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The Shadows Read ô 102 ¶ 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 theYou 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 inspi. “Red hands red hands red hands everywhere”35 starsThe Shadows is a psychological thriller about lucid dreams that end in murder 25 years ago a group of teenage boys participated in a ritualistic murder One murderer was apprehended the other Charlie Crabtree disappeared without a trace Linked to the crime Paul Adams left his hometown without looking back Forced to return home to visit his dying mother it appears a copycat is on the loose Paul comes to realize his mother has secrets that link her Charlie Crabtree As he starts digging into the past Paul's mental state slowly unravels leading one to uestion his sanityThe narrative alternates between Paul’s past and present Also thrown in are some chapters from Detective Amanda Beck's who appeared in The Whisper Man POV While there are some interesting elements at play especially those involving lucid dreaming it took some time for The Shadows to spark my interest Paul feeds the reader bits of information slowly He sets the tone and the pacing of the narrative which is slow melancholy and tense Ghosts lucid dreams and shadowy figures play a role However the creep factor is minimal at best Paul is an interesting unreliable narrator who constantly had me uestioning events from his POV Amanda doesn’t play a huge role but I do think she might show up again in a future North book The Shadows isn’t The Whisper Man and I wasn’t expecting it to be Several moments caught me off guard and I was way off about the present day murderer Charlie Crabtree's character is intriguing but the reader only sees glimpses of him through Paul’s eyes I would have liked to see a lot of Charlie In the end some elements of the plot were never fully developed or resolved and I was left asking uestions and feeling underwhelmed At the same time some aspects and characters were intriguing and I find the idea of lucid dreaming to be fascinating The pace is slow but the tale is certainly interesting I received a free copy of The Shadows by Alex North from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review

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S 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 againThe haunting new thriller from Alex North author of the New York Times bestseller The Whisper Man. 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 uniue 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 myselfWhile 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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The ShadowsRed 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 Hi. When Paul Adams was a teenager a classmate of his was brutally murdered Due to Paul's closeness with the deceased he was immediately suspected accused and arrested of the horrific crimeHis mother who knew her son was innocent fought like a dog for his freedom The police finally come to agree with her Paul was innocent so who brutally killed that poor childTwo of Paul's one time friends Billy and Charlie Crabtree were then accused Billy went to prison and Charlie subseuently disappeared into the local woods known as The Shadows never to be seen or heard from againHaving suffered enough in the public spotlight of his village Paul moves away as soon as he can leaving his mother behind He doesn't return for 25 yearsHe only returns after receiving word that his mother who is in poor health and suffering from dementia has taken a fall and is now being kept in a nursing facilityAs you can imagine coming back to the village he fled so many years before stirs up a lot of memories and emotions Making matters worse a copycat crime has been committed bringing the brutal violence of the past to a whole new generationAs with The Whisper Man I really enjoyed North's writing and the way he chose to format the storyWe follow a couple different perspectives as well as past and present timelines I just feel like he makes such clever choices with his storytelling and I'm down for itThere were definitely moments I didn't see coming as well as some solid red herringsI wasn't crazy about the conclusion to some of the mysteries held within the story but that is purely personal preference It is no way a reflection on the skill of the writing or the book itself There were just a couple of things I personally wish would have wrapped up differentlyOverall this is a fun creepy read I love the is it paranormal is it not paranormal feel that North brings to his work That's how I live my life and I love itThank you so much to the publisher Celadon Books for providing me with a copy to read and review It was one of my most anticipated books of the year and it did not disappoint