Shadows in the Mind by Janyre Tromp ~ Book Review + Giveaway

April 26, 2022


About the Book 

Book: Shadows in the Mind
Author: Janyre Tromp
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Release Date: April 19, 2022

Charlotte Anne Mattas longs to turn back the clock. Before her husband, Sam, went to serve his country in the war, he was the man everyone could rely on--responsible, intelligent, and loving. But the person who's come back to their family farm is very different from the protector Annie remembers. Sam's experience in the Pacific theater has left him broken in ways no one can understand--but that everyone is learning to fear.

Tongues start wagging after Sam nearly kills his own brother. Now when he claims to have seen men on the mountain when no one else has seen them, Annie isn't the only one questioning his sanity and her safety. If there were criminals haunting the hills, there should be evidence beyond his claims. Is he really seeing what he says, or is his war-tortured mind conjuring ghosts?

Annie desperately wants to believe her husband. But between his irrational choices and his nightmares leaking into the daytime, she's terrified he's going mad. Can she trust God to heal Sam's mental wounds--or will sticking by him mean keeping her marriage at the cost of her own life?

My Thoughts

I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this book but I knew I had to read it. I follow the author on Instagram and she seems to have such a sweet humble spirit about her that when I learned she was writing a book I knew I needed to read it and I am so glad I did. It definitely was not what I was expecting though but it was so good. There are few authors that can write two genres and make it into one storyline and that is exactly what Janyre Tromp has done in this story. She combined suspense, psychological thriller and historical fiction all into one amazing package and to think this is just the beginning as this is her debut novel!!

The author has written characters that are believable and you feel their emotions jump out of the pages. When we meet Sam, right away you can tell that this soldier has suffered a lot mentally and physically while away in war. All he wants to do is return home and see his family, especially the baby girl he has not seen yet. For me, that scene was beautiful and so heartwarming despite all the things that are ensuing in the story. Although Anne at times kind of grated my nerves, she was struggling too. She was happy her husband was back but she knew he wasn't the same man anymore and has an inner struggle within herself of wanting to help him and feeling anger towards him. 

There is so much to this story I will not giveaway but I will say this. It is filled with emotion, love, it deals with the topic of PTSD, it has some twists and suspenseful parts that I was not expecting and it was truly a great debut novel. If you enjoy Hitchcokian type stories I highly recommend you give this one a try. I believe you will truly enjoy it! I can't wait to see what else this author comes up with in the future!

My Rating: 4 Stars/ Really Liked it!

I received a copy of this book through I Read With Audra. I was not required to post a positive review. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.



The prize pack includes:

- A copy of Shadows in the Mind's Eye,

A custom made silver peach tree necklace inspired by the book,

- A "Light speaks through the broken places" t-shirt also inspired by the book.

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About the Author

Janyre Tromp (pronounced Jan-ear) is a historical suspense novelist who loves spinning tales that, at their core, hunt for beauty, even when it isn’t pretty. She’s the author of Shadows in the Mind’s Eye and coauthor of It’s a Wonderful Christmas

A firm believer in the power of an entertaining story, Tromp is also a book editor and published children’s book author. She lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her husband, two kids, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. 

You can find her on Facebook (@JanyreTromp), Instagram (@JaynreTromp), Twitter (@JanyreTromp), and her website, where you can download a free copy of her novella, Wide Open

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