THE SHADOW MAN BY HELEN FIELDS


PLOT SUMMARY:

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.





MY REVIEW:

What a book! I find so many thrillers these days are very similar and always end up building up to an anticlimactic but The Shadow Man completely redeemed the genre for me - I was gripped and on the edge of my seat and couldn't put it down! It reminded me of His & Hers in ways, it's not the same story but you the amount of thought and detail that went into these two books is really clear and the characters are excellent!

I think the thing I loved most about this book was the great banter between Connie and Baarda. From the very beginning you quickly learn that Connie is a woman that you don't want to mess with and I love how open and honest she is about everything. Then comes across the slightly more secretive and shy Baarda and they both balance each other so well. I thought they really brought the story to life and whilst being funny at times, they didn't take away from the seriousness of the story itself.

Our villain, if we want to call him that, Fergus, was brought to life so well. You could just picture how creepy and weird he is and I thought the way Fields described him, from the way he moves, to the way he talks, to the way he thinks was excellent and extremely vivid. One character I liked but found a little unrealistic was Meggy. She was super strong and I thought she was great but it was hard to believe she was meant to be 12...I think if Fields had her as a 15 year old or teenager it would have been more believable.

Not only are the characters really well portrayed but the plot and the writing are excellent. The plot is simple but disturbing and from the prologue you are hooked and totally immersed. The writing then brings you into the story even more, it is beautifully descriptive and atmospheric and you can clearly picture yourself wandering the streets of Edinburgh (one of my favourite cities!).

So yeah, I loved it. The story had me on the edge of my seat at times, which I find is hard to come across in so many books these days. I loved how the whole thing circled back to the beginning and it felt like there was great closure and the ending was really well planned out. It wasn't rushed and even though there wasn't exactly a huge twist, I still couldn't put it down and couldn't wait to get to the end.

Big thank you to NetGalley for letting me read this before it's published and I can't wait to read more from Fields.


IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:

Creepy

Fast Paced

Gripping


FAVOURITE QUOTE:

'I don't need babysitting. Women, in fact, don't need men to protect them. Men need to sop attacking us. That'll keep us safe.'


FAVOURITE CHARACTER:

Connie, I loved how unapologetic and eccentric she was and how she was the world was really refreshing.


OVERALL RATING:

9/10

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