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ARC Review: The Shadows by Alex North

Summary from Goodreads:

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…

Release Date: July 7th


I was lucky to get an early copy of The Shadows, the highly anticipated upcoming July thriller through the website Bookishfirst. I used my points to claim a copy the second it became available and it was worth it!

I read The Whisper Man last year and it was an okay read for me. It did not blow me away and I struggled to stay interested in it. However, this sophomore novel from Alex North, The Shadows, has become my favorite 2020 novel so far! (it was The Grace Year since January).

I found North’s writing style, the two points of view (Paul Adams, and Detective Amanda Beck) and the plot easy to connect with. The characters were crafted well and likable. The atmosphere that North created was well-done and it felt like I was stepping into another world.

I enjoyed a lot of aspects of this novel but the best one was the twists/reveals that North came up with. I did not see the main reveal or the other small ones coming at all. I love it when a book can shock me (and make me want to fling the book across the room) and The Shadows did just that.

I was able to fly through this well-written thriller and loved the feeling of suspenseful North was able to create. He is quickly becoming one of my must-read thriller authors.

I recommend reading this thriller if you have an early copy or getting your hands on it when it releases in July!


5 Stars Out of 5 Stars


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