Shadows from the Past by Lisa Marie Davis

Title: Shadows from the Past
Author: Lisa Marie Davis
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
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Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Suspense
Length: Novel (156 pages)
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

A guest review by Lily

Review Summary

Can the son of a serial killer and the cop who loves him stop a murderer hell bent on revenge before they themselves are the next victims?


Chase Churchill has made a new life for himself, hiding from his family’s dark secrets under the pseudonym of a graphic novelist, but his past and the terrifying possibilities of the future still haunt him. His father is an insane serial killer, and Chase dreads the day his father’s personality will manifest itself in him.

Desperate to atone but knowing it’s impossible, Chase has kept everyone in his life at arm’s length, including Kayne Kennedy, the police officer he loves. But now the murders have started again, targeting people in Chase’s life to make him pay for abandoning his family. Chase may have no choice but to sacrifice everything—even his own life—to keep Kayne and everyone else safe from the crazed plans of a madman.


Chase Churchill feels nothing but relief when he hears his father is dead. Years earlier he had left home to distance himself from the atrocities his father, a convicted serial killer, had perpetrated. Now living in New York, he has built a new life for himself as a published author of graphic novels under the name C.A. Hill. But things start to unravel for Chase after a disturbing phone call from his younger brother Joel. Suddenly the few people he has become close to are in danger and Chase has no choice but to accept the help of policeman Kayne Kennedy, his former lover.

As Chase and Kayne try to deal with the danger from an unhinged person bent on revenge the men also deal with the love and desire neither has been able to forget. As the danger grows Chase realizes he must do whatever it takes to protect Kayne from a crazy killer even if it means putting his own life on the line.

Shadows from the Past starts off strong with the revelation of Chase’s family history but when the identity of the person targeting him and those close to him is revealed early on it leaves the rest of the story a bit flat. There is still the suspense of who will be next on the list of victims and how and when the killer will be stopped but I missed the mystery element. The story is told in both Chase and the killer’s POV which was interesting in a way but after the first couple of times I could have done without being in the killer’s mind.

Chase and Kayne are both well drawn and likable men and their relationship is interesting if a bit sugary at times. Kayne spends a good portion of the story trying to convince Chase that he loves him and that it’s okay for Chase to love him back so there are a lot of I love you’s said by Kayne during the book. A lot. Although it does take until the end for Chase to admit out loud his love for Kayne their chemistry is strong throughout and their sex scenes are well written and hot.

Overall this was a good story but it does contain elements of violence throughout which may not be for everyone. Solid writing and interesting characters kept me engaged and the book will no doubt appeal to fans of the author and those looking for a suspenseful plot along with their M/M romance.



  • I sorta liked this one. A few things pulled me out of it, though: the scene with the shrink, how Chase sorta suddenly is okay with Kayne loving him and reciprocating, and the so easily telegraphed TSTL moment that cues the climax and resolution. Oddly, what didn’t bother me was knowing who the killer was. Wonder why?

  • Hey Lily
    Nice review. Like you, I could have done without the revelation of the killer partway through the book but it seems to be a good read regardless. I think I’ll have a go at this one, even though some of the story is viewed through the killer’s mind. I have one of those to review and I’ve been putting it off. Thanks very much for this.

  • Great review, Lily! I haven’t read this yet, but I think you make a convincing case for the fact that it would have been stronger with the additional plot thread of the killer’s identity being a mystery.

    Still, what a great idea! What do the families of serial killers go through? It reminds me a little of Dark Rivers of the Heart by Dean Koontz, which also explored that idea.

  • Nice review, Lily! I loved this book, despite its faults, but every once in a while a good angsty book to curl up with is good for the soul! 😉

    The violence in the end was a bit eep, but then I’ve been watching Criminal Minds, so I lived 😛

    thanks for the review 🙂

    • I did enjoy the book I just think I would have enjoyed it more if the identity of the killer was a mystery.

      I love Criminal Minds too! 🙂


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