The Shadows by Alex North – A Review

I have seen this book all over social media so when I got a chance to request it through Facebook I did. I didn’t expect to be sent a copy and I’m so thankful to Celadon Books for the chance to read this masterpiece because frankly that’s what this one is. The Shadows by Alex North is a thriller with all the best twists.

For this review I’d like to try something a little different and that is give both the spoiler free and the spoiler review in the same post. Have no fear the spoiler section will be hidden clearly marked but there are just some parts of this book that need to be said out loud for me to truly express my love for it.

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The Shadows by Alex North
Genre: Horror/Thriller
Publisher: Celadon Books
Release Date: July 7th 2020

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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I received this book in exchange for a honest review

The tone of dark right from the first page and one of the things that I really enjoyed as that there wasn’t a moment to really think about anything. The flow of the story was perfect because it took you exactly in the direction that you needed to go to draw the conclusions that it wanted you to draw.

The story follows two main characters, one being Paul and the other being a detective trying to piece everything together. Paul’s chapters were in first person while the detective’s were in third. I don’t always like this because it can be jarring but for this book I didn’t have any trouble with it.

There is some chapters in the past, some in the present. They are set up so that when you go into a chapter of the past it makes sense. You got the backstory in parts and you got to see Paul in his present having lived through the experiences that we get to learn over the course of the book.

There isn’t anything that I can say that is wrong with this book. Honestly, it was a superb novel and Alex North knows exactly out to invoke all the right emotions. I laughed, I cried, I gasped in shock…It was a roller coaster that I would highly recommend everyone take.

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I just have a couple of specific things that I want to get out there. The twists in this BOOOK. First of all you spend a good portion thinking that all that had happened to Paul in the past was over the murder of one person only to find out it’s a complete different person. And that other person he’s actually been dreaming about. Because the use of vivid dreaming is super big in this book. So it comes out of nowhere. And it’s just kind of heart-wrenching because you want Paul to be happy but then you find out what you find out and it’s like wow.

Then you find out the main protagonist was murdered as well but the who that killed him is really the shocking part and then the what happens after is another shocking part.

And of course who is currently murdering, violently, other people that were involved in the event that happened in Paul’s past is also a surprise which I wasn’t expecting.

I didn’t get overly spoilery because I think somethings should be read out but I did talk about some plot points so definitely don’t click on the spoiler bit unless you aren’t worried about being spoiled.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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