Idyllic memories. A perfect childhood. A secret buried for thirty years.
None of us could remember why we drifted apart – we were always so close at school but then… you know. That was thirty years ago, and I hadn’t thought of my school friends in all that time – it was like I’d been made to forget.
And then the dreams started. Dreams that I knew I’d had before. Horrific dreams of fear and fire and death. Dreams of the Shadow Man, a ghostly urban legend who seemed to hang over my home village like an evil spirit. I’d begun to remember, my memories of back then becoming two-dimensional – a lie to mask what really happened – and I knew we’d have to go back. Back to Janey, because she never left.
What did happen to us back then, and do we really want to know? And what about the supernatural horror lurking in the shadows – could we face the Shadow Man again?
The Shadow Man by Mark Brownless is a psychological horror thriller.
I found this to be a fast paced, gripping, nail biter of a thriller that will keep you on edge from start to finish.
There are some similarities to Stephen King’s, IT, bit without Pennywise but set in Lincolnshire, UK.
A group of young friends experienced some horrific events one summer, but they have since forgotten them…a form of selective amnesia……but then 30 years later the dreams begin.
So, Philippa, Sally, Clara and Katie return to their home village to meet with Jamey, who had never left.
Their memories then start to return and they remember the Shadow Man and the burnings…..
“The Shadow Man comes out at night
The Shadow Man in plain sight
The Shadow Man is gone by dawn
Taking souls for us to mourn”
Has the Shadow Man returned after 30 years?
Can the women put an end to this ? Will they all survive ? Or will The Shadow Man burn some more?
I loved the believable characters, the relationship between the friends and the interaction between them and the banter and insults they trade felt so familiar and real.
This is an utterly compelling read, the creepy Shadow Man is a thing of nightmares and I’m going to be very wary of looking out of the window at night for a long time!! !(even without the ‘shrooms). If you like horror and a creepy thriller then you’ll love this.
Thank you to Anne Cater and Random Things Tours for the opportunity to participate in this blog tour and for the promotional materials and a free copy of the book and this is my honest, unbiased review.
You can buy a copy here
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Mark Brownless lives and works in Carmarthen, West Wales.
He has been putting ideas on paper for some years now but only when the idea for THE HAND OF AN ANGEL came to him in the autumn of 2015 did he know he might be able to write a book. Mark likes to write about ordinary people being placed in extraordinary circumstances, is fascinated by unexplained phenomena, and enjoys merging thriller, science fiction and horror.
Mark’s new novel, The Shadow Man is a terrifying horror thriller imagining what would happen if you found out the memories of your childhood were untrue, and that something sinister was lurking behind the facade of your life. Could you face what had happened back then? Could you face The Shadow Man.
Mark is also fascinated by myths and legends such as those of Robin Hood and King Arthur. This has culminated in the release of his short story series, Locksley, a Robin Hood story.
Website : http://www.markbrownless.com/
Twitter : @MarkBrownless
The Shadow Man by Mark Brownless
- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: Independently published (21 April 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1093368896
- ISBN-13: 978-1093368895