Book Review: The Shadows by Alex North

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.

Thank you to Macmillan for providing me with an Advanced Reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The above tagline from the back of the book hooked me instantly. This story follows a group of teenagers; Charlie, Billy, Paul, and James. The group started as Paul and James who were childhood friends and then one day Charlie and Billy come to the defense of James who is constantly bullied. When Charlie starts leading the group down a dark path of lucid dreaming and ominous exploring of the mysterious forest known as the Shadows. One day Charlie and Billy commit the ultimate act of evil by committing murder.

Twenty-five years later Paul is still living with the shadows of the past, though he has severed all ties, and must return to his hometown to care for his dying mother. He is forced to confront the events of the past when someone is stalking him and sending constant reminders of a horrible crime. Meanwhile, a detective from another town starts connecting dots to copycat killings that are occurring amid a cult following of the original murder.

This book went back and forth in time and perspective which can be disorienting to some readers, but the narrative fit together perfectly in the end and the order of chapters made sense. There were some nice twists and turns as well as an unexpected ending. I recommend this book for fans of C.J. Tudor novels and the suspense genre. Keep an eye out and expect this to hit bookshelves in July.

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