The Shadows

The Shadows

eBook - 2020
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"If you liked The Whisper Man , you'll love this. Alex North has crafted a second novel which is just as gripping as his first and even scarier. Hugely atmospheric and deliciously creepy, it's about how the past encroaches on the present, and how dreaming influences reality, until in the frightening world of The Shadows , it becomes harder and harder to tell one from the other... and the nightmare takes over." ? Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient 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 suffereing 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...
Publisher: [S.I.] : Celadon Books, 2020
ISBN: 9781250318022
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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debwalker Jul 21, 2020

Fantastically creepy summer read.
Good Reads interviews Alex North: "Twenty-five years ago, two teenage outsiders murdered a schoolmate. They had developed a fantasy world around lucid dreaming, and believed a sacrifice to the mysterious figure they both saw in their dreams would allow them to escape the real world forever. And after the killing, one of the boys disappeared and was never seen again. In the present day, Paul Adams—who knew the killers and their victim—returns to his hometown for the first time in years. Paul thinks the past is over and done with, but the nightmare is about to begin again."

Jun 04, 2020

The Shadows' main character is Paul Adams who returns to his home of Gritten Wood after an absence of 25 years because his mother is in hospice, near her end. Paul left because of the horrifying murder of one of his friends by very disturbed teenagers, Charlie Crabtree and Billy Roberts. Billy confesses and is convicted, but Charlie, the instigator, disappears, never to be seen again. There are rumors that Charlie is hiding in The Shadows, the dark, sinister woods surrounding the town. There have been copycat murders over the years which fuel the idea that Charlie is still out there.
This book is told through Paul's point of view but also that of Detective Amanda Beck who is investigating one of the copycat murders.
The Shadows is an absolutely compelling read with multiple twists, turns and revelations. It is chilling, spooky, creepy and terrifying and impossible to put down.

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