The Shadows



❮PDF / Epub❯ ★ The Shadows Author Alex North – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 yea 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 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 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 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.The Shadows

Alex North was born in Leeds England where he now lives with his wife and son The Whisper Man was inspired by North's own little boy who mentioned one day that he was playing with the boy in the floor Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name.

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  • Hardcover
  • 336 pages
  • The Shadows
  • Alex North
  • English
  • 18 September 2014
  • 9781250318039

10 thoughts on “The Shadows

  1. says:

    Hey all I've read my way through 200 books to bring you this Booktube Video all about the Best 2020 Books so far this year Was it strange to think of the dead as friends? 25 years ago Paul Adams experienced the worst day of his life One of his friends was ritualistically murdered by two other friends The police pick up one of them but the other Charlie Crabtree was never found Some say he's been living out in the woods ever sinceNow 25 years later Paul's mother is suffering from dementia and takes a spill down the stairs in Gritten the hometown where the murder happened She's in hospice care and reluctantly Paul comes back to the town that haunted him so long ago The sky above was dark blue and speckled with a faint prickling of stars No answers to be found Meanwhile Detective Amanda from Featherbank stumbled upon a grislyritualistic murder committed by two teens against a classmate She ends up tracing it back to Charlie Crabtree and Paul Through flashbacks we learn that Charlie believed in lucid dreaming and that physical manifestations and murders are possible With Paul's nightmare's coming in faster and faster he begins to wonder if Charlie was right all along What are you dreaming? Just when I think the author couldn't top the Whisper Man this absolutely GORGEOUS gem shows up StunningI loved how Alex North teeters on the edge of supernatural vs natural for his books it's so fun and a lil bit spooky to watch the characters navigate the worldI enjoyed how the two storylines came together with Detective Amanda and Paul circling each other and the events until they come together to solve the murderThe flashbacks worked really well Each time we went back in time another kernel of truth was released The pacing was perfect for thisAll in all this was UITE a fabulous book and I'm so excited to have read it I received a free physical copy of THE SHADOWS by Alex North from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  2. says:

    “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

  3. says:

    35 stars rounded upYou 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 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 homeI loved The Whisper Man That was such a great book I loved the first half of this book I love supernatural in my thrillers I loved the lucid dream premise It was so creepy and bizarre I thought it was clever I thought it was going to give me nightmares but Thank God it didn't I thought the dual timelines were a little confusing for me and it took awhile to get use to it I thought there were to many characters to keep track of There also was a part of the book that I thought didn't add up I just loved The Whisper Man so much I was a little disappointed I thought that close to the ending that the book was all over the place Too much happened all at once I really did enjoy this book a lot It kept me flipping the pages to see what was going to happen next I just didn't love it I can't wait to see what what the author is going to come up with next I am excited to read it I want to thank Macmillan for sending me the free ARC of The Shadows by Alex North in exchange for an honest review

  4. says:

    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 child?Two 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

  5. says:

    dont read this before bed its about creepy lucid dreaming and spooky ghosts and the combination is a sure recipe for nightmares i did enjoy this though while not as strong as ' the whisper man' its still a eerie story i got major 'the chalk man' vibes while reading it so if you enjoyed that book you will really like this one the writing is very easy to read and does a great job at getting a reader hooked but there are a couple of things i didnt like about this i feel like detective becks POV detracts from the story i understand the necessity of her chapters especially for the reader to get information pertaining to the big reveal at the end but i didnt like the ending it was uite anticlimactic to me so change the ending get rid of the detective and this could have been near perfection overall a minor sopho slump of a book compared to such an outstanding debut but still a pretty entertaining story in its own right↠ 35 stars

  6. says:

    All 5 ⭐s for the PERFECT reading experience I loved this awesome book Creepy dark and suspenseful with a plot that hooked me from the get go The Shadows is a horror story at its core but flirts with other genres and doesn't follow the rules of most books Some of the twists hit me in a way that I felt like I was physically slapped Seriously As if that wicked bony hand from the cover reached around and smacked me 𝘽𝙚𝙘𝙖𝙪𝙨𝙚 𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙚 𝙢𝙚𝙢𝙤𝙧𝙞𝙚𝙨 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙧𝙞𝙫𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙣𝙤𝙬 𝙙𝙖𝙧𝙠 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙖𝙣𝙜𝙧𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙄 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡𝙞𝙯𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙤𝙬𝙚𝙫𝙚𝙧 𝙢𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙄 𝙬𝙖𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙙 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙙𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙢𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙙 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙥𝙖𝙨𝙩 𝙬𝙖𝙨 𝙙𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙬𝙞𝙩𝙝 𝙢𝙚 And North's previous book is rated even higher than this one? How is that even possible?? I can not WAIT to read it

  7. says:

