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The Shadow Friend

(The Shadows)
A novel by


'Hugely atmospheric and deliciously creepy'
Alex Michaelides, bestselling author of The Silent Patient

You think you know your friends. I thought that too . . .

25 years ago, Paul's friend Charlie Crabtree did something truly terrible.

Now, finally returning home, Paul is forced to remember that horrifying day . . .

Because in another town, a copycat killer has struck.
Paul's mother claims she's heard something in the house.
And Paul realises someone is following him.

Which reminds him of the two questions he's never been able to answer:

What really happened to Charlie on the day of the murder?
And can Paul stop it happening again?

'Alex North has outdone himself. The Shadow Friend is the work of a writer who is an absolute master of his craft' Jane Casey

'Echoes of the chilling Slender Man myth' Crime Monthly

Praise for Alex North

'The best crime novel of the decade' Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of Thirteen

'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, no.1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

'Alex North has achieved the seemingly impossible. The Whisper Man is a thriller that is both terrifying and utterly heartbreaking. Mesmerising and masterful'
Mark Billingham

'A dark, creepy, thriller with a huge amount of heart. Damn, but Alex North can write!'
Stuart MacBride

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"Alex North has outdone himself. As terrifying as a great horror novel, as unpredictable as the best type of crime novel and above all beautifully written, The Shadow Friend is the work of a writer who is an absolute master of his craft. I couldn't begin to guess how the story was going to end but I enjoyed every second of the journey." - Jane Casey

"No one does 'Dark with a Heart like Alex North." - Sarah Hilary

"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

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