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Star in the Shadows by Helen Buckley

The world thinks that pop superstar Kiara Anderson has it all, but she spends her nights drinking away memories of her childhood and life as a teen runaway.

The Jacobs family are desperate to see the girl next door again and discover why she ran away, especially their son, Shane, who blames himself for her disappearance.

When Kiara’s manager forces her into a reveal-all TV interview, she knows the family she loved more than her own will finally discover the truth.

Can she overcome her demons or will the shadows of the past rob her of fame, fortune, and a chance to finally fall in love?

The author reached out to me about reviewing this book, I thought it sounded good and something that I would enjoy, I love a pop stars, and I was right, it was a very quick and enjoyable read.

This story follows a young girl who runs away from an awful life with her drunken father, but she has nothing and nowhere to go but to a cousin who doesn’t lead a normal life, she gets sucked into this world and ends up on an unfortunate path, until a twist of fate puts her into an up and coming girlband and completely turns her life around, but it’s not all better for her now, she still has demons and battles that she has to face.

There are topics covered in the story that people may find difficult; rape, drugs, alcoholism, they are however well written I feel.

Right from the beginning I was sucked into the story, I couldn’t help but feel for Kiara who had a tough start to life, her dad was awful. I had to admire the Jacobs family for looking out for her how they did. I thought that this was written really well, how the story developed following Kiara from a child to adult life, flashing back to moments from her childhood, both good and bad.

I wasn’t expecting so many twists and turns, poor Kiara went through so much in such a short time, I won’t spoil anything but there is so much drama, and I love a bit of drama. There was a few cheesy moments, but I will admit to loving a bit of cheesiness in a romance book too, cheesy/cliche romance is one of my favourite genres and always help if I find myself in a reading slump.

I thought the story was well written and flowed really well, it is written in third person, which was different as most of the books I read are from a first person perspective, but I really enjoyed the narrative.



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