Title: The Shadow Man
Author: Helen Fields
Publication: February 4, 2021
Publisher: Avon Books
Genre: Mystery Thriller
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I have been a fan of Helen Fields ever since I discovered her ‘Perfect’ series and devoured it within a few months. I could not get enough of it. So, when I heard she was releasing a new book, I was all in. As usual, Helen Fields did not disappoint in the least.
This story follows a lot of different people, which I think is what sets it apart from the start. This book is easily a stand-alone novel, but if you are a fan of her ‘Perfect’ series, you will recognize some names in the book. I loved that I had that familiarity and got to know characters better that you really didn’t get to know too much in her other books. Each character has these thick layers that are peeled back throughout the story and really explains why they do the things they do.
This story was downright creepy. I found myself saying out loud, “This man is insane,” or “How weird,” many times. Fields definitely knows how to write villains that really give you the chills. The story flips between the investigation and Fergus, the villain, and his victims. I think this really helped the story flow smoothly because we got all the dead space in between the big scenes filled with what someone else was doing. It was great to hear both sides of the crime, the investigation and the kidnapping. It really gave this book an edge compared to other stories where you only see one side of the story.
Without giving away what happens, you will constantly be asking questions and tearing through pages needing to know what happens to Fergus, what happens to the victims next, where are the police and why have they not figured this out yet. If this was a show, I’d have been so tense I’d be yelling at the TV. I needed to know so badly what was going to happen next that I found myself ignoring my household chores just to read one more chapter.
I have nothing bad to say about The Shadow Man by Helen Fields either. It’s a truly horrific tale that will leaving you turning on the light and checking your doors and windows before bed. Superb writing. Excellent character development. And a high intensity, bone chilling ending. I cannot wait for Field’s next novel.
STAR RATING: 5/5
Pick up your copy of The Shadow Man by Helen Fields on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or check your local bookstore tomorrow! Also make sure to add it to your To Reads list on Goodreads and leave feedback for the author when you are finished. Check out more from Helen Fields on her website HERE. Check out some of our reviews of her ‘Perfect’ series including Perfect Remains and Perfect Kill.