The Shadow Man by Helen Fields. (2021).
**2.5 out of 5 stars**
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.
Okay so apparently this is one of those books which everyone else read and thought was fantastic and I read and thought…eh, it’s okay I guess. Perhaps I was in the wrong mood for it, I’m not sure. I just didn’t really like anyone’s personalities much really. None of them felt like real people to me, their attitudes felt either odd, exaggerated, or overly dramatic. That description includes basically every character, main and secondary alike. I did kind of like Connie and Detective Inspector Baarda. Buuuut, Connie would be quite weird sometimes and I felt like Baarda never really got explored as a character so that was off-putting for me. I get the feeling this will be an ongoing series so I’m sure this will be addressed in future novels if that’s the case. The storyline itself was unique and thus somewhat intriguing; I appreciated the unusual aspects related to the perpetrator.
Overall: not one for me and not one I’d personally recommend, but many readers seem really keen on it so it’s worth reading if the synopsis interests you.