AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Shadows: A Novel by Alex North

Release Date: July 7, 2020
Publisher: MacMillian Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 9 hours 5 minutes
Narrator: Hannah Arterton & John Hefferman
Genre: Mystery/Thriller
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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 suffering from dementia, 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. Paul learns that Detective Amanda Beck is investigating another copycat that has struck in the nearby town of Featherbank. 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...  


This has to be one of the creepiest books I've read in a while.  Paul returns to his small home town to his dying mother only to find red handprints in the attic and articles on murders that are copycats of what happened in his town when he was a teenager.  Detective Amanda Beck is investigating the most recent copy cat and all roads are leading to some one who has been missing since the first murder.

When Paul was a teen a group of misfit boys followed the lead of Charlie Crabtree in learning more about lucid dreaming and how they could use it to avenge themselves from bullies.  But what starts out as a game for some starts to take a sinister twist.  The narration on this book was excellent and really took me into the story.  The writing had just the right amount of tension and creep factor. 

Disclaimer: I received this book through from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.