SHADOW GARDEN by Alexandra Burt


Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: July 21, 2020
Source: Review copy from the publisher
Rating: ā˜…ā˜…


A wealthy woman suspects something is off about the luxurious complex she lives in…and she is right, in this riveting domestic-suspense novel from international bestselling author Alexandra Burt.

Donna Pryor lives in the lap of luxury. She spends her days in a beautifully appointed condo. Her every whim is catered to by a dedicated staff, and she does not want for anything.

Except for news of her adult daughter.

Or an ex-husband who takes her calls.

Donna knows something is wrong, but she can’t quite put her finger on it. As her life of privilege starts to feel more and more like a prison, the facade she has depended on begins to crumble. Somewhere in the ruins is the truth, and the closer Donna Pryor gets to it, the more likely it is to destroy her.


This dark dysfunctional family drama centers around mother Donna living at an opulent place called Shadow Garden. Her husband Edward ignores her, and she wishes her daughter Penelope would call. Something is off, but Donna can’t figure out what.

Though I was intrigued by the blurb, I had a hard time staying interested in the story. I found it too wordy, and the characters were flat and unlikable. A lot of abrupt timeline changes made the book hard to follow. In the end, I felt like I missed the reasoning behind the characters’ behaviors. I suspected what was going from the beginning, and unfortunately there were no big twists that surprised me.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

3 thoughts on “SHADOW GARDEN by Alexandra Burt

  1. I read and reviewed this too, and like you, I wanted to like it more than I did. Somehow, although there was potential, it fell flat for me, glad to know Iā€™m not alone!

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  2. I’ve got this one too, but I can see that I might take my time to read it. Hmmm…can’t win them all right?

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