The Shadows

A Novel

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Pub Date 07 Jul 2020 | Archive Date 27 Aug 2020


"This is absorbing, headlong reading, a play on classic horror with an inventiveness of its own... As with all the best illusions, you are left feeling not tricked, but full of wonder."
The New York Times

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's something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.

It wasn't just the murder.

It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again...

"This is absorbing, headlong reading, a play on classic horror with an inventiveness of its own... As with all the best illusions, you are left feeling not tricked, but full of wonder."
The New York...

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This was AS GOOD, if not BETTER, than North's debut Whisper Man. It was spine-chilling, bone tingly, and suspenseful. There were twists, turns, and thrills. Just like the debut. I enjoyed reading about the storyline just as much as the characters. I very much thought this was a welldone psychological thriller that will be very easy to handsell. This was an amazing sophomore novel and I will be highly anticipating the next one!

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Alex North has done it again! I loved "The Whisper Man" a lot, and he comes through again in "The Shadows". Set in two different time lines, encompassing 25 years - this thriller revisits Paul's story about his English childhood and an old murder, and the concept of "lucid dreaming", which I found fascinating. It's a gripping read, and it's alternating timeline really works. It kept me up way past bedtime! Highly recommend! I received a free e-book from Net-galley and the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.

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Many thanks to Celadon Books and NetGalley for the ebook! This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I enjoyed following Paul’s journey as he returned home to see his dying mother. Things became really creepy after his return to Gritten. I was very surprised by a twist in the story that I didn’t see coming. I really enjoyed the book and will definitely add it to our collection.

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I love a good scary thriller and Alex North has not let me down yet. I was up late shivering with this one. If you liked Whispering Man, you MUST read this one!

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I loved The Shadows by Alex North, It grabs you from the beginning and pulls you into the story. The author brings you one way and then delivers a twist which makes you pause for just a moment to assess what you know and then delivers a chilling conclusion to the events. Highly recommending.

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