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The Shadow Friend by [Alex North]


If it had happened to you, you would have run away too.

Twenty-five years ago, Paul’s friend Charlie Crabtree brutally killed their classmate – and then vanished without a trace.

Paul’s never forgiven himself for his part in what happened. He’s never gone back home.

Until his elderly mother has a fall. It’s finally time to stop running.

It’s not long before things start to go wrong. His mother claims there’s someone in the house. Paul realises someone is following him. And, in a town many miles away, a copycat killer has struck.

Which makes him wonder – what really happened to Charlie the day of the murder?

And can anyone stop it happening again?


The Shadow Friend


Oh my, this is so very dark, so very edgy and so very Alex North. Brilliant!

The opening is one that will stay with me for such a long, long time. It is one of those that you feel you know what is coming but you are compelled to carry on reading. It isn’t everything that I thought it would be, it is much, much worse. I can’t forget it!

Twenty-five years later, it seems that history is repeating itself with the brutal death of a schoolboy and subsequent investigation by Detective Amanda Beck. The similarities are just so alike that a step back into the past has to be looked at. This opens up so much more than memories as it whips up unfinished business.

Paul Adams, now forty years old, has returned to the home town that he swore he wouldn’t ever come back to but his mum is dying. Once back things certainly go bump in the night making him face what happened in the past and put an end to it once and for all. The story goes from present-day back to his school days and the oddball group of the four friends and their dangerous games. In the present time, Amanda Beck is trying to work out if there is some sort of connection to events in the past and the disappearance of a young boy from twenty-five years before.

What makes the story so edgy is that you know that someone is going to die and someone is going to go missing but there is so much more. I was totally thrown with this book in so many ways. It really isn’t for the faint-hearted as at times it is hard to read. Shocking isn’t the word, scared the hell out of me is nearer the mark and totally overwhelmed me. That said it is a cracking read, highly recommended if you feel up are up to it.

I wish to thank NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.


Alex North was born in Leeds, where he now lives with his wife and son. He studied Philosophy at Leeds University, and prior to becoming a writer he worked there in their sociology department.


Twitter: @writer_north

The Shadow Friend by [Alex North]

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