Author: Helen Fields

Narrator: Robin Laing and Cathleen McCarron

Publication Date: February 4, 2021

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Book Descripton

The brand new crime thriller from the bestselling author of the Perfect series – Helen Fields is back with her first stand-alone novel!

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.

Helen Fields is back with a heart-pounding new book, perfect for fans of Cara Hunter and Stuart MacBride

Book Review

The Shadow Man by Helen Fields is a unique thriller.

Elspeth is taken and locked in a flat. Then, Meggie is taken and joins her. They both are trying to figure out how to escape. The man that took them brings them food and spends time with them. He calls Elspeth his wife and Meggie his daughter. They don’t know when he will visit or where he goes when he leaves. Then Xavier is brought into the flat. The man calls Xavier his brother. Elspeth, Meggie, and Xavier are trying to figure out how to escape without getting caught. Connie, a forensic psychologist, and DI Brodie Baarda are trying to find Elspeth, Meggie and Xavier before it’s too late. They are trying to find a connection between the missing people to discover his motives. Will they find Elspeth, Meggie, and Xavier in time? Will Elspeth, Meggie and Xavier escape?

The Shadow Man is an interesting and unique thriller. Elspeth, Meggie, and Xavier are stuck in a flat together. The man that took them calls them his family. Everyone reacts differently to being held captive. I found it interesting seeing how the different characters tried to escape and how they reacted to their captor. They all found different ways to survive. The man that took them, “the shadow man”, is struggling with mental health. Parts of the story are told from his perspective which was interesting. There were some parts of The Shadow Man that I found confusing but everything was revealed by the end of the book. Connie is a very interesting character and brings so much depth to the story. The end was very intense and stressful in a good way. The ending was definitely my favorite part of the book.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Robin Laing and Cathleen McCarron and thought they did a good job. I also read the ebook and enjoyed both formats.

Thank you Avon Books UK, Harper Audio, and NetGalley for The Shadow Man.

About the Author


A former criminal and family law barrister, Helen Fields has the expertise and experience to make the characters and plots scorch with authenticity. 

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. This year saw the release of Degrees of Guilt, her first psychological thriller in the name HS Chandler, a book as shockingly realistic as it is darkly entertaining.  

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7 thoughts on “Book Review: The Shadow Man

  1. Great review! I’m really looking forward to picking this one up. I’m just finishing up with The Secret of Dartwood Manor at the moment which I am really enjoying, only a few chapters left! I don’t know when ill get a chance to read this one but it is sitting on the mountain waiting for me! ♥

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