Just like reading an episode from Criminal Minds – a brilliant crime thriller!
I received an advanced copy of this from Avon Books on Netgalley.
The Shadow Man by Helen Fields
He collects his victims. But he doesn’t keep them safe.
Elspeth, Meggie 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.
The plot of this story felt like it was lifted directly from a Criminal Minds episode and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that at all!
Firstly I think what made this book for me was the impressive and formidable Dr Connie Woolwine. She was just fantastic and is up there with some of my favourite characters. Connie is an American forensic psychologist who is there to help profile the abductor and the parts where she dissected the behaviours were definitely the best. I’ve always found the process of criminal profiling interesting, hence why I enjoy programmes like Criminal Minds, therefore getting to hear how Connie did this and came up with these conclusions really appealed to me.
Alongside the investigation there are also chapters from the kidnappers point of view. His thoughts are muddled, he has erratic behaviour and it really gets the reader trying to profile him themselves. I was coming up with all sorts of reasons why he was behaving and doing the things the way he was.
We are also given details about the three victims as they try to adapt to their new surroundings and find a way out. You could feel the darkness and desperation that they felt seeping from the pages.
Overall this was a brilliantly written crime thriller with a satisfying ending that I thoroughly enjoyed. Definitely one to add to your wishlist!
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