Book Review - The Shadow Constant by A. J. Scudiere
The Shadow Constant by A. J. Scudiere was one of those novels I got wrapped up in quickly and had a hard time putting down. Besides the fact that the story line and premise was interesting, I also found her treatment of the main character's Asperger's syndrome very well done.
Set in a old plantation home, a group of people are restoring it for a museum attraction. Evan, his fiancee Reenie, his sister Kayla (who has Asperger's), and her caretaker/friend Ivy are working on a shoestring budget to make Hazleton House look as authentic as possible. While ripping out a wall, they stumble on a packet of letters from the former owners that seem to tie the estate back to Eli Whitney. Even more important, they find a blueprint for a device that doesn't seem to make any sense... at least until Kayla starts to obsess over it and figures out what it actually is. Unfortunately, there are others who also have an idea as to what the device is and what it would mean if it were ever built. Kayla and her crew find themselves up against some powerful and unknown forces that will do whatever is necessary to stop them dead in their tracks.
The premise and story line of The Shadow Constant was quite good. I've always been fascinated with stories about hidden treasures and stashes, as I wonder what things are just sitting around waiting to be discovered. In this case, since it ties back to a historical figure and inventor, it makes it even better.
The other element that made the story stand out is how Scudiere uses Kayla's Asperger's as a crucial element of the action. She explains Kayla's thought process and the struggles she has trying to fit in when it comes to social interactions. I thought it was a realistic portrayal of a person with that condition within the flow of the story.
The Shadow Constant is an entertaining read, and one I'd recommend for a few hours of enjoyment and escape.
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