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The Shadows: A Novel by [Alex North]
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One of the main characters in The Shadows — DI Amanda Beck — was a minor character in The Whisper Man; the main setting in both books is about 100 miles apart. What made you decide to write these two stories in the same fictional world?

The events at the end of The Whisper Man leave Amanda slightly adrift, and I decided to use one of the themes of The Shadows — the legacies passed on from one generation to the next — to see if I could resolve things a little for her. Like Paul, at the start of the book she has her own issues with the past that need to be addressed.

Lucid dreams play a major role in your new book. What is your experience with lucid dreaming?

Lucid dreams are when you ‘wake up’ in a dream while remaining asleep. I was obsessed with them as a teenager, and have remained so to an extent as an adult. The appeal was always the idea of escape: of being in control of the world and able to do anything you want.

One of the key things is keeping a dream diary, which I have done intermittently over the years, but which is ultimately a bit more work than I’m prepared to put in. These days, having a lucid dream is a nice surprise once in a while, but I don’t chase them anymore. That said, I thought they were fertile ground to explore — that isolated teenage boys in a drab community might seize on them as means of escape. And that things could become sinister very quickly, especially if one of them began manipulating the others.

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Praise for THE SHADOWS

"This is absorbing, headlong reading, a play on classic horror with an inventiveness of its own... As with all the best illusions, you are left feeling not tricked, but full of wonder."
The New York Times

"If you liked The Whisper Man, you’ll love this. Alex North has crafted a second novel which is just as gripping as his first and even scarier. Hugely atmospheric and deliciously creepy, it’s about how the past encroaches on the present, and how dreaming influences reality, until in the frightening world of The Shadows, it becomes harder and harder to tell one from the other... and the nightmare takes over."
– Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient

"North follows up his sensational debut, 2019's The Whisper Man, with another terrifying spine-tingler... This heart-pounding page-turner is impossible to put down."
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Expect to be electrified by the author’s total mastery of misdirection. This second stunning thriller firmly establishes North as a rapturous teller of tales."
Booklist (starred review)

"Before this twisty story ends, there are many surprises....a successful, creepy thriller. If you like Stephen King, you’ll probably like North’s new thriller, too.
Library Journal


“Works beautifully… If you like being terrified, The Whisper Man has your name on it.”
The New York Times (Editor’s Pick)

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Poignant and terrifying…Take a deep breath before diving into this one.”
Entertainment Weekly

“Brilliant…an affirmation of the power of the father-son relationship…will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King.”
Booklist (starred review)

“A terrifying page-turner with the complexities of fatherhood at its core.”
Kirkus Reviews

“A powerful and scary story that will haunt readers long after the final page is turned.”
Library Journal

“First it’s spooky. Then it’s scary. Then it’s terrifying. And then… well, dear reader, proceed at your own risk. An ambitious, deeply satisfying thriller―a seamless blend of Harlan Coben, Stephen King, and Thomas Harris. My flesh is still crawling.”
– A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

--This text refers to the paperback edition.

About the Author

Alex North is the internationally bestselling author of The Whisper Man and The Shadows. He lives in Leeds, England, with his wife and son, and is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

Product details

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B081LWR5PM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Celadon Books (July 7, 2020)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 7, 2020
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 2702 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 338 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 1250771900
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
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Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son. The Whisper Man was inspired by North's own little boy, who mentioned one day that he was playing with &quot;the boy in the floor.&quot; Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name. javascript:void(0)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing, atmospheric thriller!
Reviewed in Australia on June 19, 2021
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but nothing like The Whisper Man
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2.0 out of 5 stars Tough going
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read
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