The Plot (from Goodreads):
Alex, a single mother-of-two, is determined to make a fresh start for her and her children. In an effort to escape her troubled past, she seeks refuge in a rural community. Pine Ridge is idyllic; the surrounding forests are beautiful and the locals welcoming. Mostly.
But Alex finds that she may have disturbed barely hidden secrets in her new home. As a chain of bizarre events is set off, events eerily familiar to those who have lived there for years, Alex realizes that she and her family might be in greater danger than ever before. And that the only way to protect them all is to confront the shadows lurking in Pine Ridge.
Thank you to Minotaur Books for this gifted copy in exchange for an honest review.
No sophomore slump here–I liked The Shadow House even more than Anna’s previous book, The Safe Place. We meet Alex, a single mom with two children, just as she’s moving to a rural community to give her family a fresh start. The Pine Ridge community gave me culty summer camp vibes, which was the perfect setting for this tense thriller.
The Shadow House was one of those audiobooks that I listened to straight through. The story was perfectly paced, with some well-placed red herrings. While the reader may be able to guess some twists, there is no way they will be able to figure out all the threads. I really enjoyed how the ending came together!
Audio Review: I liked that the author, Anna Downes, read a few passages throughout the book. The other narrator was Natasha Beaumont. I loved the Australian accents. I always think listening to a thriller on audio lends a little more air of suspense to the story, and The Shadow House was no exception.
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