From The Shadows: an odd couple that isn’t really odd at all

From the Shadows by Neil Mitchell book review

What is this about?: Dan Grant inherits a case from a colleague, with a client that everyone is convinced is guilty. Along with investigator Jayne, he begins to investigate exactly how he ended up with the case, unravelling a complicated plot as a result.

What else is this about?: Some excellent characterisation of Dan and Jayne lets readers find out about their history together and on their own — which as it’s the first in the series is a good spot to start, to say the least!

Stars: 3.5/5


He hides in the shadows, watching, waiting, until the time is right . . . 

Mary Kendricks, a smart, pretty, twenty-four-year-old teacher, has been brutally murdered and Robert Carter is accused of killing her.

When defence lawyer, Dan Grant inherits Carter’s case only weeks before the trial starts, everyone expects him just to babysit it, but Dan’s not that kind of lawyer. He’ll follow the evidence – wherever it takes him.

But as Dan and his investigator Jayne Brett look into the case, they discover that there is more to it than meets the eye. In order to do their jobs they need to push the limits of the system, even if it means putting themselves in danger.

Together they will get to the truth – whatever the cost . . .

Dan is a good lawyer and by that I mean not jaded... yet. He believes in the law, in what it offers people and he’s determined to do right by every client — even if he happens to inherit one from a colleague, with two weeks to go until the trial.

But, Dan does his due diligence and sets his investigator Jayne on the case. She is a former domestic violence client of his, once accused of killing her husband — in self defence. Now, she finds herself working with Dan on his cases, but always with an way out ready. 

I am busting to know how Jayne evolved into a PI after learning of her history, not to mention their history.

Jayne and Dan

Jayne is still putting herself back together after her experience with her abusive husband, and while she has a long way to go, she’s realised she might want to try doing that with Dan. Dan is oblivious by all (her) accounts. Their relationship, through the book, seems to be on the cusp of something more, like it’s just there, on the edge, with the slightest push needed.

That said, there’s no rush at all. I am curious to see how White handles their characters as lawyer and PI as the series continues. And I am enjoying the idea of Jayne as the PI, the one Dan sends into potentially dangerous situations — sounds like it has potential, yes?

Robert Carter’s case

Robert Carter stands accused of murdering a well-liked teacher, and Dan and Jayne find him determined not to help himselfBut that’s not the only issue — his former lawyer is hiding something, and won’t share either, insisting it has nothing to do with the case. This of course piques Dan and Jayne’s interest immensely to say the least.

From there, their case surges ahead, with Jayne investigating Robert and the victim. But what I enjoyed was that this case, in White’s hands, is deceptive, with the author revealing the juicy bits and pieces as the story continues. 

It takes some time to understand Robert Carter, with insight into his character coming late in the story. But by no means is he just there to be their client, and that makes the book all the better.

From the Shadows is a deceptive, quietly thrilling book, with less to do in the courtroom than you might think. I think I am more than ready for the further adventures of Dan, the lawyer, and Jayne the PI. 


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