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The Shadow Man: The most gripping crime thriller of 2021 from the bestselling author of books like Perfect Remains Kindle Edition
PRAISE FOR THE SHADOW MAN
‘A gripping thriller with one of the creepiest and most fascinating villains I’ve ever read!’ ROZ WATKINS
‘A pulse-pounding, fascinating psychological procedural.’ LOUISE MULLINS
‘Helen Fields knows it out of the park with The Shadow Man. From the creep-you-out opening to the last staggering page, this one just refuses to let go. Simply brilliant.’ NEIL BROADFOOT
‘The Shadow Man is so chilling. With a dark, compelling plot and brilliantly drawn characters, you will be hooked from the first page…’ DEBBIE HOWELLS
’The Shadow Man is a terrifying police-procedural packed with suspense and a killer from your worst nightmares. A truly unique protagonist pitted against a chilling killer, it was hard to put this book down until the very end. I can't wait to read more from this series.’ VICKI BRADLEY
‘Atmospheric writing, breath-taking pace and fascinating characters. I loved it.’ SUZY K QUINN
PRAISE FOR HELEN FIELDS
‘Watch out Rebus, McRae and Perez there’s a new detective in the running to become Scotland’s fictional top cop…a real cracker of a page-turner that is truly difficult to put down.’ Scotland Correspondent
‘Compelling, breathtaking and a tense ride from that unbelievable opening scene right to the last word. Brilliant!’ Angela Marsons
‘Deliciously dark and gritty, Perfect Silence will glue your fingers to the page and make the hairs stand on the back of your neck. Another winner from the hugely talented Helen Fields.’ Caroline Mitchell
‘A tightly plotted tale of obsession and manipulation.’ Woman
‘Must read! With nail-biting twists at every turn, [Perfect Remains] will have readers gripped from start to finish.’ Closer--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The most gripping crime thriller of 2021 from the bestselling author of books like Perfect Remains--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B08636XJJN
- Publisher : Avon (4 February 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1444 KB
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- Print length : 384 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0008394075
- Best Sellers Rank: 130,988 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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FBI profiler Connie Woolwine and DI Baarda from Police Scotland are investigating the disappearances of three people believed to have been taken by the shadow man. We get conflicting chapters between the police, the three captives and the killer, known as Fergus. At first I was intrigued, but it quickly became apparent this was going to be an erratic story. The POV bounced around too often. I would have preferred more from the police and less from the captives. Elspeth was interesting as I felt she reacted realistically to the situation. Twelve year old Meggy did not. No twelve year old, neglected or otherwise, reacts like that to being kidnapped. Xavier's character was pointless and the story would have served just fine without him.
Connie Woolwine's profiling was the most interesting part, there just wasn't enough of her. Also, I failed to see how she made the connections between the three different victims as killers usually target one specific type of victim ie. adult women, children, etc. With no physical evidence and barely any witnesses I wasn't convinced. I was also really annoyed with her absolute assurance that each victim was still alive right until the end. Sorry, just not convinced. The ending was also extremely far-fetched and I'm sure would have caused a whole host of further issues for the police after the fact.
I did like Dr Woolwine and DI Baarda and I can see them teaming up for a potential series. Connie had a lot of interesting quirks, such as the colour blindness and her penchant for fondling corpses. This was an entertaining, albeit far-fetched, crime novel.
Trigger warning; rape off page.
I’m was tossing up bertween 4 and 5 stars, only because sometimes I felt a sentence just started and I got lost. So I gave it a 5 simply because the story had a different twist on the perpetrator.
American physiologist Connie Woodwine is called in to help track down a kidnapped and so is DI Baarda From Met ops. The two have never worked together before, but they make a compelling pair and are so easy to like. A female is killed and another taken, also a child is taken, then later a man.
How are these connected? Most perpetrators seem to focus on the same type of person, not switching then mo. So are we dealing with one, or maybe two different perpetrators. This is where Connie does her best work at unravelling the puzzle.
The reasons why this is happening will chill you to the bone, be careful, The Shadow man is out there and he is as scary as hell, let’s all hope to not run into him.
Recommended reading. Not your average physco.
Dr Connie Woolwine is a forensic psychologist from the US who has been engaged to consult on the disappearance of Elspeth Dunwoody, the daughter-in-law of a VIP. Connie is an interesting character, very direct and almost abrasive, but she is very outcome focused and has a different take on things because of her achromatic vision (she can only see in shades of grey). She is teamed with DI Baarda and, although it takes a while, they end working together quite well.
The bad guy in this story is a very strange guy indeed. He thinks he’s dying and for some reason feels the need to have a family and for them all to die blissfully together. Well he doesn’t have a family, so what do you do when you don’t have the family you need? Why you just go out and steal one! That’s where Elspeth comes in. And Meggy, and Xavier. Connie is the one who puts it all together and sees the links that no one else does. She is absolutely brilliant. She is also able to get into the bad guy’s head, not a pleasant place to be.
Elspeth is just trying to survive and when Meggy arrives she becomes protective of the 12 year old, well she is a mother with children of her own. Meggy is also a fabulous character, just headstrong enough for a 12 year old and very gutsy. While Connie is working it out she still needs to convince Superintendent Overbeck of the value of her theories. I really liked Overbeck’s character in this book, she is so acerbic! Those of you following the Luc Callanach series will remember her from there.
It becomes a race against time. Connie is convinced the missing people are still alive but is also certain that at some point their situation will become perilous. When an ex-boyfriend of Elspeth’s however posts something on social media Connie knows their time is running out and it’s pedal to the metal trying to find the bad guy’s lair. The ending of this book is explosive, one of the best endings I’ve read! I was literally at the edge of my chair. It was totally unorthodox and totally brilliant! The story never dragged, I cannot recommend this highly enough. And that cover - just gorgeous! Thanks to Netgalley, Avon Books UK and Helen Fields for providing me with a copy to review. My opinions are my own.
It starts with an accidental murder. The Shadow Man is abducting people and keeping them in his home. The police are baffled. No ransoms have come in and the range of victims is so varied they cannot find a pattern. Profiler Connie Woolwine is called in from the US and has her own way of tackling cases. She works with DI Baarda from London to try to stop this man. We hear from 3 points view, the law, the victims and the Shadow Man. The ending is horrific and will shock you.
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A man who suffers from Cotard’s syndrome (that’s a person who believes they're dead) kidnaps people to build a family. An expert in kidnapping is seconded to Edinburgh from the Met to assist Police Scotland solve the kidnappings, along with an American expert psychologist/criminal profiler.
What starts off well declines quite quickly into the realms of silliness. AND it gets worse.
The character of the profiler, Connie, was intriguing; quirky with a natural ability to assess situations and criminals. However, her behaviour towards the finale fell into the daft category. Baader, the detective inspector, was a ‘wheel on, wheel off’ character who basically answered his mobile and gave instructions.
The idea behind the plot was different but frankly, poorly executed.
I wouldn’t recommend this book. I’m not sure what has happened with this author. The first few books of the Perfect series were excellent then dipped into the mundane and this is so unbelievable that I will be wary of reading anymore in the future by Fields.
Another incredible book set in and around Edinburgh, with an amazing cast of characters including Overbeck!!! The pace of the story is fast, the explanation of syndromes is incredible and the frankness and fearlessness of Connie is second to none!
Baada is a very straight talking, intriguing police officer, who lets Connie be herself and doesn’t judge or talk down!
The Shadow Man himself is a character that you want to hate, but you also have a slither of sympathy with the life he led!
A book well worth a read