Dear Dr. Owens, 

If you are reading this letter, I am dead and I would be most grateful if you could solve my murder… 


Forensic pathologist Dr. Samantha Owens thought life was finally returning to normal after she suffered a terrible personal loss. Settling into her new job at Georgetown University, the illusion is shattered when she receives a disturbing letter from a dead man imploring her to solve his murder. There's only one catch. Timothy Savage's death was so obviously the suicide of a demented individual that the case has been closed. 

When Sam learns Savage left a will requesting she autopsy his body, she feels compelled to look into the case. Sam's own postmortem discovers clear signs that Savage was indeed murdered. And she finds DNA from a kidnapped child whose remains were recovered years earlier. 

The investigation takes Sam into the shadows of a twenty-year-old mystery that must be solved to determine what really happened to Timothy Savage. Nothing about the case makes sense but it is clear someone is unwilling to let anyone, especially Samantha Owens, discover the truth.


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More Information

  • Publisher: MIRA books
  • Original release date: February 25, 2014
  • Formats: Print, eBook, audiobook
  • Audiobook narrator: Joyce Bean

Recognition

  • Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice nominee for Best Suspense/Thriller
  • Booklist Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly Starred Review
  • Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week
  • Romantic Times Top Pick!

Praise


"Exceptional character development distinguishes Thriller Award–winner Ellison’s third Samantha Owens novel (after 2012’s Edge of Black), the best yet in the series. . . . The author’s ability to neatly tie together the mysterious clues helps make this a standout in the romantic thriller subgenre."
– ★ Publishers Weekly, starred review    


"The mystery only intensifies as the narrative unfolds, and it’s a guarantee that readers will not figure out all of the details before the end. Ellison has crafted a terrific thriller, and fans of forensic mysteries, such as those by Patricia Cornwell, should immediately add this series to their A-lists." 
 Booklist, starred review


"Ellison excels at imaginative and terrifying plots, and this thriller is a fine example that sucks readers in at the beginning and spits them out at the end, emotionally drained. The latest Samantha Owens installment is a complex story with interwoven mysteries and a frightening conspiracy. Villains range from just greedy to truly evil."
Romantic Times Top Pick!


"Ellison's third Samantha Owens installment (after A Deeper Darkness and Edge of Black) is a gripping page-turner. Skillfully seasoned with suspense, intrigue, adventure, and a dash of romance, it's essential for suspense junkies."  
Library Journal


"Ellison, yet again, offers up a story that goes from 0-to-60 in seconds. . . . Full of carefully mastered clues that tie both cases together, this is a true thrillfest that will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very end." – Suspense Magazine


"J.T. Ellison's WHEN SHADOWS FALL is a cleverly devised forensic thriller with multifaceted characters and a compelling storyline. Even though it's part of a series, WHEN SHADOWS FALL is an excellent stand-alone novel giving all the background information that's needed for its total enjoyment. Ellison is a master-craftsman at developing superb forensic thrillers!" 
– Fresh Fiction