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The Shadows is a spooky story with twist and a wondering adventure. I was so excited to get my Book of the Month so I could read this book! There are cults, dream monsters, police, flash backs, revenge, strange woods, secrets, and more! The book also refers back to Alex North’s previous book The Whisper Man, but you don’t need to read it before hand to understand the story. The end of this book was a little bit of a let down, but it was pretty spooky and I’d suggest it! I read this book and listened to the audiobook and read it in a day! It had me hooked! I have so many thoughts and feelings about this book!
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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…– GoodReads
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I really liked this book. The Shadows had me sitting on the edge of my seat. I was trying to figure out who Red Hands really was and how he could get into the real world and who CC666 was! The idea of being able to share dreams and control where you are going was creative, and adding the cult vibe on top of it was so good! I couldn’t put this book down! Charlie was creepy, let’s be real, he was straight up scary. I actually pictured him looking like Peter Pan from Once Upon A Time. I don’t know if we should call him the cult leader or what, but as I was reading, I thought he had to go. He didn’t get on nerves as much as Billy, and if you know, you know. Although I loved The Shadows, the ending could have been way better! While most of the book was horror/thriller, the conclusion was more crime, which took away from all the suspense that was building up. Also, the idea of Red Hands kind of disappeared. Like he was in their dreams, wanting them to all to come to him, and nothing really happened with him. They said that he went out and killed whatever, but I would have liked him to be more real and interactive in the story. I think I would of be happier with any other ending besides what happened, and it would have sold the story better.
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