I’d been reading so many romances and general fiction that I needed a good thriller break! Ever since reading The Whisper Man last year, I’d been so excited to read Alex North’s newest work! Check out my review below and let me know your thoughts in the comments!
𝘛𝘪𝘵𝘭𝘦: The Shadows
𝘈𝘶𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘳: Alex North
𝘎𝘦𝘯𝘳𝘦: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 #: 56/75
𝙎𝙮𝙣𝙤𝙥𝙨𝙞𝙨 (𝙛𝙧𝙤𝙢 𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙍𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨, 𝙖𝙗𝙗𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙖𝙩𝙚𝙙): 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 senile, 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. Reading the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. 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…
𝙂𝙤𝙤𝙙𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙙𝙨 𝙇𝙞𝙣𝙠: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48842144-the-shadows
This book had a LOT to live up to after The Whisper Man, and while I liked it, it did fall a little short. I really enjoyed the seemingly supernatural plot and all the twists and turns it took to get to the ending, but I felt like the ending was rushed and I didn’t feel like I really got answers. North does an incredible job at writing about some REALLY messed up plotlines.
I really liked the utilization of Amanda as a character. It was cool to see her side of the case and how this third party, unbiased source felt about Charlie Crabtree and everything that happened and was now continuing to happen. I liked how her and Paul kept circling around each other and eventually came together in the end.
Without giving spoilers, I LOVED Jenny and how her story evolved. I thought it was an awesome addition to Paul’s life story and how he handled everything going on. I didn’t guess her big twist at all, but it was a nice surprise.
I definitely did NOT guess who the murderer was, so kudos to North for having me going in circles the entire time, only to come out of left field at the end – even though looking back, it was definitely hinted at. Incredible.
Having two timelines and a TON of characters added to some of my confusion with the plotlines. I felt like too much was going on and not enough got wrapped up at the end. The concept of lucid dreams was SO interesting and cool, but I didn’t feel the tension and suspension I felt in The Whisper Man – and I REALLY wanted to feel it. I ended this book wanting to know more, but not in the good way – so much was left open that should have been wrapped up.