Beneath the Shadows by Sara Foster

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In this thrilling gothic suspense debut by Sara Foster in the tradition of Rosamund Lupton and Sophie Hannah, a young mother searches Yorkshire's windswept moors for the truth behind her husband's mysterious disappearance.




When Grace’s husband, Adam, inherits an isolated North Yorkshire cottage, they leave the bustle of London behind to try a new life. A week later, Adam vanishes without a trace, leaving their baby daughter, Millie, in her stroller on the doorstep. The following year, Grace returns to the tiny village on the untamed heath.  Everyone—the police, her parents, even her best friend and younger sister—is convinced that Adam left her. But Grace, unable to let go of her memories of their love and life together, cannot accept this explanation.  She is desperate for answers, but the slumbering, deeply superstitious hamlet is unwilling to give up its secrets. As Grace hunts through forgotten corners of the cottage searching for clues, and digs deeper into the lives of the locals, strange dreams begin to haunt her. Are the villagers hiding something, or is she becoming increasingly paranoid? Only as snowfall threatens to cut her and Millie off from the rest of the world does Grace make a terrible discovery. She has been looking in the wrong place for answers all along, and she and her daughter will be in terrible danger if she cannot get them away in time.


"A haunting tale of loss and one woman's search for the truth no matter the consequences. This vividly written novel will leave you breathless and as chilled as the starkly beautiful North Yorkshire moors where this compelling story unfolds.” –Heather Gudenkauf, New York Times bestselling author of These Things Hidden


About Sara Foster

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Sara Foster is the international bestselling author of Beneath the Shadows. Born and raised in the UK, she worked for a time in the HarperCollins fiction department in London, before turning her hand to freelance editing and writing in her spare time. Sara moved to Western Australia in 2004, where she lives with her husband and young daughter.
Published June 5, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 317 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Village doyen Meredith, a recent widow who supported Grace until her parents arrived, helps her to ease back into village life.

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She meets the daughter of a neighbor who had watched over the cottage while Grace was home with her parents, and then the neighbor herself.

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BlogHer - I may be quiet for a bit because I seem to have stumbled butt-first into a FULL TIME JOB!

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Open Salon

I felt the story would have been stronger if Grace hadn't had the companionship of her sister- who stays with her during the majority of the plot- it lessened your suspense and worry for Grace and her daughter to have another body present.

Jul 20 2012 | Read Full Review of Beneath the Shadows

Sun Sentinel

Grace becomes friendly with Meredith Blakeney, a leader in the tight-knit community, and a handyman named Ben, who works on the cottage while Grace sorts through the boxes left by Adam's grandparents, "dismantling the last traces of their lives."

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