The Shadows

The Shadows The Haunting New Thriller From Alex North, Author Of The New York Times Bestseller The Whisper ManYou 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 Than One CopycatPaul 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 HomeIt 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 AgoIt Wasn T Just The MurderIt Was The Fact That Afterward, Charlie Crabtree Was Never Seen Again

Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son The Whisper Man was inspired by North s own little boy, who mentioned one day that he was playing with the boy in the floor Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name.

➠ [Epub] ➚ The Shadows  By Alex North ➪ – Stockbag.info
  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • The Shadows
  • Alex North
  • English
  • 01 June 2018
  • 9781250318039

10 thoughts on “The Shadows

  1. says:

    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 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 xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for details

  2. says:

    Dreams are a patchwork, stitched together for the things that happen to us in our waking lives. 25 years ago, two teenage boys participated in a horrendous ritualistic murder One of the boys was apprehended, but the other, Charlie Crabtree, disappeared without a trace leaving behind a phenomenon that lived on in the dark web Linked to the crime, Paul Adams left his hometown and never looked back He s forced to return home because of his ailing mother and is unsettled to discover that there is a copycat on the loose and his mother seems to know about the murders and Charlie s disappearance than she ever let on As he starts digging into the past, he finds himself questioning everything he thought he knew his friends, his family, even himself. Told via alternating timelines with the sinister background of The Shadows the town s deep, dark woods, this story unfolds through revelations, piece by piece, we work out alongside Paul The atmosphere is dark and haunting and begs us to question can you ever truly escape your past Alex North is a masterful writer His characters are so fully fleshed out, it s easy to lose yourself in them I really enjoyed Paul and how haunted he was by everything that took place that fateful year of his life It was easy to feel his sense of loss and regret and see how it affected his life My interest was very piqued by the concept of lucid dreams and how these boys were all so easily impressed upon by the sinister Charlie Crabtree Loved the twists and definitely didn t see them all coming I found myself looking back in shock at one splendid twist in particular I can t wait to see what Mr North writes next Thank you to Alex North and Celadon Books for sending me an early copy of this book to read an review.

  3. says:

    Review to be posted nearer to publication on 9th July

  4. says:

    I have been hesitant to write this review because this book wasn t at all what I expected from this author I loved The Whisper Man, everything about it, therefore I was highly anticipating reading The Shadows Unfortunately, for me, it fell short Here s why.There are two timelines, the present and 25 years previous Now this isn t usually a problem but you have to add to this the fact that during these timelines they are constantly discussing and referencing lucid dreams which was what the young teengers had been doing 25 years ago when everything went wrong It was Charlie Crabtree who had tried to convince 3 of his friends, James, Billy and Paul, that if they did what he said they would be able to be in the same dream together While in this lucid dream state they could also make certain things happen Paul didn t like where this was all going and in the end he had abandoned their friendship and been seeing Jenny, a bright, pretty young girl his age They were developing a very close relationship, until everything went wrong So you have two timelines and a very large cast of characters There are the characters from the past and also a new set of characters from some copycat murders that have occurred recently There is also Amanda, a police officer, and her partner who are trying to unravel all of the mysteries and find out what, if anything, they have to do with the present murders.There were so many characters that I found myself having to write down each group, one from the past and one from the present Often it was hard to tell whether I was reading fact, or a lucid dream that Paul was having now or in the past.It was very, very confusing and the story didn t flow well for me There were also lots of questions left unanswered which I won t get into because you have to read the book to understand what I m talking about.From the blurb you know this about Charlie 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 than one copycat Paul had not been back to his hometown since he left to go to college He never visited his mother and he has a lot of guilt about that He has come back now to visit her in the nursing facility because she is dying While there he is staying in his old home, sleeping in his old room and having all sorts of dreams, feelings that he is being watched, hearing sounds in the house, etc He has also discovered secrets in the attic which his mother has been hiding all of these years.Oh boy this book was confusing I have given it 3 stars for an idea which I thought was a good one but along the way the writing just didn t work It took me 3 days to read this because I found myself constantly looking back at what I had read before I will continue to follow Alex North s books because I think his ideas are wonderful and his writing is usually stellar I m sure that there are others who will love this book, it just didn t work for me.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through Edelweiss.This novel is set to publish on July 7, 2020.

  5. says:

    ARC received Thank you so much, Macmillan Original Just when I thought I couldn t love a cover than

  6. says:

    Most of this book was atmospheric as hell, creepy enough to keep me awake at night, and had the same kind of thrill you get when you think about looking into the mirror and saying Candyman 5 times over Or leaning over a high ledge You know what I mean Here, the crazy appeal is with lucid dreaming, the ability to be aware and in control of your own dreams I couldn t let it go The possibilities I wonder if I could NO, Emma, no.Anyway, things are not what they seem Something or someone is behind it all, linking crimes that happened 25 years apart As people start meeting brutal ends, the race is on to find out what really happened all those years ago and why it s happening again Believe me, it all builds up to a pretty bloody stunning revelation And then meh The finale kinda felt like someone papering over big cracks in the wall It worked ok, but I felt like I d been promised something better Perhaps it was because the first half was so ridiculously good Like if Stephen King could still write scary stuff good Plus, I just finished The Whisper Man, which was incredible and kept that hint of supernatural right until the last moment Whereas this was all too human This would have been fine except the motivations didn t ring true, which, considering I was willing to believe in ghosts for most of the book, shows you just how ridiculous they must have been Don t scare the living shit out of me for ages and then left field me, it doesn t work Even so, there s still so much to love here that it deserves 4 stars regardless.ARC via Netgalley

  7. says:

    A man returns home after a twenty five year absence to visit his ailing mother As a teenager, two of his friends savagely murdered another teen One of the murderers was never found setting off copy cat murders, dastardly dark web threads, and other menacing mayhem This tale is almost fatally frightening, disturbing, and unnerving.

  8. says:

    not going to lie, i m feeling PRETTY special for receiving an advance copy of this okay yes i haven t read The Whisper Man but still

  9. says:

    Give it to me Isn t this cover just amazing

  10. says:

    Warning You are about to enter the unpopular opinion zoneif you can t handle it, you might want to leave Okay guys, I wanted to love it sooo much I really didbutit was just okay The Whisper Man rocked my socks last year I couldn t wait to get ahold of this book I figured I would be sleeping with the lights on for a week, at least Hence, no Charlie Crabtree is one disturbed dude, so were most of the kids in this town apparently Remind me not to visit Gritten anytime soon, even in my dreams Not only did Charlie murder someone and get away with it he changed life as they know it in this small town I was completely hooked when we started talking lucid dreams, I mean who wouldn t be The concept was totally fascinating I thought the premise behind this was very unique and creeptastic What I couldn t wrap my head around, is that it got very confusing There were multiple people in reality and dreams and often I couldn t keep track without writing it down I almost felt like I needed a dream journal myself.While I did enjoy it and there were some creepy moments, I didn t feel the tension and jaw dropping amazement as I did with the first book The ending seemed a bit rushed and left me going hmm okay Yet, there are fantastic reviews out there and people loved it Hopefully you are on that side of the fence I can t thank Macmillan Books enough for sending me a copy of this ARC for an honest review I am really looking forward to what Alex North dreams up next As this was not my favorite by him it doesn t change the fact that he is on my must read list

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