Audiobook review: The Shadows by Alex North

I finished my first NetGalley audiobook! I’m fairly pleased with the way the shelf app works, but it’s not quite perfect for audio yet. Still, I’m so excited to be able to listen to and review audio from NetGalley. The Shadows was an excellent start for me.

What it’s about:

From the Goodreads description:

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…

Creepy and ominous, right?

My thoughts:

So twisty! There were a couple of parts in this book that made my jaw drop. I do love it when a thriller can surprise me. The writing is solid, and the book is gritty, dark, and so atmospheric. I was expecting to be scared or at least creeped out by this book, though, and that never happened for me. I also didn’t feel like any of the characters were very developed, which made it difficult to connect with them and really feel invested in their stories. The final reveal of the baddie was somewhat anticlimactic and felt like an afterthought. Overall though, a quick listen and decent story.

The audiobook has dual narrators: John Heffernan reads Paul’s parts of the story, and Hannah Arterton reads Amanda’s. Both narrators did a great job: the audio is well-paced, clear and read with proper inflection. This is an all-around good quality audiobook.

I recommend this audiobook to those who enjoy fast-paced thrillers with clever twists. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the opportunity to listen to this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.


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