Shadows of Regret – Ross Greenwood
About the Book
From the #1 bestselling author of Fifty Years of Fear, SHADOWS OF REGRET is the unforgettable story of a woman's struggle to rejoin society.
Katie committed a terrible crime. Sixteen years was the price she had to pay.
Once released from prison, she finds the world has changed. But Katie is a survivor.
Isolated and alone, she struggles to make sense of her new life. Starting again isn’t easy, especially after what she’s done.
Despite not feeling free or safe, Katie overcomes her fears and confronts the future. Although history won’t remain forgotten.
Gradually, memories of the past are revealed. When Katie finally exposes the awful truth and sees there are others who share the blame, she must choose her path.
Will she seek redemption, or will she take revenge?
This is the second book by Ross I have read and enjoyed this as much as the first I read which was Lazy Blood
This books starts as we meet Katie on the day that she is released from prison and describes the moves she goes through before she walks out back into the wide world.
The story alternates between the Katie of the present day and the Katie at various stages of her life. Normally I am not a fan of some of these alternating chapters but I found this one really easy to read and despite being alternating chapters felt that the story really flows well and gives you enough insight into the back story of Katie as a young child / lady, through the memories and giving you snippets of what happened to her.
I won’t go into detail about many aspects of the book as this would spoil others enjoyment when reading the same.
I will say that this is a book I really enjoyed and look forward to catching up with Ross’s previous book shortly.
My thanks go to Ross Greenwood and Caroline Vincent for providing me with a copy of the book. The review however is my own thoughts.
About the Author
I was born in 1973 in Peterborough and lived there until I was 20, attending The King's School in the city. I then began a rather nomadic existence, living and working all over the country and various parts of the world.
I found myself returning to Peterborough many times over the years, usually when things had gone wrong. It was on one of these occasions that I met my partner about 100 metres from my back door whilst walking a dog. Two children swiftly followed. I'm still a little stunned by the pace of it now.
Fifty Years of Fear book was started a long time ago but parenthood and then after working in sales management all my life, i randomly spent four years as a prison officer. Ironically it was the four a.m. feed which gave me the opportunity to finish the book as unable to get back to sleep I completed it in the early morning hours.
I've now written five further books. My second book, The Boy Inside, was picked up by a publisher, and Lazy Blood is also out. All my books are thought provoking, and told with a sense of humour. Reading the reviews has been great.
The first three books are stand alone, however, some of the characters cross over, and you can see how at times, their lives overlap.
Abel's Revenge is something a bit different. It's a modern day love story set against the backdrop of an escalating serial killer. There's a whodunnit element to it, and some smiles along the way.
Shadows of Regret was inspired by my time on the women's side of the jail in Peterborough, and analyses the close relationship between victim and villain. You won't have read a book like it.