Shadow Child

Shadow Child

A haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II-era Japan, about three strong women, the dangerous ties of family and identity, and the long shadow our histories can cast. Twin sisters Hana and Kei grew up in a tiny Hawaiian town in the 1950s and 1960s, so close they shared the same nickname. Raised in dreamlike isolation by their loving A haunting and suspenseful literary tale set in 1970s New York City and World War II-era Japan, about three strong wo...

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Title:Shadow Child
Author:Rahna Reiko Rizzuto
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:1538711451
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:343 pages pages

Shadow Child Reviews

  • David
    May 22, 2018
    As Hanako Swanson returns to her New York City apartment building, she startles a man who does a double take upon seeing her. Her sparse rooms seem to have been torn apart, and lying bruised and unconscious in her bathtub is her estranged identical twin sister, Keiko. Rahna Reiko Rizzu...
  • Sara
    Jul 17, 2018
    Reading this book is a little like trying to pick through a small broiled fish with chopsticks and weeding out bones to find tiny morsels of fish. It's not an easy path, it's confusing at times, and at times you won't be sure there is something to find at all. Kudos to the author for p...
  • Eliece
    Jul 11, 2018
    This was a difficult book to read. Not only did the chapters skip around in time and settings, but I couldn't always be sure who was speaking or thinking, especially the twins. It did hold my interest, and the questions I had were mostly answered by the end of the book. It took me long...
  • Jill
    Jun 06, 2018
    ?Shadow Child? might have more accurately been named ?Shadow Plot.? One is never quite sure who the characters really are or even what really happens to them. The story is ostensibly about twin sisters, Hana and Kei, born in Hawaii. Their mother, Miya, is laughed at by the c...
  • Harvee
    Jun 17, 2018
    Shadow Child by Rahna Reiko Rizzuto was an engrossing read that held my interest all the way through. The story centers around identical twins, grandchildren of a couple who were incarcerated during WWII in Japanese camps in California, and children of a mother who lived during the tim...
  • Emily Green
    Jul 13, 2018
    I received Shadow Child through GoodReads FirstReads in exchange for a fair review. Rahna Reiko Rizzuto weaves the stories of Lillie and twin girls as a way to explain how one of the daughters, Keiko, has ended up in an inexplicable coma, while Hanako is helpless to revive her or help ...
  • Jean Benedict
    May 06, 2018
    This book was about twin sisters..It was a confusing story involving mental illness.The story went from the past and the future.Lillie the mother was in Japan when it was bombed.I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway ...
  • Kim McGee
    Mar 17, 2018
    Identical twins Hana and Kei share everything as children especially trying to deal with their mentally ill mom. After a horrible accident Hana runs from Hawaii to New York where she tries to start a new life. Her sister after years of not seeing each other, suddenly shows up for a vis...
  • Madeline Partner
    May 22, 2018
    3.5 stars.. EDIT 5/24 Shadow Child begins with a pair of estranged twins, one in Hawaii and one in New York City. Kei, who lives in Hawaii, journeys across the country to visit her sister, Hana, for an unknown reason, which fills Hana with dread. Yet when Hana gets home, ready to con...
  • Darren
    May 19, 2018
    I won this as a ARC as part of a good reads giveaway. I enjoyed reading it. It is my first book by this author. It had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. I hope to read more books by this author. ...
  •  wade
    Jul 08, 2018
    This novel primarily involves a Japanese American mother and her two daughters. Mom's early years were during World War 2 and her family suffers through internment camps and then moves to Japan at the time of the nuclear bomb blasts. After the war is over she has two daughters along w...
  • Jamie (jamiereadsbooks)
    May 21, 2018
    SHADOW CHILD is a dark and twisty story about family, identity, trauma, and inheritance. Part thriller, part family drama, part historical fiction, I was intrigued by the relationship between twin sisters, Kei and Hana, from the very beginning. Although the shifting narrarators made th...
  • Carson
    Jun 19, 2018
    Mixed feelings on this one; Structure: fractured. Style: Is Rizzuto trying for magic realism? Mood: Claustrophobic. I?m always interested in third-culture perspectives on the world, so it?s a shame that this is irritating me so much ...
  • Irene
    Feb 17, 2018
    This was a little interesting in the beginning but it became too convoluted, confusing and very depressing. It is much too wordy for me, like listening to someone who enjoys hearing themselves talk. Others may like it, but it's not for me. ...
  • Melinda
    May 30, 2018
