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The Shadows: Book Review

By Danielle Rose

The Shadows by Alex North

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Paul Adams has avoided his hometown of Gritten as though his life depended on his absence from that dark, sinister place, but when his mother's dementia takes a turn for the worse, Paul must face his demons and return to the house he hasn't visited in twenty-five years. Unfortunately, even though Paul has desperately tried to forget the nightmares which plagued his existence as a teenager, the town of Gritten is not unforgiving. To Paul, the town feels frozen in time, with memories threatening to expose his secrets at every corner.

Because when Paul was a teenager, his friends—led by the malicious Charlie Crabtree—committed a ritualistic murder which shook the town of Gritten right to its very core. Having an everlasting effect, the crime tainted the once quaint, safe town in a murky haze. With stories passed down through the generations, the townsfolk have never quite recovered from the blood spilled that day.

With a steady string of copycat killers mimicking the heinous murder, Paul quickly discovers his past has not stayed buried and the crime has not been forgotten, even though he has spent the past quarter of a century attempting to do just that: forget. Much to his dismay, Paul can no longer suppress his emotions; his inner demons are alive, and his secrets are eager to smother every last bit of sanity he has managed to maintain.

In The Shadows, Gritten welcomes Paul home, even if he is still desperate to escape it.

Alex North's sophomore novel sets the stage for a thrilling, unputdownable read. Told in dual POV and dual timelines, The Shadows is a fast-paced novel, taking the reader right to the heart of what happened in Gritten all those years ago.

The setting of Gritten provides the perfect dark, atmospheric mood for a shocking suspense novel. The small town is bleak, with an underlying sinister presence around every turn.

In addition to the compelling setting, the narration is equally superb. The characters were incredibly well-developed and smartly written. Paul and his friends have unique personalities, all different in their own creepy way, and as the story progresses, each character is given the opportunity to really shine.

Overall, The Shadows by Alex North is an immersive, enthralling tale about friendships, secrets, young love, and a mother's devotion to her child. A solid thriller with a touch of the supernatural, this twisty tale thrives on human emotions, so you might want to read with the lights on...

Danielle Rose

Danielle Rose is a USA Today bestselling author, a book reviewer, an occasional editor, and an always Oxford comma enthusiast. She graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in English from UW-Parkside, and in 2014, she obtained a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Southern Maine. Currently, Danielle resides in the Midwest, where she lives with her husband and their five rescue pets. When she is not writing, she is usually reading, renovating and decorating her historic Victorian manor, or sating her wanderlust. More about Danielle can be found at www.droseauthor.com.

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