Today, I am excited to be sharing my review of The Shadow Man by Helen Fields with you all.
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.
When I first heard about The Shadow Man, I knew I had to read it. The synopsis alone hooks you in, and I was desperate to find out what was happening. I’m so glad that I listened to my gut instinct, because this book really packs a punch.
The book gets off to a fantastic start. The opening scenes are brutal, but they prepare you and set you up for what is to come, and has you immediately unable to put the book down. Helen Fields has created a truly terrifying killer with this story, and a unique case to sink your teeth into. We follow the story from multiple different characters, and each one is just as interesting as the others. The story still manages to flow nicely, and really grips you. The case itself is so interesting, as it seems that there is absolutely no connection or pattern to the victims at all, making the detectives work a lot harder than it already would be. I loved following the investigation, and watching how they managed to find all of the pieces to the puzzle, and make them fit.
There are so many interesting character in the story, all of which are very different. Connie was a personal favourite of mine. She’s sarcastic, she doesn’t really care what people think of her, and she’s very realistic in her thoughts. There is no sugar coating with Connie, and I like that! I enjoyed the methods she used to work, which accommodated her disability. They were a little on the strange/unorthodox side, and the reaction of others to her methods is hilarious, but it is great that she has managed to find a way that works for her, and she’s rolling with it, regardless of how it may look to others. She’s there to get the job done, and that is exactly what she does. I also really like Baarda as a character too. I actually felt sorry for him for what he is clearly going through at home. He seems like such a genuinely nice guy, who just has one of those jobs that takes up too much time, and that’s not his fault. I loved watching Connie and Baarda working together, they make such a great team and compliment each other perfectly. Getting to know them both along the journey of the story was also really enjoyable.
I want to take a minute to talk about the monster of the story… Fergus. Honestly? I felt a little sorry for him, because no-one should have to go through that sort of illness. He is clearly struggling, mentally and physically, and it’s something I wouldn’t wish upon my worst enemy. BUT, that doesn’t excuse what he has done. Regardless of your physical and mental health, the way he has/is behaving is inexcusable. His character is actually quite complex, and extremely interesting, and the author has done a fantastic job.
I never expected such an explosive ending. Those last few chapters were so intense and full of action, I couldn’t stop reading. I think it was the perfect way to end the story, and to tie everything up.
Overall, The Shadow Man is an extremely dark, gripping thriller, that is probably not for the faint hearted. I have seen that a few reviewers have said that they just couldn’t handle how gruesome this was at times, but if like me, that’s exactly what you’re looking for in a thriller, then I would highly recommend picking up this book! Personally, I loved it, and it had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end.
A huge thank you to Avon Books, and NetGalley for my copy, in exchange for an honest review.
I give The Shadow Man a 4.5 star rating!
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