    I received an ARC through Goodreads. --- This was an interesting read. The story is told through the perspectives of 4 different females and different time periods. There are twists and turns, making you question and wonder about the story you are being told. Kei and Hana are twi...
  • Chaya Nebel
    Jan 21, 2018
    This is the story of twin sisters, Hana and Kei, who have a complicated history and even more complicated present. It is also the story of their mother, Miya/ Lillie, whose disturbing and harrowing past never leaves her, hanging like a shadow over her life and the lives of her two youn...
  • Sassafras Lowrey
    May 27, 2018
    "I am still afraid...My fear hasn't protected me. It has eaten me alive, literally poisoning me, and the question is: How long did I refuse to notice?" - Rahna Reiko Rizzuto "Shadow Child" I don't as a rule enjoy books that focus heavily on mother/daughter relationships and had i kn...
  • Amina
    Jan 05, 2018
    Jan 1: this book sounds interesting, I'll try it Jan 2: so jealous my mom is in Hawaii right now Jan 3: email publisher to see if author could attend book club meeting Jan 4: WTH happened in that cave? Guess I'll have to stay up late to find out! Beautiful writing, lush storytell...
  • Jayne
    Feb 04, 2018
    Received this ARC from Westwinds Bookshop, Duxbury, MA Enjoyed reading about Lillie?s life, internment and abduction/resettlement in Japan. Life in Hawaii portrays a less than flattering picture, again, interesting for going against the ?tourist? grain. Relationship between the...
  • Jane
    Jan 15, 2018
    Thanks to Goodreads and Grand Central Publishing. Interesting book. There is the story of Lillian/Miya in the 1940s in Japan, then the twins Hana(ko) and Kei(ko) and their interesting lives in Hawaii where their mother Lillian tells them stories about Lillian who she calls Miya. End...
  • Luisa
    Jan 31, 2018
    I won a copy of this book on goodreads in exchange for an honest review. I am not sure what I thought abut this book. I never got a good understanding of what made these characters tick, which is a shame as there was so much more potential there. I liked the fact it told the story from...
  • Claire Kittridge
    Jun 04, 2018
    Shadow Child is a truly lovely work of literary fiction. A multi-generational tale that unfolds slowly and is told from alternating points of view, the writing is both sharp and lyrical; full of amazing images that really stick in my mind. An intense story of two sisters, their mother,...
  • Bookishfolk
    May 06, 2018
    I loved the premise of the book, and wanted to see how it ended...but I struggled with the relationships in the book a bit (struggled in terms of believability) and the ending seemed far fetched and for me, fell a bit flat. With that said, I love books that deal with twins and their re...
  • Ruth Youngberg
    May 25, 2018
    I really felt compelled to keep reading this book. I thought it was very well written and that the story was skillfully interwoven between the perspectives of the mother and the twins. The mystery of what happened in the cave kept the story moving forward and the ending did not disappo...
  • Sharon Velez Diodonet
    May 15, 2018
    What a beautiful story! This is what I would call a jewel. Hana and Kei, mixed twins, share a special bond. They are so close they pretend to be one person at times. Their mom, Miya is plagued by memories from Hiroshima and never shares her secret traumas with anyone, including her fat...
  • Jh1rn
    Jun 13, 2018
    3.5 stars, compelling, complex novel told from 4 different perspectives. One perspective is a Japanese American women during WWII. I have read many novels from WWII but not from the Japanese side. It spans 30 years switching from the Japanese American, her two twin daughters from child...
  • Lizz Donnelly
    Jul 17, 2018
    This is not a book to skim. This is a book to savor. Every bit of it is beautiful, even the parts that will make you cry. And reading about Lillie's experience in Hiroshima definitely made me cry. Shadow Child deftly weaves together three women's stories (although sometimes it can seem...
  • Tabby
    Apr 13, 2018
    Objectively, I feel the book deserves 4 stars, but gr ratings are supposed to be based on your enjoyment, which was a 1 or 2 for me. I?ve read other books featuring mental illness, the aftermath of atomic bombs, self harm, abuse. I don?t know why I felt so repulsed by this one,...
  • Jalyn Powell
    May 08, 2018
    Rahna Reiko Rizzuto has an exceptional ability to write lyrical, lucid narratives with complex and engrossing characters. Shadow Child is about two identical twin sisters - Hana and Kei - who grew up in Hawaii with a troubled, yet loving mother. One is the "good" twin and the other a "...
  • Fran Hawthorne
    Jun 26, 2018
    "Shadow Child" is a haunting, beautiful, and wonderfully plotted novel, from the very first page, when Hanako (a young, Japanese-American artist) barely shuts the door of her Manhattan apartment building on a would-be assailant. (Or does she?) Author Rahna Reiko Rizzuto manages to jugg...