Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
The haunting new thriller from Alex North, author of the New York Times bestseller The Whisper Man
You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile–always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet–and inspired more than one copycat.
Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree–and his victim–were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and suffering from dementia, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.
It’s not long before things start to go wrong. Paul learns that Detective Amanda Beck is investigating another copycat that has struck in the nearby town of Featherbank. His mother is distressed, insistent that there’…
About: The Shadows is a stand-alone mystery thriller and horror written by Alex North. It will be published on 7/7/2020 by Celadon Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, paperback 336 pages. The genres are mystery, thriller, horror, and fiction. Last year I was lucky to win and read the author’s debut called The Whisper Man. According to Celadon Books, it was “founded by publishing industry veterans Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishing, selects each title with thoughtful consideration in an effort to create a list that is at once classic, uncommon, and fosters discoverability of new voices.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Shadows on 3/18/2020 and finished it on 3/22/2020 at 3am. This book is an excellent read! I like Detective Beck’s attitude and her box of bad stuffs. Her feelings are realistic and relatable when it comes to something she’s afraid of and something she knew in her heart that there’s more. I like the title and the explanation given within the story. The idea of this book is interesting. I like the discussions of dreams and dream diary. I used to keep a diary of my dreams but nothing like this story. I also like following Paul’s view. I like how he’s not a follower in his teen years and able to distance himself from doing things he doesn’t like. I also like his adult thinking where he analyzes situations and takes action.
This book started with a prologue following a man, told in first person, recalling about himself 25 years ago when he was 15 and accused of a horrific bloody scene at the playground. Then the story begins, told in the third person point of view following Detective Amanda Beck as she visited her father at his grave. Her view is in the present. She received a call to a crime scene where a body of a teen boy was found and two other teen boys are in custody. She followed the trails that lead her to a similar crime committed from 25 years ago. The second view is Paul Adams, told in first person as he visited his mother at the hospice. It has been 25 years since he’s back to his hometown. Paul’s past friends were James, Billy, and Charlie, where Charlie led the group to do things that Paul didn’t like but had no control over it. This book is divided into 3 parts where every few chapters are told in the present and every few chapters are told of the past. The chapters with stories from before when Paul was younger also have his views of what he feels now. Now he feels he can’t escape his past.
The Shadows is very well written and developed. The read is addicting and creepy and I couldn’t put it down. I like the twists and didn’t see it coming. I like the ending to the 25 years ago story but I’m not sure I like the ending to the present story. I’m undecided just because this character doesn’t have any connection to Charlie. I like what’s written about a mother’s love and the regret for not reaching out until it’s too late. Sucks to be in Carl’s shoes. Overall, I still enjoyed the read and I recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: fast paced, page turner, friendship, dreams, family
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Alex North is the internationally bestselling author of The Whisper Man. He lives in Leeds, England, with his wife and son, and is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name. Twitter: @writer_north (Info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Couldn’t find a photo).