The Shadowed Mind by Julie Cave

Book Description: A suspense-filled mystery which answers an ominous question: Who will be found worthy to live; who is the next victim?
After the deadly investigation into the Smithsonian murders, Dinah Harris is now facing a daily battle to keep her sobriety while struggling to form a new career from the ashes of her former job as an FBI agent. From the shadows will emerge a cunning and terrifying killer, who carefully and methodically will decide whose life has value to society and whose does not.
Using her profiling and security skills as a private consultant based in Washington, DC, Dinah uncovers a connection to the shadowy world of neo-eugenics, and those who publicly denounce the killings but privately support a much different view.
Against this backdrop, Dinah must come to terms with her own past, as those associated with the deepening mystery face their own personal demons, and struggle with the concept of God's inexhaustible grace and forgiveness. Old secrets are revealed, tragedies unearthed, and the devastating legacy of science without compassion is finally brought to light.
The second in a powerful new fiction trilogy!

About the Author:  Julie Cave credits her parents for introducing her to books at a young age, which fostered an enduring passion for reading and writing. As a child, her favourite authors were Enid Blyton and C.S. Lewis and it wasn't long before she began copying them, writing short stories for anyone who would read them. At fifteen, two things happened which would shape her future: she heard a creation science speaker at her church which cemented her faith in God; and she finished her second novel-length story and realised she had fallen in love with writing novels. After school, she completed a health science degree, got married, and worked in banking and finance. All the while she wondered how she could combine her love of writing and her strong passion for Christian apologetics and evangelism. One weekend at a church camp, a friend asked, 'What if the guy in charge of the Smithsonian Institution went missing?' The result - and the answer to that question - is Julie's maiden published novel, Deadly Disclosures. Julie has one daughter and lives in Brisbane, Australia with her family. She divides her time between being a wife, a mother and an author.
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My Review:  WOW!  Having read the first book, Deadly Disclosures by Julie Cave I was quite interested in reading the second book, The Shadowed Mind.  Deadly Disclosures delves into Creation vs. Evolution with strong characters.  It was a great read!  However, Julie has out.done.herself with The Shadowed Mind!
Dinah Harris is a struggling-overcoming alcoholic who has recently rededicated her life to God.  She and her partner now have another case.  "The Killer" has taken the lives of people he deems  He befriends these lonely, unsuspecting people and then just when they think he's their new BFF (Best Friend Forever) BOP!  It's over!  Julie and her partner have an incredible mystery to solve.  
I absolutely loved this suspense/thriller/mystery!  The theme of the book is also something that is close to my heart.  Is euthanasia or eugenics really something one should consider?  Do we, as humans, really have the right to choose who should live and who shouldn't?  What is eugenics/neo-eugenics?  You really need to read this fantastic book to find out!  
A sub-plot of Ella who takes care of her aging-alzheimer father and then finds out his his horrible secret from the past is suspenseful and leads the reader to the clue in this mystery.
I can't say enough about this book!  It was absolutely one of the best that I've read!
Julie did a grand-tastic job of research for this book!  This isn't your "normal" thriller!  I learned so much about subjects that seem to be taking place in our society today.
A Shadowed Mind can be read as stand-alone book but I suggest you read Deadly Disclosures first for it will help you understand Dinah's personal struggles.  
A Shadowed Mind is a definite 5 star!  
I anxiously await the third book in this trilogy, Pieces of Light due out in June 2011.

*I received a copy of this book from Master Books/New Leaf Publishing 
to give a frank and honest review. All opinions are my own.*

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