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Samantha Higgins is a seventeen year old who is tired of trying to keep a "perfect" image. With peer pressure from friends pulling her towards alcohol and sex, and having a continually stressed relationship with her mother, Sam finds herself living on the street and sleeping out of the back of her small pickup truck. Feeling alone and vulnerable, Sam immediately finds comfort in Kyle, who is an older man declaring that he wants to help her.
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Kyle eventually convinces Sam to move in with him as "roommates". At first things are comfortable and Sam enjoys her new friend, but after three short months, things drastically change. Kyle starts to show his temper and when he is fired from his job, he takes out his anger by beating Sam.   This day proves to only be the beginning of what turns out to be a nearly two year ordeal where Sam is held prisoner in her own home.   At one point, after nearing the breaking point, Sam finally escapes and leaves to live with her sister. Her sense of safety is shattered, however, when Kyle finds her. No matter where she goes, Kyle continually finds her, hurting her family and friends along the way.

At one point Sam enrolls in college and while trying to rebuild her life, she meets another man, Austin. Austin sticks by her side and proves to be an important person in Sam's life as she tries to find justice and hopes to finally put Kyle behind bars.

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The main character, Sam, goes through a major rebellion and leaves her mother's house. Learning the harsh reality of being on her own, Sam winds up living out of a truck. Running out of options, Sam becomes "roommates" with a guy she meets named Kyle. Kyle traps Sam, and she becomes a prisoner in her own home - suffering severe physical and emotional abuse.

When Sam finally breaks free of Kyle and escapes her physical prison, Sam worries and looks over her shoulder all the time, but as soon as she lets her guard down, Kyle reappears. Will Sam ever be let go from his grip?

"Shadows of the Past" by Sherry Moore portrays the crime of stalking, the affects stalking has on the victim, and the mind of the stalker.
The review of this Book prepared by Sarah V. Richard

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 30%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   escape/rescue from kidnappers General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   crazed lover/family member If story PRIMARILY about main chr. being hunted...    -   hunted by dangerous boy/girlfriend/spouse Is Romance a MAJOR (25%+) part of story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   student Age:    -   a teen Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Midwest Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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