The Shadow Man by Helen Fields #Review

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The Shadow Man Book Cover The Shadow Man
Helen Fields
crime thriller, police procedural
Avon Books UK
February 4th 2021
Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley for an exchange for an honest review.

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.

Helen Fields is one of my favourite crime authors and I am always delighted to read her books. Her latest one, The Shadow Man is not part of #Perfect Series, but I hope is a start of excellent stand-alone books.

Elspeth is a mother of two. An ordinary woman who disappears without a trace, possibly kidnapped. Meggy is a teenager who also disappears. Teenagers escape from home, but not her. Xavier can’t just disappear. He is in a wheelchear. And the wheelchear is left on the parking.  The three of them share same destiny. They don’t know where they are, and they don’t know what does he want of them. The Shadow Man.

Forensic psychologist Connie,  teamed up with Detective Baarda work on the case, to find the kidnapped mom of two. Then Meggy goes missing and they start to wonder, what these two have in common? And who is lurking in the shadows to take them, and why? Can they save them? A body has been found. Are they still alive?

This book is an adrenalin-packed race against time. It made the hair stand up on the back of my neck till the very last page. That is what I like about this genre and this book.  I had a great time reading this book. And the character I liked most, Meggy. A twelve years old girl who was more reasonable than the adults around her. I liked her courage and her stuborness. I learned about a lot of medical conditions and not single one is an excuse to hurt another human being. The author did a great research and as an excellent storyteller got into the kidnapper’s mind to tell us, the readers, his point of view. The killer is quite unique and one of a kind. I highly recommend this book. It’s dark and twisty, I know you’ll love it.

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