Book Reviews

"A spy thriller with a big heart, visions of the past, and an emphasis on human connections." - Publisher's Weekly

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"An intense thriller! There is a lot going on between the first book and this book and sometimes I had to reread some things but the twists and turns kept me engaged throughout the book! Really an interesting concept." - Alexis Lizama

"It's a thriller of secrets. Evan and Shadow welcome a new life into theirs. Their son, Bright, provides hope so they can move forward from the past. But that won't happen...A threatening appearance from Evan’s 19th-century self and fearful visions. The family takes refuge in a safehouse provided by Evan’s father, Bruce, and he plots to bring the Secret Eye Agency down. Will the past catch up to the present? Shadow’s ex, the SEA agent Marvin, won’t stop his pursuit until they surrender to his demands. Evan’s nephew is the first to fall victim. Enraged for vengeance, Evan goes to Bruce, seeking clues that will lead him to Marvin. What he finds will only entangle his new family and secrets of their parents and grandparents. That won’t all be welcome. And there are the dead who won't stay dead. From twisted histories to the SHADOW continues a story it’s impossible to forget. Took me a while to finish but a very good thriller." -Maria Bruckner

"Sidhu’s ambitious, character-grounded thriller series returns, once again finding mystery and suspense where life and death edge against each other as past lives and a shadowy intelligence agency wreak havoc on a pair of parents-to-be. Evan Storm, the protagonist of Storm: It's a Curse to Remember, is haunted by recurring dreams of his family’s past as his wife Shadow takes maternity leave. Baby Bright is on the way, but the SEA—the corrupted Secret Eye Agency—and the psychopaths in its ranks is still out there, meaning the family’s not safe, despite the efforts of Evan’s father, Bruce, and his colleagues to shut it down. Bruce is facing a tough diagnosis, and some distrust over the secrets he’s kept, while Evan’s visions of the past suggest that Bright will be in danger of being taken away by the SEA.
Facing the danger and the past will involve courage, trust, and the revelation of dark truths, as tragedy touches their lives and Evan and Shadow must rely on Bruce for safety in a world where, as Evan muses, “people lurking in the shadows…would take innocent lives just for power.” Sidhu’s thrillers exhibit an uncommon interest in the humanity and connections of their characters, with much of this novel’s first half dedicated to warm domestic scenes—and some convincing arguments and expressions of regret—between Evan’s flashbacks to the 1930s and shorter scenes at the SEA. That big-hearted attentiveness to what matters in life ensures that the plot’s jolts, when they come, have serious impact, though readers who prefer their suspense tales lean and mean may find the pacing slow.

Sidhu proves adept at twining past and present while creating the sense that nowhere is safe—a set piece in which a character is heavily medicated in a hospital bed is chilling. Still, Shadow doesn’t forego the thrills of high-tech gadgetry and desperate action. Setting it apart, though, is its focus on all that its heroes have to lose." -Publisher's Weekly Booklife

"The fuel that powers the narrative is obviously Sidhu’s ability to create three-dimensional and emotionally connective characters. The dynamism between the players is exceptional throughout the 500-plus-page book." -Kirkus Reviews 

"...This is Book Two of the Storm series that began with Storm: It’s a Curse to Remember. Going back to my previous review of Book One, I see a lot of similarities with my critique. The story is incredible. Paranormal, a little bit evil, but also a lot of good. As I stated in my review of book one, while the story is gripping, the execution is less than. There is a lot of editing that could take place to bring this story to a better place. Again, some of the elements are a bit too Marvel-like. I’m not sure if this book is supposed to emulate a graphic novel or comic book, but some of the written elements are just not up to par. That said, I do feel that book two is superior to book one in many ways. But as I said after reading book one, this story is compelling and riveting and a wild ride that is really fun to be on. I want to know where things go from here. So as I did previously, I will continue to follow the Storm family through their journeys.." -Kimberley Burkovich