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Shadow's Keep: A Novel

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  50 reviews

”Dark and intense, with an M. Night Shyamalan-level twist.”
~Kristen Mae, bestselling author of the Conch Garden series


Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan doesn’t feel like a detective, at least not like the ones he admires on TV. Not that he needs to be; the small town of Graybel, Mississippi, is a peaceful
Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published August 8th 2018 by Pygmalion Publishing
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Julie (JuJu)
Oct 15, 2019 marked it as to-read
I was thrilled to find out I won a copy of this book (and several others) through the Scary Goods Sweepstakes I entered on Lauren Lee’s Facebook page...and a $50 Amazon gift card! Woohoo . Thank you Meghan O’Flynn and Lauren Lee!! ...more
Jessica Belmont
Nov 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am the kind of person who likes to go into books with little knowledge of what I am about to read. I’m so glad I did this withShadow’s Keep.This is one of those stories that grabs you from the first page and drags you through the woods to the end. So many twists and turns, and shocks, that I’m still reeling from it.

I can’t tell you much about this story, because I really think you should head in blind. I can tell you that I want to read it again. This is a thrill ride and I read it in one day.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed the intensity and dark, mesmerizing creepiness of this novel. I was hooked from the start which made this a quick read for me because the story felt like it took up residence in my mind. I don’t think I will EVER be able to clear my neurons of the mushroom visual -- ick!

There is a definite Gothic tone that works beautifully with the deep southern setting with the backwoods mentality of isolationism. The men with power in the small deeply rural community do not want to involve
Tracy Wilkin
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow's Keep is a novel by Meghan O'Flynn. A first read for me by this author, so this story was like unwrapping a gift. A gift that just kept on giving. The blurb says it all. Desperation, obsession, protection, and much, much more.

William is a detective a little jaded. Things are happening and the evidence doesn't add up. He is desperate to unravel this mystery, so the town can have closure and to bring an end to the violence and loss. Je has a mammoth task ahead. This hits him personally, as
Kristen Mae
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
O'Flynn has become notorious for her shocking twists, and this novel does NOT disappoint -- in fact, it might be my favorite twist. Absolutely did not see this one coming. Beautiful, deeply developed characters too, as usual. This is one of my favorites from O'Flynn.
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read about being different. Deputy Sherriff William Shannahan is a police officer in a small sleepy town in America. His life is changed when he stumble over a mauled body of a kid in the woods whilst out running. Everyone else thinks it is simply a dog attack, but William senses something just isn't right. His fears are confirmed when what was one attack turns into a series of murders even crossing counties. Can he solve the mystery before the killer strikes again?
A great read. Well
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Nov 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Even comparing this book to Girl on the Train or Girl with the Dragon Tattoo doesn’t do it justice. I’m shook. I’m blown away. I’m so confused, or maybe dazzled is the right word? Either way, the room is spinning, and I know that I didn’t drink any Valerian root in my tea… or did someone slip me some?

No, no. This is the real world, where things make sense and I can trust my people… or can I?

I don’t even know anymore. I now live in a
Shadow's Keep: A Novel by Meghan O'Flynn was dark, twisted, shocking and down right amazing!

Not my first read by this author, so I knew going in, that I was in for something crazy. I was not disappointed in the least. After binge reading and watching happy, heart melty Christmas books/movies, I needed this turn into the dark twisty, thriller verse. This book was truly the perfect kick off for the New Year.

There is so much going on in this book that I can't just pick one thing to focus on, nor
Anna Hirsch
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shadow’s Keep by Meghan O’Flynn
4 Stars

This is the first book that I have read from this author. It is a dark, twisted thriller. It shows the measures people will take to protect the ones they love. The author did an amazing job of keeping you constantly on your toes trying to figure out who the killer is. When you think you have figured it out, you realize that you’re wrong. Something happens that throws you for a loop.

The story takes place in the small town of Graybel, Mississippi. A place
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It is always a great and exciting adventure to take whilst reading a novel of Megan O’Flynn’s. There isn’t a book of her’s that I haven’t devoured yet so when I saw the new release blitz for this one I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it! The countdown was one of great anticipation, and Ms. O’Flynn did not disappoint. If you are new to Megan O’Flynn’s work then you are in for a super mind-bending and blood-tingling story that will keep you entertained from the very first words to the epic and ...more
Heather Martin
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

I finished reading Shadow’s Keep by Meghan O’Flynn three days ago and I’m still asking myself, what the heck did I just read? In Shadow’s Keep description it’s called a compulsively readable thriller. I can definitely say that’s an accurate statement.

