Friday 5 February 2021

Book Review: The Shadow Man by Helen Fields

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields book cover

AD* | He collects his victims. But he doesn’t keep them safe.

Elspeth, Meggy and Xavier are locked in a flat. They don’t know where they are, and they don’t know why they’re there. They only know that the shadow man has taken them, and he won’t let them go.

Desperate to escape, the three of them must find a way out of their living hell, even if it means uncovering a very dark truth.

Because the shadow man isn’t a nightmare. He’s all too real.

And he’s watching.

Thrilling and tense, The Shadow Man is a dark and twisted tale that keeps you turning page after page to find out what will happen next. 

The novel is fast-paced and carries a sense of urgency. The narrative is split between the mysterious 'Shadow Man', his terrified victims, and Dr Connie Woolwine, a forensic psychologist tasked with profiling the suspect. As the story progresses and each individual learns more about the others, the pace picks up and the stakes climb even higher. 

It is well written and packed with unexpected twists and turns at every corner. Although the reader knows the identity of the Shadow Man from the start, this does not impact the suspense of the novel. Instead, it's a desperate game of cat and mouse, each side determined not to let the other succeed. 

The camaraderie and developing relationship between Connie and her colleague, DI Baarda, provides a strong contrast to the often-graphic scenes in the Shadow Man's side of the narrative. Connie and Baarda are like yin and yang - she is loud and extroverted, while he is much more reserved. However, the two work well together and it is interesting to see how they learn more about the other as the case progresses.

The story is gritty and creative; the plot well-paced and tense. It is a solid thriller featuring a cast of memorable characters. From Connie and Baarda to the Shadow Man and his poor victims, this story is both shocking and unputdownable! Just watch out - it may leave you looking over your shoulder!

The Shadow Man is an excellent crime thriller with plenty of surprises, suspense, and disturbing details. 

Rating: 3 stars

The Shadow Man is available to buy now. 

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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