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  • Ending fizzles

    Very promising start, with a really interesting premise. But after a lot of build up there is an unsatisying reveal and a fizzle of an ending. Not as exciting as whisper man but a good standalone plot

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  • Shadowy

    A very good book filled with an underlying current of unease. The author does a great job of making the unbelievable believable. I didn’t see the twists coming and, to me, that’s the best thing about a book.

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  • Dark, twisty and terrifying

    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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  • Ghost Story

    Ghost stories should be sad. That's what Jenny told him when they were 15 and aspiring writers. Ghost stories should also be creepy. And frightening, And horrifying. And they should stick with you long after you read them. Haunt you. Is this a ghost story, then? Maybe. Though I was given only the preview, Book of the Month provided the opportunity for the whole thing, so this review started with a few chapters and expanded as I devoured the entire book in a day. I should have known that would happen. It happened with The Whisper Man. I don't know who Alex North was in his previous writing life, but I would love to find out and expand to reading those works, too. I do know he is heavily influenced by Stephen King. The Easter Eggs throughout are a King fan gift. Put them in a little box in your head. The Shadows are a thick wooded area that runs behind all of the homes of our main characters. I had the perfect spot staring at the side of my yard, here in my home in a National Forest, where my trees are the most thick and overgrown. While I read I could hear all kinds of creatures moving around in that thicket, trying to guess by the noise how big each was....this was the perfect place to read this story. And I read until I didn't have enough light to continue. So, my nightmares may have only been half the fault of the author. Perhaps it is natural to have nightmares about a story about trying to enter the dreams of others. Because that is what Charlie Crabtree told the others they could do. Lucid dreaming became a cult among four boys until Paul decides he's had enough. He leaves behind his best friend and someone ends up dead. 15 years later he still feels that guilt when he returns to his hometown of Gritten as his mother is dying. At the same time, he learns that the internet has awoken people trying to replicate what Charlie did all those years ago. Copycats hoping to achieve the dream. Literally, the dream. Because Charlie said that if they made a sacrifice, they could live in the dream world. And Charlie was never seen again. Paul's mother is not happy to see him back. She is old, injured, and dying. She is confused. But she keeps repeating that he should not be here. It was dangerous for him. She insists that something dangerous is in her house. Paul has to face his past. He ran away 20 years ago and never returned, but his life has gone nowhere and now it is time for him to close the past to open his future. The Shadows brought us back Detective Beck from The Whisper Man. Herself still haunted by her own past, she is open to Paul's story and finding out what had happened so long ago so she can understand the crime that had just occurred in her own town. It's not really a sequel. Once again, it's more like a King story in which one character comes up again in a new story in a new place. Childhood sins come back to haunt adults and they must face their past. It's a common theme in both books and the most obvious nod to King in both books. Well, maybe the actual discussions about King are the most obvious. I hope to see Amanda Beck again. I hope that Alex North continues to write these haunting tales. Because it was sad. It was creepy. It was frightening and horrifying. It was a ghost story. Ghosts from our past or ghosts of the dead? Maybe.

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  • The Shadows is another winner!

    I really loved The Whisper Man and this next book by Alex North does not disappoint! I think it is cool that the books are linked as well. It was a nice nod to the first book to have the Detective Amanda from Featherbank. Most of the book takes place in Gritten and the story is split into before and after. The before is when Paul is a kid and friends with James, Charlie, and Billy. They are trying the succeed in lucid dreaming and connecting with each other in dreams. It is fascinating and that part (since it is quite detailed) has actually inspired me to start my own dream journal. They grow apart though, especially when there is a murder in Gritten and Billy and Charlie are guilty. Charlie however disappears and is never seen again. The after part is 25 years later and there are copycat murders happening. Could it be Charlie, or something else? I don't want to give any spoilers, but it is a good story and has many twists to keep things interesting. I highly recommend it!

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