The Shadow Man by Helen Fields

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.

The Shadow Man is Helen Fields’ first standalone book following her ‘Perfect’ series. I must admit I haven’t read any of the series but I’ll definitely be adding it to my TBR pile. The Shadow Man features Fergus, the eponymous shadow man, who is a terrifying figure. He suffers from Cotard’s syndrome, also known as walking dead syndrome, and believes he is dead. This belief gives him enormous freedom to do what he wants, no matter how dangerous or immoral. He’s grotesquely skeletal giving him the appearance of Jack Skellington, and he desperately wants a family of his own. The only way he can achieve this is to kidnap members of the public and imprison them in his flat. This is how Elspeth, Meggy, and Xavier come to be locked in his flat and they must find a way to escape.

There has been a refreshing blend of thriller and horror in recent years and The Shadow Man expertly brings the two genres together. The book is incredibly dark, disturbing, and violent as Connie, the profiler trying to identify and catch Fergus, comes closer to understanding his behaviour and puts herself in danger to save the three victims.

Each of the characters in The Shadow Man is exceptionally written and there’s plenty of suspense throughout to keep any reader gripped.

Avon, 4th February, 2021

About the author

Author of best-selling crime, thriller and historical fiction books Perfect Remains, Perfect Prey, Perfect Death, Perfect Silence, Perfect Crime, Perfect Kill, These Lost and Broken Things & Degrees of Guilt written as HS Chandler. A former barrister and film producer, her books have been translated into more than 16 languages.

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