howard Imagine you wake up one morning and you not only don't recognize the face in the mirror, but you can only remember the last three years of your life. You don't know how long you've been working with your present employer. You can't recall buying your car or even moving into your current residence. Everything in your life seems wrong.

This is what happens to Lizette Henry. Every time she tries to remember more than the past three years, she becomes nauseated and has an unbearable headache. If that wasn't enough to deal with she also has this sense that she is being watched and she doesn't know why. Lizette's paranoia is based in reality . . . she is being watched. Fortunately, one of Lizette's watchers is a man that is her protector. As Lizette decides to search for answers to her life, she winds up on the run from a government agency. What follows is a cat-and-mouse game where Lizette is running away from the bad guys (the government agents) and the good guys. Will she be able to recognize the good guys before it's too late?

Shadow Woman is a suspense thriller with a little bit of romance to heat things up. It seemed like the more Lizette uncovered and remembered, the more problems she encountered. It was fascinating to watch Lizette turn from an every-woman type character to super-agent as she eluded not only government agents but her protector as well. The attraction between Lizette and Xavier quickly evolved into romance as more of her memory returned. Although I found some of the action implausible (namely the subplot involving the former President and the First Lady), I enjoyed reading Shadow Woman. The suspense and thrills kept my attention throughout the book and just when I thought I had it figured out, Ms. Jackson would provide a detour that was completely unexpected. Ms. Jackson provides good guys that aren't wholly good and bad guys that aren't wholly bad, mixed with government conspiracies and rogue agents and agencies. If you're looking for a fast-paced romantic suspense-thriller then this may be just what you need.