This is not one of those books that I need to write a long review of. It has been all over social media ever since the author, Alex North, announced he was writing a new book. If you read and loved The Whisper Man, same author, last year, then you should pick this one up! The hype, as it was for The Whisper Man in my opinion, is REAL!
I will admit I wasn’t immediately drawn in. The book starts off very strong! Paul is sitting in the back of his car driven by his mother, and they are following the police. The police purposely stop in front of the crime scene so Paul can see what he supposably did. Kill one of his classmates. The story alternates between Paul as a kid when he first meets Charlie Crabtree, and now when he returns to his hometown after all those years. The author also throws in the POV from Detective Amanda Beck who is investigating what may be a copycat all these years later.
Trust me when I saw Charlie Crabtree is not who you would want your kids to be friends with. Charlie is a strong believer in lucid dreaming. I had to look up the definition of that: Lucid dreaming happens when you’re aware that you’re dreaming. In some cases , you may be able to control the dream’s storyline. This helps give the book that eerie feeling. Also the reason why I couldn’t read this before bed!
North does a good job throwing in some very good twists and turns I didn’t see coming. I found myself re-reading parts because I had assumed so much while reading, and I was wrong.
I can only hope we get another book from Alex North in 2021! The Shadows is available now!
Book Rating: 4.5/5
Wine Pairing: Penfolds Bin 9 Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
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 more than one copycat.
Paul 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 home.
It’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 ago.
It wasn’t just the murder.
It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again…