The main character, sheriff’s deputy, William Shannahan was not necessarily what you’d think of as a leading man. When he
Melissa Agena
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am truly amazed by this author. Everything I read by her keeps getting better and better. Shadow’s Keep by Meghan O’Flynn follows Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan. When he finds the body of a child in the woods while he was running William is determined to find the actual killer, especially when the Medical Examiner advises that the child was killed by a dog. However, this animal would have had to have very large paws and be able to remove the child’s eyes. This story also follows William’s ...more
Laura Furuta
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow's Keep: A Novel
By: Meghan O’Flynn
5 out of 5 stars

The story Shadow's Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn is a thrilling book that I loved reading. It constantly had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Chilling scenes which made tingles go up and down my spines had me wondering if everything is what it seemed to be. I loved reading about the character of Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan. He is a man that can’t fight the feeling that there might be more to the
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Stars

Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn is another fantastic thriller from this creative genius. I have relished every moment that I have spent exploring all her books, and this one is definitely one of my favourites. Ms. O’Flynn has a real knack for creating a story that not only is engrossing and completely holds your attention, but she is able to build gripping tension and heart-pounding suspense- and made me breathless with anticipation.
Ms. O’Flynn has woven a compelling, creepy
Aug 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We read all these small town romances and happily ever afters all sweetness and lollipops and then you have this author who just knocks all of those stereotypes all to hell and back with a book like this. As with the books this authors has provided us in the past it's never simple. This author can't just give us a serial killer she has to do this. I do love Will, the Deputy-Sheriff struggling to do his job without the experience needed to do it well, constantly gauging his actions by the ...more
Becky Baldridge
Nov 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shadow's Keep is even more dark and twisted than I expected. Our protagonist, Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan is likable enough, but seemed somewhat juvenile at times. He tends to rely a little too much on fictional detectives from television and books when thinking about how to act and what to do next. The murders are quite gruesome and the author does go into some graphic details, which may be upsetting to some. I was impressed with the building tension of the story. The chapters alternate ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I give Shadow's Keep: A Novel by Meghan O'Flynn, 4 stars.

Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan struggles. There are many things holding him back. He feels like he is just playing a role. Until the vicious murders begin in their quiet little town. The first one is labeled a dog attack, but William has his doubts. He has a feeling there's more to it. Can he discover what is really going on before even more bodies turn up? Or is it just his imagination, like everyone else seems to think?

This a suspense
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn

5 Stars

I spent a little bit of this book totally confused as to what was going on...when it finally sunk in I was totally hooked. I love this author and her creative storylines. After reading her Ash Park series I was already a forever fan and this one just strengthened that. One of the reasons I love this author so much is because she has taken a genre that I do not read and made me read it and look forward to reading more.

This one creeped me out a bit
Erin Davidson
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shadow’s Keep: A Novel by Meghan O’Flynn is a new thriller suspense book that leaves you chilled to the very core. I mean who doesn’t love a book that begins with a dead body found in the woods, with a cause of death labelled as suspicious. This is why you never go running in the woods, 90% of the time you’ll find a body, the other 10% will be running into spider webs and being eaten alive by bugs.
I found this book a little difficult to get into, as I struggled to understand and sympathise with
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow’s Keep is another mind-bending novel by Meghan O’Flynn. I had read her Ash Park series and The Jilted so I thought I was prepared for it … but I wasn’t … I was not prepared for the depth of darkness and creepiness that had soaked into the fibre of the story … the backwoods mentality … the southern mysticism … the power of white men in small communities … the bodies piling up …
Shadow’s Keep is a true Meghan O’Flynn story – small clues that seem insignificant, the twists and turns, the
Michelle Austin
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow’s Keep: A Novel was a 5 star must read.
Wow, where to start with my review. I was pulled in right from the beginning.

William, who is the sheriff of Graybel happens to come across a body of a child while out in the woods. What appears to be a dog attack, quickly changes into something more sinister. Now that there are more murders in the area, he suspects it may be a serial killer. Will he be able to solve the mystery before anyone else is hurt?

