The Shadows by Alex North | Review

The Shadows| Alex North| Celadon BooksPub: July 7, 2020| Pages: 336

I really wanted to love this book, but I was left disappointed.

I ended up listening to the audiobook version of this book, and I do admit the production was pretty good! The narration mixed with the suspenseful music they included really made this book feel creepy.

However, the plot of the story felt underwhelming. Maybe it’s because I was not interested in the lucid dreaming aspect of this book. I’m also not a huge supernatural, paranormal fan so that could also be why I didn’t enjoy this plotline.

Also, maybe it’s due to the audiobook version, but I found myself confused by the dual timeline and the many characters.

I was also disappointed at the ending; it was very rushed and I still had questions left to be answered.

I do really want to read The Whisper Man, so I’m definitely willing to read other books from this author. This one just wasn’t for me.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing me with the audiobook ARC via NetGalley. As usual, my reviews are my honest and unbiased opinions.


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...


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