Book Review: Watch the Shadows by Robin Winter

Robin WinterTitle: Watch the Shadows
Author: Robin Winter
Publisher: White Whisker Books 
Publication Date: April 20, 2015
Category: Suspense/Thriller/Horror
Available in: Print & ebook, 176 Pages


In the college town of Isla Vista, California, small, odd things start happening. Science-geek Nicole notes the crows are leaving.  Meg Burdigal can’t find her tabby cat, Schrand. Brian the postman feels uneasy at the rustlings, the shadows he’s seen at the edge of his vision on his delivery route in town. Now Nicole sees fewer and fewer homeless in the park. Using her knowledge of biology and forensics, Nicole searches for answers—but will anyone take the horror she finds seriously?

In this unusual thriller, Watch the Shadows, author Robin Winter explores where the ordinary slams against the extraordinary.


My Review

I received an Advance Reading Copy of this book for an honest review.

Watch the Shadows is a really different kind of horror story. I like different so I liked the premise of this book. 

It was difficult for me to get into the story at times. The first couple chapters didn’t flow well and were hard to follow but it got easier after that for the most part. This was a pretty quick read and I wasn’t able to put the book down toward the end. I loved the last line of the book!

There were quite a few characters but it was easy to keep them separate, which isn’t always easy for me to do. They were well described but I didn’t really connect with any one person. 

I recommend Watch the Shadows to anyone who is looking for a unique horror/thriller story. 

Praise for Night Must Wait

“’Night Must Wait’ is a knockout. Robin Winter really delivers the goods with her twisting tale.”-Norb Vonnegut, author of The Trust

“The world Robin Winter takes us to in ‘Night Must Wait’ is not the fantasy of Dorothy and Toto, no longer in Kansas; it is the scary, all too-real Africa.”-Shelly Lowenkopf, author of The Fiction Writers’ Handbook

“Readers never know when they pick up a novel if the story will become so compelling that they are taken away to that magical place where one finds oneself inside the world of the book’s characters, conscious of little else. ‘Night Must Wait’ did this for me. I read, forgot that I existed.”Gina Rose St John, Amazon Reviewer

“Robin’s way around a sentence is nothing short of gorgeous. The beauty of her prose only highlights the tragedies of war and betrayal. In an era when women were still relegated to wife or teacher, Robin’s characters want, and get, more in ways both shocking and violent. I might not want to go to war torn Africa, but I do want to go on more adventures with Robin.”Kathleen O’Donnell, Amazon Reviewer

Praise for Future Past

“Robin Winter’s ‘Future Past’ is an original, meticulously crafted science fiction tale that blends the fantasy of Pinocchio and the hero’s journey with elements of time travel, redemption, and a post apocalyptic world that brings readers to a satisfying, yet unexpected conclusion.”Matthew J. Pallamary

“Truly imaginative, unique, and gripping — I really really liked it! Robin Winter has a gift for inventing a world we’d be interested in saving, characters we’d be enriched to meet, and ideas about the human condition we’d be wise to ponder.”John Foran

“Winter shows the strength and versatility of her writer’s voice in ‘Future Past’. Published shortly after her debut novel Night Must Wait, in which the setting offers a strong sense of place as a separate character, the science fiction themes of ‘Future Past’ haunts the reader long after the book is finished. Her first person approach with Ash gives chilling insight into a man-made world with apocalyptic consequences. Winter’s prose is crisp and her pacing sharp, giving fans a science fiction a thrill that is worth the spooky ride.”Gretel Russell

About the AuthorRobin Winter

Robin Winter first wrote and illustrated a manuscript on “Chickens and their Diseases” in second grade, continuing to both write and draw, ever since. Born in Nebraska, she’s lived in a variety of places: Nigeria, New Hampshire, upper New York state and now, California. She pursues a career in oil painting under the name of Robin Gowen, specializing in landscape. Her work can be viewed at Sullivan Goss Gallery in Santa Barbara or on-line at

Robin is married to a paleobotanist, who corrects the science in both her paintings and her stories. She’s published science fiction short stories, a dystopian science fiction novel, Future Past, and Night Must Wait, a historical novel about the Nigerian Civil War.

You may contact Robin or read her blog at:, or on her website:


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5 thoughts on “Book Review: Watch the Shadows by Robin Winter

  1. teddyrose1 March 17, 2015 / 2:23 pm

    Thanks for taking part in the tour. I’m glad you liked the book.


    • sleepygirl2 March 17, 2015 / 2:25 pm

      You’re welcome. It was different, which I like.


      • robinwinter April 9, 2015 / 7:56 pm

        Thank you for your review and taking part in my book’s blog tour– I deeply appreciate it!


      • sleepygirl2 April 9, 2015 / 8:00 pm

        You’re welcome. I liked it!


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