I don’t want to say anything else to give
Katie Kearney
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow's Keep: A Novel By Meghan O'Flynn. This author knows how to write a book that not only keeps you guessing and thinking it also keeps you on the edge of your seat. From page one readers are taking on a dark and twisted journey that will leave you breathless by the end. Feeling like you well and truly been through this story with its characters not just reading from the sidelines. The attention to details is one of my favorite things about this story. And the characters are complex and ...more
Jan 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ibbb-year-3
Shadow’s Keep: A Novel
By Meghan O’Flynn
Rated 4 stars

This story was a shock to me and my mind is still reeling with the possibilities. I never figured this out. This is a perfectly weaved story of suspense. It opens my eyes to a darker side of life. It’s is a typical Meghan O’Flynn book with amazing characters you want to love and shows the harshness of the world and what happens when those two meet.

The characters are light and fluffy on the surface. It's the story behind their smile that get
Tausha Treadway
Jan 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow's Keep by Megan O'Flynn. Let's just begin with Megan O'Flynn has become one of my very favorite authors and I can't wait to read the next book. Her books are amazing and I know when I start one I will not stop until I'm finished. This story was no different. Its the story of Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan in Graybel, Mississippi where the craziest thing that happens is a noise complaint. When a child is found murdered he has to come to the realization there is a killer among them. ...more
Gail Guerrero
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow's Keep by Meghan O'Flynn

Five Stars

I’m so confused. I don’t know if I should be scared or glad over how much I liked this story. This author gives me the chills with every story I read. The writing style was smooth and understandable. I never had to question what I was reading. I usually stay away from booms like this but this author draws me in every time. Every character was well written and played their parts really well. I’m in shock over how it all ended. I’ve always wanted to live in
Erica Fish
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story has me guessing all the way through until the end. Meghan O’Flynn has become one of my favorite authors. She has a way of keeping the hints very subtle and the story moving ahead. If you are not careful you will miss some important parts. There was a couple of sections when I was turning the page and I had to go back and reread the sentence or sentences. The characters are fully developed. This is a very dark twisted novel. I will admit that I was scared out of my mind at times. That ...more
Candida Hopper
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow's Keep: A Novel
By Meghan O'Flynn

Wow this book took me on a dark and thrilling adventure. This isn't the first book I have read by this author so I knew this book would be good and it turned out to be great. The author does an amazing job bringing me into the story so much so that I couldn't put the book down till I finished it. There is definitely an unexpected twist that you won't see coming even if you think you have it figured out. As I'm reading I'm trying to figure out who the killer
Kerry Baker
Jan 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadows Keep by Meghan O’Flynn is an exciting and fast paced novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire way through!
Having read books by Meghan O’Flynn before I knew I was in for a seriously good ride anyway. And the blurb to this book sounded better, in my opinion, than any of her others and it absolutely did not disappoint.
More than once I found myself sat there with my heart pounding, hanging off the edge of my seat, hardly daring to read what would happen next. There was
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-it, have-read
A creature is after young children in the small town of Graybel Mississippi. The medical examiner says it is a dog mauling, but the paw prints are too big and why would a dog take the eyes? Cassie Parker knows all too well about the horrors, she has the scars to prove it. William is the Deputy Sheriff of Graybel. He believes it is a human doing this, and his girl friend Cassie has a son about the same age as the other killed victims. Cassie knows exactly who would do such a thing to a child, but ...more
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shadow's Keep by Meghan O'Flynn is another thrilling read by a great author. I have read other books and sort of knew what to expect but I did not know what to expect completely. The story is well done and had me drawn in quickly. I like reading this author because she delves into dark places and there are always twists and turns. The story is well done and kept me on the edge of my seat. I did not want to put the book down because I wanted to see where the story goes. The characters are ...more
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With books deemed “visceral, haunting, and fully immersive” (New York Times bestseller, Andra Watkins) Meghan O’Flynn has made her mark on the thriller genre. She is the bestselling author of gritty crime novels, including Shadow’s Keep and the Ash Park series, supernatural thrillers including The Jilted, and the Fault Lines short story collection, all of which take readers on the dark, gripping, ...more