Anya, the owner of the chilling cry from Room 16, is haunted by hallucinations caused by sleep paralysis. After 3 months at Westhill Hospital she isn’t progressing or healing any, that is until she meets Chester…
Chester arrived just three days ago, unable to control his intrigue he makes his way down to Room 16 to see what he can find out about the mysterious voice he’s heard. He doesn’t find what he expected. Instead a frail, sleeping girl captivates him and he knows he must know her more.
In her shadows is a dark and twisted tale of two people finding strength in each other when they need it most. Join Anya and Chester at Westhill Hospital and discover how love and friendship can be found in the strangest of places between the most unlikely people.
I was immediately drawn into this by the synopsis. I was intrigued and thought this would be something different, something fresh. And it was.
Unfortunately, I had trouble connecting emotionally to the characters. I felt more emotion coming from the Doctors and hospital staff than I did from Anya and Chester. I would've absolutely loved to be more in their heads and to be able to feel the paranoia and fear that they felt, not to mention the relief, comfort and love they found with each other.
The only other thing that bothered me was the trigger for Anya's sleep paralysis. I know the diagnosis was eventually made, but for some reason I keep thinking that maybe there was something more to it. It frustrates me that I got the diagnosis and essentially the answer but I still don't feel closure about it.
I did enjoy their journey and this book does bring light to the stigma that people with mental disorders have to deal with. It really is a shame that people aren't as understanding about mental illness as they are about other things.
*Copy received from author in exchange for an honest review.
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