Review & Giveaway: Shadows in the Mind’s Eye by Janyre Tromp

This novel was an intense and completely captivating experience! The dialect and points of view from both Sam and Annie’s perspectives made it really come alive for me. My heart hurt for these two who so obviously still very much loved each other, yet there was an element of fear and mistrust from Annie toward Sam as certain things happened upon his return. Annie felt guilty for her fear, but didn’t understand how to overcome it and wasn’t sure how she and Sam would get past it.

Their daughter, Rosie, was precious and there were several side characters who were intriguing and very important in Sam and Annie’s lives. At one point in the middle of the book, I felt so concerned for Sam and angry on his behalf as well. Whether he was really seeing people on his land or whether his mind was tricking him, at that point I felt as if it was him against everyone. Yet, I kept reading and was rewarded with a very exciting and interesting second half of the novel. It really kept me turning the pages.

This was a fascinating time and setting to read about. I ended up really enjoying this book, which was like nothing I have ever read before.

(4.5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


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?

Debut novelist Janyre Tromp delivers a deliciously eerie, Hitchcockian story filled with love and suspense. Readers of psychological thrillers and historical fiction by Jaime Jo Wright and Sarah Sundin will add Tromp to their favorite authors list.



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.



Janyre Tromp is a historical novelist whose 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.

She’s also a book editor, published children’s book author, and lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan with her family, two crazy cats, and a slightly eccentric Shetland Sheepdog. And if you ever meet in person, you pronounce that first name Jan-ear.

You can find her on InstagramTwitterFacebook, and her website, (where you can grab a free copy of her novella Wide Open).

About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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10 Responses to Review & Giveaway: Shadows in the Mind’s Eye by Janyre Tromp

  1. Audrey Stewart says:

    Janyre Tromp is a new author to me and I look forward to reading her books.

  2. Kim says:

    I’ve been hearing so much about this story and how unique it is! Definitely gonna read this one!

  3. rsbrandt44 says:

    I like the complication that someone’s account of events can’t necessarily be relied upon.

  4. Sonnetta Jones says:

    Stories like this reminds people of what these men and women see and how it imapcts not only their lives but others.
    You cannot go through something luke this and remain the same

  5. janyret says:

    Thank you so much for the review, Brittany!

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