The Shadows by Alex North (NetGalley Audiobook Review)

The Shadows by Alex North

Format: Audiobook

Source: NetGalley

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Narrator: Hannah Arterton & John Heffernan

Length: 9 hours  5 minutes

Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Publication Date: 7th July 2020

Synopsis/Blurb (Taken from Goodreads):

“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.”

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My Thoughts & Review

The Shadows is the first book I’ve read by North. It is a well done psychological thriller that I enjoyed. 

The book felt well written but I have to admit the pacing felt a little up and down especially when the timelines changed. Personally, I preferred the pacing to the past timeline it was faster and I found it so much more interesting. Also, the plot twist in the book kept me gripped. My favourite part was the lucid dreaming aspect, it was so interesting.

The Shadows is told from the POV of Paul and Amanda set in two different timelines. Amanda’s POV is told in present time while Pauls’ alternated between past and present times. The past timeline is from about 25 years ago when he was a school.

North has created some good characters in The Shadows, they developed well as the book progressed while at the same time were engaging. As I said I did prefer most of the characters when they were younger. 

I did listen to this book as an audiobook and feel the narrators were a great choice for this book. They brought it book to life and made it feel even more creepier. 

This was my first NetGalley audiobook and it was a reasonably pleasant experience. I did have a few problems with playback, it kept stopping in the middle of chapters so I had to keep starting playback. Also, on a couple of occasions the audiobook did skip back to the start so I had to try and find my spot again, this meant that at times I ended up re-listening to parts as I couldn’t find my exact spot. I really couldn’t tell you if this problem was with the audiobook or the NetGalley app. 

But, I ended up enjoying the book and would definitely recommend this book whether it’s the audiobook or physical copy. 

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publishers Macmillan Audio for my audiobook copy of this book in return for an honest and unbiased review.

My Rating


Have you read this book? What did you think of it? Leave a comment below and let’s have a chat.

Happy Reading!!!

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  1. Great review, Mani! Shame to hear about the technical issues with the audiobook though! I enjoyed Alex North’s first book and am keen to read this one too. It’s interesting to hear about the up and down pace as his first book was very steady paced so it seems he has changed his style a bit!

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    • Thanks Darina!! I’ve not read his 1st book but looking forward to it, hopefully it won’t be long till I pick it up. Trying to get thorough the review requests 1st as fallen behind on them 🙈


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