Sunday, April 19, 2020

Review: "Silent Shadows" by Natalie Walters

After reading Natalie Walters' debut novel Living Lies last year, I knew I'd found an author to watch! Somehow, I missed the second book in the series (something that will be remedied once my Libby hold comes through), but I was eager to dive back into the Walton, Georgia, world with Silent Shadows.

Pecca Gallegos moved to the tiny town of Walton, Georgia, to protect her son and escape the dangerous lifestyle that once defined her. When a series of strange circumstances evolve into threats, Pecca finds herself confiding in an unlikely ally--her stubborn patient.

Army veteran Colton Crawford is desperate to recover from the undiagnosed disorder that is ruining his life, and his instincts are on high alert when threats against his nurse and her son force him to take action. But Colton's involvement only ramps up the danger when he uncovers a family secret revealing that whoever is after Pecca is closer--and more deadly--than they realized.

With this suspenseful new story, Natalie Walters welcomes you once more to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name--but no one knows your secret.

This book is such fun! I immediately loved both Pecca and Colton, and Pecca's son Maceo was the perfect little guy. I loved how Maceo and Colton each helped the other through their disabilities. The romance between Pecca and Colton was sweet, and, though it was fast-moving, it also felt authentic. And I loved where their story ended up!

The suspense aspect of this novel is spot on. I had a few moments of "this person doesn't seem trustworthy" and "there's more going on here" ... but I never would've guessed the truth. The twists in this book are pretty epic and very satisfying!

Other random things I loved:
  • The "meet cute" is hilarious, and I loved that no one ever let Colton or Pecca live it down.
  • There's a scene that's highly reminiscent of the While You Were Sleeping ice slipping scene. 
  • This book exists in the same universe as Becky Wade's books! The Dallas Mustangs (and football player Vincent James) play into the story. The Mustangs are the team that Gray Fowler (Her One and Only) and Corbin Stewart (Falling for You) played for.
I did struggle to keep track of some of the characters at times (especially ones who were only names and never actually appeared on the page), but overall, the book was supremely enjoyable. I'll definitely be looking forward to Natalie Walters' next book. 4-1/2 stars.

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Read my review of Walters' Living Lies (4 stars).

Natalie Walters is the author of the Harbored Secrets series. A military wife of 22 years, she currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past. Learn more at

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell through the Revell Reads program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Also, some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. I recently read Living Lies and I LOVED it! Your review makes me want to get to rest of the series soon! Sounds like a lot of fun!

    1. Thanks, Becky! I'm dying for my hold on "Deadly Deceit" to come through because I so want to finish this series (out of order ...). I so rarely go back and read a book that I've missed in a series, but I need to make an exception here :-)


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