ABOUT THE BOOK
The brand new crime thriller from the bestselling author of the Perfect series – Helen Fields is back with her first stand-alone novel!
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.
Helen Fields is back with a heart-pounding new book, perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Stuart MacBride.
OMG if you read this book in bed, you will be sleeping with the light on for the rest of the night. Well, that is if you can sleep. I am always waiting for the dip of intensity when the opening has been so powerful, but it never happened. The story kept the edgy and unpredictable urgency through every chapter and every page.
It is a stand-alone read, but I hope it becomes a series. The core characters have a uniqueness about them and sparks mischief that made me want to punch the air. So yes, there are some lighter moments in the story and times that made my heart race in a good way.
The story has characters that have complex pasts, so unusual connections are made between them, and dangerous lines crossed that made me step back in awe, just to remember that I needed to breathe. The story centres around abductions that have no pattern.
An American forensic psychologist, Connie Woolwine, has been brought in to partner DI Brodie Baarda, to hunt this man down. She has a unique way of connecting to victims and killers that gave me shivers. At this point, I must say, that another star of this book was pathologist Alisa Lambert, who could quite easily have her own series of books. A fabulous character.
Set in Scotland, this is a beauty to lose yourself in and occupy every brain cell you have. Just when you think that this book has peaked it takes a massive leap to a new mind-numbing height. A nerve-racking, mouth open ending! Highly recommended read. Stunning.
I wish to thank Net Galley and the publisher for an e-copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
An international and Amazon #1 best-selling author, Helen is a former criminal and family law barrister. Every book in the Callanach series has claimed an Amazon #1 bestseller flag. The last book in the series, ‘Perfect Kill’ was longlisted for the Crime Writers Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger in 2020, and others have been longlisted for the McIlvanney Prize, Scottish crime novel of the year. Helen also writes as HS Chandler, and has released legal thriller ‘Degrees of Guilt’. Her audio book ‘Perfect Crime’ knocked Michelle Obama off the #1 spot. In 2020 Perfect Remains was shortlisted for the Bronze Bat, Dutch debut crime novel of the year. Now translated into 16 languages, and also selling in the USA, Canada & Australasia, Helen’s books have won global recognition. Her historical thriller ‘These Lost & Broken Things’ came out in May 2020. Her first standalone thriller – The Shadow Man – from HarperColllins will be published on February 4, 2021. She currently commutes between West Sussex, Scotland and California. She lives with her husband and three children.