Reviews for Shadow Creek

Booklist Reviews 2012 December #2
Val is in no mood for a camping trip--she's having a hard time dealing with her bratty teenage daughter, Brianne, and she's working through her feelings for her estranged husband. Still, Val and her two best friends somehow end up chauffeuring Brianne and Jennifer, her soon-to-be-ex's new girlfriend, upstate to the Adirondacks. It's tense, to say the least--Val caught her husband cheating on her with Jennifer. When they arrive late to the resort, they all get stuck in the same room. The ensuing fight, ending in Brianne running away, causes the motley group to get kicked out of the hotel. They're forced to seek accommodations at a nearby campground, which would be bad enough, but it gets worse--a pair of bloodthirsty killers is on the loose. Sounds campy, and several of the characters are pretty stock (the flaming former Broadway dancer best friend, Val's cheating ex, Brianne's box-of-rocks boyfriend), but Fielding manages to keep the tension (and plenty of gore) ramped up throughout this fact-paced novel of suspense. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Kirkus Reviews 2012 December #1
Sociopathic slashers terrorize the Adirondacks, but can they foil a motley crew of campers from Manhattan? A teenage girl who calls herself Nikki charms her way into an isolated woodland cabin near Shadow Creek, occupied by an elderly couple, the Laufers. She's followed shortly by her older boyfriend, who, with Nikki's enthusiastic participation, makes short work of the hapless Laufers with a machete. Meanwhile, thanks to snafus too numerous to detail, Val and her sophisticated friends, vintage costume-jewelry maven Melissa and former Broadway hoofer James, cancel her 40th birthday club crawl to accompany her 16-year-old daughter, Brianne, and Brianne's future stepmother (you heard that right), Jennifer, to a lodge in Shadow Creek. Evan, whom Val is divorcing after finding him in flagrante with Jennifer, can't--again, it's complicated--join them. Brianne keeps trying to elude the adults to tryst with boyfriend Tyler. Even after her mother confiscates her Blackberry, Brianne and Tyler manage to hook up, but after a park ranger catches them, the scandalized lodge banishes the once and future Mrs. Rowes and entourage from the premises. They reluctantly repair to a nearby campground. Brianne is still scheming to meet Tyler, while sparks fly between Val and Gary, a high school classmate she's encountered by chance (although she would, if asked, take Evan back). In the background, rumors roil about a series of grisly slayings in the Berkshires. The Adirondack murders remain unreported, since Nikki and her beau are still skulking in the Laufers' cabin, eliminating all potential witnesses who happen by. It is only a matter of time before their widening net snares Val et al. In fact, alternating third-person voices and ambiguous clues planted here and there suggest that Brianne and Nikki may actually be the same person. For those who don't relish extensive carnage, Fielding includes just enough humor and social satire to leaven the proceedings, while never leaving us in doubt that justice will ultimately be meted out. A sassy, scary read. Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

Library Journal Reviews 2012 July #1

A killers-in-the-wilderness book from Fielding, who often edges her tales of personal grief with something a little bloodier. A ragtag group of hikers comprising one woman, her two oddball friends, her teenage daughter, and her soon-to-be-ex-husband's fiancée march through the Adirondacks, finally settling near Shadow Creek. Teenaged Brianne slips away to be with her boyfriend and can't be found in the morning. Alas, a murderous duo are haunting the environs. Fielding has a fond following.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 November #4

In this chilling tale of serial killers on the loose from bestseller Fielding (Now You See Her), Valerie Rowe and two Manhattan friends decide at the last minute to head up to the Lodge at Shadow Creek in the Adirondacks to celebrate her 40th birthday. Accompanying them are Val's 16-year-old daughter, Brianne, by her soon-to-be-divorced philanderer of a husband, Evan, and Evan's fiancée, Jennifer. Evan, whom Val still sort of loves, is unable to join them because of business in the city. Val's ill feelings toward Jennifer and her constant verbal sparring with rebellious Brianne add tension, especially after Brianne goes missing, and the odd assortment of campers move from the lodge to tents. The suspense rises as a pair of serial killers, who gleefully dispatched an elderly couple at their isolated Adirondacks cabin in the prologue, seek more victims. The intricate, twisty plot builds to an explosive climax. Agent: Tracy Fisher, WME Entertainment. (Dec.)

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