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The Shadows by Alex North. A very late review

Hi, Little Bears!!

I was granted an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review 2 years ago. Not long after, I started seeing many 2-star reviews which, for some reason (anxiety played its part), stopped me from reading a book I had been dying to get my hands on. Well, it turned out I wasn’t wrong and this one was definitely for me.

I gave it 4.5 stars.

Thank you so much to NetGalley and Celadon Books for granting me early access to this work. I have to let you know I was given the chapter sampler, but had to buy the book, given the amount of time passed (and I’m glad I did), so that’s what I’ll be reviewing.

Paul Adams has to go back to Gritten Woods, his hometown, because he finds out his mother is dying after an accident probably caused by her deterioration because of her dementia. However, there’s a reason why he left 25 years ago, the ghosts than hunt him for what happened, and they seem very much alive.

I have to say this review will be biased, as the book gave me the #1 thing that catches me and doesn’t let me go in books, atmosphere. I constantly felt the need to continue reading, the shadows lurking around me, the creepiness. I never knew exactly if the explanation was going to be supernatural or if Alex North was going to come up with something totally rational for the dark events, until the very end.

There are also a few plot twists that, at least I, was not expecting at all, so the rating for this horror skyrocketed when they were revealed. I kept speculating on who did what until the last couple of chapters, because I needed theories!

The writing style makes the story easy to follow and allows for easy distinction between dialogue and thoughts without having to stop to do so.

It is plot driven, but incredibly atmospheric and with proper character development, even though there are a couple of them for whom I’d have loved more time and action in the story.

To summarise, I don’t know why I didn’t pick this up before, but I should have. The only reason why I didn’t give it 5 stars was that I would have liked to have felt more emotion on the last couple of chapters, which doesn’t mean action whatsoever.

If you like creepy psychological horror/thriller books that keep you hanging, this book is for you.

Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book or if you may get it.

Bear hugs!

Anne

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