The Shadow Man by Helen Fields #bookreview

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.

My thoughts on The Shadow Man…

It’s been a while since I’ve read anything by Helen Fields, whose ‘Perfect’ series I was addicted to for a while. As has happened with other series I’ve enjoyed though, I couldn’t stay caught up and – eventually – stopped reading them. It was nice, then, to see a new book with new characters. And what interesting character they were.

Dr. Connie Woolwine is a profiler who can only see the world in black, white, and shades of grey. She makes up for this by using her other senses to understand what is going on in the mind of a killer. DI Baarda specialising in finding kidnap victims, preferably alive. They make a great team – although Connie is definitely the dominant character. I liked them both – a lot – and do hope this is the only outing for them.

I also loved the story. I liked that is was different from other crime fiction I’ve read recently in that it didn’t revolve around women being brutally murdered. Here, the victims are all different, as is the reason they are taken. And the killers reasons are nice and complex, meaning he’s hard for Connie to figure out. There are no easy answers for her, which makes for a tense read.

I also liked that the killer was a fully-formed character too. He wasn’t one dimensional. It was good getting to know and understand him, even if I didn’t have much sympathy for his behaviour. So often, they are just ‘evil’ and psychotic without much of a reason why.

These are all things I’ve enjoyed in other Helen Fields’ novels. She really is a great writer and a great storyteller. It was really nice being back in a world and with characters she created. Maybe time to tackle that back-catalogue?

Please note: I received a copy of this book in return for a fair and honest review. All thoughts, feelings, and opinions are my own.

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