    NOW AVAILABLEI have been hesitant to write this review because this book wasn’t at all what I expected from this author I loved The Whisper Man everything about it therefore I was highly anticipating reading The Shadows Unfortunately for me it fell short Here’s whyThere are two timelines the present and 25 years previous Now this isn’t usually a problem but you have to add to this the fact that during these timelines they are constantly discussing and referencing “lucid dreams” which was what the young teengers had been doing 25 years ago when “everything went wrong” It was Charlie Crabtree who had tried to convince 3 of his friends James Billy and Paul that if they did what he said they would be able to be in the same dream together While in this “lucid dream” state they could also make certain things happen Paul didn’t like where this was all going and in the end he had abandoned their friendship and been seeing Jenny a bright pretty young girl his age They were developing a very close relationship “until everything went wrong” So you have two timelines and a very large cast of characters There are the characters from the past and also a new set of characters from some “copycat” murders that have occurred recently There is also Amanda a police officer and her partner who are trying to unravel all of the mysteries and find out what if anything they have to do with the present murdersThere were so many characters that I found myself having to write down each group one from the past and one from the present Often it was hard to tell whether I was reading fact or a lucid dream that Paul was having now or in the pastIt was very very confusing and the story didn’t flow well for me There were also lots of uestions left unanswered which I won’t get into because you have to read the book to understand what I’m talking aboutFrom the blurb you know this about Charlie “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 than one copycat”Paul had not been back to his hometown since he left to go to college He never visited his mother and he has a lot of guilt about that He has come back now to visit her in the nursing facility because she is dying While there he is staying in his old home sleeping in his old room and having all sorts of dreams feelings that he is being watched hearing sounds in the house etc He has also discovered secrets in the attic which his mother has been hiding all of these yearsOh boy this book was confusing I have given it 3 stars for an idea which I thought was a good one but along the way the writing just didn’t work It took me 3 days to read this because I found myself constantly looking back at what I had read beforeI will continue to follow Alex North’s books because I think his ideas are wonderful and his writing is usually stellar I’m sure that there are others who will love this book it just didn’t work for meI received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through EdelweissThis novel is set to publish on July 7 2020

  8. says:

    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

  9. says:

    NOW AVAILABLEi haven’t been able to concentrate on much lately—i’m living out some uarantine edition of Time Enough at Last where i’m prevented BY LAW from doing much than finally catching up on my reading and my writing about reading and where my version of henry bemis’ broken glasses irony is this constant state of unspecific low level panic that keeps me flitting from one distraction to another accomplishing very littlewhich is why i am so grateful to THIS BOOK for trapping me in a page turning headlock because although i didn’t get to anything else i wanted to do that day falling into a book and finishing it in a day is a pleasure i haven’t experienced for a while i liked The Whisper Man but this one is even better i found it unnerving in its premise with surprising reveals and i loved the doomy atmosphere as it twists and twists and twists through all manner of disturbing images—portentous dream journals slender man ish teen stabbings crime scenes covered in red handprints shadowy figures lurking in the deep dark woods ooOOOOoothis book also has a richer emotional depth to its characters specifically paul—coming home after 25 years to tend to his dementia addled mother in hospice returning to a past haunted house in a dying town full of horrible memories where—in between numerous spooky threats—he’s forced to confront his past his grief and guilt over all the decisions he did or didn’t make in short—this book is both scarier AND sadder than The Whisper Man and those are the two buttons you want to push when book wooing me as far as the scary goes i love creepy kid characters and young cult leader in the making charlie crabtree is creeptastic shepherding his impressionable fellow misfit friends into the practice of lucid dreaming—the realm of a sinister figure called red hands who promises the boys vengeance and deliverance in exchange for a sacrificial murder the boys fulfill their part of the deal in a spectacularly bloody way and afterwards charlie disappears never to be seen again this fact catapults a gruesome crime into dark legend status spread via internet and inspiring a number of copycat killings committed in the name of red hands over the next twenty five yearsthe ‘sadder’ of it has nothing to do with any of the murders in the book which makes me sound like a monster but if you’re the type of person who gets sad over the victims in murder mysteries it might not be the best genre for you this book is full of MY kind of sad—nostalgia lost love guilt missed opportunities withered ambition—all of that too close to home stuff i'm even susceptible to now that i live like a tender veal calfin this book's venn diagram of scary and sad the point of intersection is paul’s mother’s dementia the sad part is obvious—his guilt over abandoning her all those years ago and not coming back to visit until it was too late to connect is heartpunching but while deeply moving dementia’s slippage of time contributes to the suspense—as she viscerally returns to past experiences dredging up secrets and darkness and dangers shifting unpredictably through time and memories strafing paul with vague utterances and brief warnings without context It’s in the houseANYWAY because of this whole concentration breakdown of mine this review has already taken me a discouragingly long time to write so i’m going to back away from it now even though i’m not sure it’s useful or coherent this book is good i’m sorry i am bad at words and thoughts right now 45 rounded up review to come♥ to macmillan's reading insiders club for the ARCcome to my blog

  10. says:

    I think I've come to the realization that if I'm only continuing with a book to see how it ends then I need to put it down and move on Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy

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