The Shadows: A Novel (Mass Market)

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Keep the lights on for this one. The Shadows capitalizes off that feeling you get when you're home alone, it's eerily quiet, and you think there's something moving in the darkness from out the corner of your eye. It's not outright terrifying, it's tense and unsettling, which is arguably worse. Alex North knows how to balance the natural and the supernatural with smooth, no nonsense prose. The ritualistic killing of a teenager 25 years ago spawns multiple copycat killings. Paul, who was friends with the original victim and perpetrators all those years ago, finds evidence of something sinister in the woods surrounding his small town. Detective Amanda Beck's investigation into the most recent murder takes her to those same woods, nicknamed "The Shadows." Both characters find themselves circling the darkness, getting closer to the unsettling truth, and daring to confront what's patiently waiting for them deep within The Shadows.

— Ogi Ubiparipovic

July 2020 Indie Next List


“Paul Adams may have left behind his hometown and the tragedy that happened 25 years ago, but as we know, ‘The past is never dead. It’s not even past.’ The murder that has haunted him for so long comes roaring back into his life when there’s a new killing and secrets are uncovered. Dreams really do come true, but this one may just kill Paul. Highly atmospheric and emotionally gripping, The Shadows is best read with all the lights on and well before you plan to go to sleep.”
— Pamela Klinger-Horn, Excelsior Bay Books, Excelsior, MN

Winter 2022 Reading Group Indie Next List


“The best psychological thriller I’ve read in a long time. An intense look at lucid dreams; an intriguing take on a concept that previously has only really been explored in films. Don’t expect The Whisper Man in this new kind of thriller.”
— Stephanie Csaszar, Books Around the Corner, Gresham, OR

About the Author


Alex North is the internationally bestselling author of The Whisper Man and The Shadows. He lives in Leeds, England, with his wife and son, and is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781250876300
ISBN-10: 1250876303
Publisher: Celadon Books
Publication Date: November 29th, 2022
Pages: 416
Language: English