The haunting new thriller from Alex North, author of the New York Times bestseller The Whisper Man

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…

The Shadows is somewhat related to The Whisper Man in that Amanda Beck is back and this time she’s investigating a homicide that seems to be a copy cat of another shocking murder that happened 25 years ago from another town. At the center of this twisty thriller is Paul Adams who was one of the teenagers involved in the original homicide. Paul is back in town for his ailing mother and back to reliving his trauma that one fateful afternoon 25 years ago.

I actually finished the audiobook version of The Shadows by Alex North last week but forgot to add it to my Goodreads and so here we are.

I enjoyed this book overall. I thought the plot was interesting. Not overly suspenseful or scary but it did keep my attention.

There are two narrators for this book: Hannah Aterton and John Heffernan. Aterton voiced Detective Amanda Beck and Heffernan did the main character Paul. Between the two, I found Aterton more compelling which is predictable since out of all the characters in this book, I found Amanda Beck to the the most interesting of all.

She reminded me of my favorite detective heroine Eve Dallas. Prickly with issues galore. And I wish she was in this book a lot more.  Unfortunately, this was mainly Paul Adams’s story and his narrator wasn’t my favorite.

All those aside, I did enjoy the plot of this book as well as the characters. Unfortunately again, this book suffers from too many plot twists. The first two were great! It delivered on the WTF moment and going back you sort of see the clues there. Unfortunately, the last twist ruined it.

It wasn’t set up very well and it ended up being explained to the readers why that twist happened and the motivation behind it. It was anticlimactic to say the least.

Overall, it’s a good book that got ruined by an overused plot twist that wasn’t set up properly.

An audio copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review