The Shadow Constant
A Hard Science Fiction Suspense Thriller
Someone is keeping watch over the machine. Should it ever have been built?
Suspense and Sci-fi readers will love this page turner from a USA Today bestselling author.
The lure of the find behind the loose hearthstone at Hazleton House was too great. The schematic excited Evan, Reenie and Ivy for different reasons but it is Kayla who actually begins building it. Her ability to focus to the exclusion of all else is just one of the effects of her Asperger's.
The scribbled initials E.W. were merely a curiosity until it's discovered they belong to Eli Whitney. But strange footprints and disturbing visitors let Evan know that the theft of his sister's prize schematic isn't just a coincidence.It becomes obvious that the generator has no apparent power source. And Eli Whitney was only the first to die because of the machine.
Soon they realize their enemies are much bigger than they had imagined and the threat the device poses could topple an empire. The secret now threatens those at Hazleton House.
Who is trying to stop them?
Winner: Booky Award for BEST Thriller & Suspense Book 2013Winner: Booky Award for top 12 books of 2013Finalist: Beverly Hills Book Awards for New Fiction and Suspense 2014Finalist: Eric Hoffer Best Book Award 2014Silver Medal: Indie Excellence Award for Mystery/Suspense 2014
One of my favorites by this author
One of the main strengths of this book is its realistic and insightful portrayal of an adult with Asperger's and how she navigates the world, especially when things go sideways. Another strength is the layering of the setting, the detail of old house renovating, and the intricacies of family dynamics. My only real complaint is I felt like the book ended too soon. I wanted more information from these characters, not a bad way to feel finishing a book.
LOVED The Heroine!
A unique heroine, a fascinating historical mystery, and shadowy forces who want to make sure it's never solved make for a compelling read! I'm always drawn to three-dimensional characters who face real-world challenges. Kayla embodies this type of heroine. I can count a handful of books that feature characters on the autism spectrum. This story does so beautifully. As someone with a loved one on the spectrum (Aspie son), I was so pleased to see an honest portrayal - she's not a robot, she's not cold, she's not a stereotype. Kayla is a PERSON who happens to have Aspergers, and those real human qualities that real people on the spectrum do, in fact, possess, shine through.
The other characters are fleshed out nicely and the plot is full of twists and turns that maintain suspense. This story will stick with me. Highly recommend!