The Shadow Man by Helen Fields – Book Review

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields – Book Review

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields

The Shadow Man

Author – Helen Fields
Publisher – Avon
Pages – 400
Released – 4th February 2021
ISBN-13 – 978-0008379308
Format – ebook, paperback, audio
Rating – 5 Stars
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Synopsis

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.

Review by Stacey

The Shadow Man is a creepy and all too realistic thriller, set in Edinburgh, that will have you on the edge of your seat wondering what dying Fergus is about to do next. He has this belief that to please his deceased mother before he dies he needs to be married and have children, however, he doesn’t have time to go through the motions, so he takes things to the extreme and kidnaps his ideal family.

The plot is gripping and from Fergus’s very first victim who doesn’t do as he asks and ends up dead to the woman he kidnaps to become his wife and makes her pretend to marry him. To the two people he kidnaps to be his children, Twelve-year-old Meggy and Xavier who is disabled. His victims are just normal people, living their own lives not realising that he has been watching them and selecting the perfect time to pounce.

His three victims are locked in a windowless flat with no way to escape and no tools or furniture to break to make weapons from. They know that they have to play along with him as going against him could mean they end up dead.

On the outside is American Forensic Psychologist Connie who has been brought it to find the kidnapper and Detective Baarda who has been sent to Edinburgh to work with Connie on the case.

I absolutely adored the book. Fergus was pure evil and didn’t care about anyone as long as he was getting what he wanted. Connie is a fabulous character who has a condition called achromatopsia, meaning she can only see in black and white. Her analysis was wonderful to watch and she has a great relationship with DI Baarda. His three victims were as I imagined they would be, scared, trying to survive but it was Meggy who stole the show with her attitude of she wasn’t going to be locked in someplace forever, she needed to escape and she was willing to put her life on the line to get out.

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Author Info

Helen Fields The Shadow Man

With a background as both a prosecutor and defence cousel, Helen Fields has a depth of knowledge about crime that lends a fierceness to her writing. From Courts Martials to care proceedings, the Coroner Courts to the Crown Court, Fields draws on her professional years for the extraordinary colour and texture that makes her writing jump off the page.

Twice long-listed for the McIllvanney Scottish Crime Book of the Year, and a multi-bestselling author whose books have been translated across the globe, Fields consistently produces high impact, compelling novels that readers love.

The ‘Perfect’ series, set in Edinburgh, introduced the world to DI Luc Callanach.

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8 Responses

  1. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds divinely twisty – lovely review!

  2. This sounds deliciously wicked! I’ll have to put it on my list! Great review!

  3. Excellent review. Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. vidya says:

    so dark and creepy; I need to keep this in mind for when I am in the mood for such a read..