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Shadow of a Doubt: The twisty psychological thriller inspired by a real life story that will keep you reading long into the night

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Published November 12th 2020
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Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Cara Belling was nine years old when she was accused of suffocating and killing her six-year-old brother Matty. She claimed her innocence and said that it was a ghost called Limey Stan who killed her brother and haunted the family home. For her crime as she was too young to be convicted of a crime, she went into a Psychiatric unit for two years for being delusional and then went into foster care thereafter.
Twenty-five years later Cara returns to her hometown of Heldean. She hasn’t been near her
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shadow of a Doubt is a psychological thriller by Michelle Davies. From the prologue until the very last chapter a fog like heaviness sat on my shoulders, a weight that I couldn’t lift. Throughout the book there were brief moments where I thought the fog was lifting only for it to push down harder, Intensifying the sick like feeling in the pit of my stomach, the nervous tension stayed with me throughout.

At the heart of Shadow of a Doubt is a family whose lives were torn apart after eight year ol
Jacob Collins
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shadow of a Doubt by Michelle Davies is a creepy psychological thriller opening with a chilling prologue. It gripped me right from the first page. I have previously read Michelle Davies’s DC Maggie Neville series, which I have really enjoyed, so I was intrigued to find out that she was bringing out a standalone. I’m pleased to say that my high expectations for Shadow of a Doubt were met and I loved it.

We meet Cara, who has had a dark cloud hanging over her since she was very small. Now in her th
Zoé-lee O'farrell
I have 6 words and two sentences which will sum up this book.

What A Book


It blew me away

I love everything to do with ghosts and so when the email landed in my inbox about this book well I wasn’t going to say no. I mean an unknown entity called Limey Stan, a child murdered and someone else blamed for it.

I was on day 3 of a migraine when I picked this up, I wanted a distraction, yes I know I should be resting but I thought oh one chapter won’t hurt. Well, one chapter turned into 50% of the book
Natalie "Curling up with a Coffee and a Kindle" Rampling
Okay, this was BRILLIANT.
I was even ready with my laptop out as I was reading the last few pages because I couldn't wait to write up this review!
An intriguing plot, with a fabulous protagonist which both tugged at my heart strings and got my heart racing simultaneously!
There was a lot of characters and usually I would struggle with keeping track, but Davies had me covered throughout.
I honestly suspected things were not as they seemed and every single main character gave me food for thought unti
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book has a little bit of everything I like in a book - mystery, suspense and chills. From the off you get that sense of threat, os something lurking in the shadows that goes well beyond a young child's imagination, and how right that is. Setting you on edge from that very first chapter, Michelle Davies takes us on a journey full of secrets and suspicion that kept me intrigued right to the last page.|

Talk about your complicated characters though. Cara is someone who it took time to get to li
Rachel Bridgeman
Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: feb-21
I honestly thought I was reading a horror novel, from the gripping and frightening opener to the very last page, Limey Stan became something that haunts not just Cara, but also the reader.

After being found responsible for the death of her 6 year old brother, Cara was first sent to a psychiatric unit, and then foster care when her mother refused to have her back in the family home.

Re-inventing herself and carving a career under another name, she is stepping into her own adult identity, and then h
Megan Jones
Nov 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The whole world believed nine-year-old Cara killed her younger brother on that fateful night. But she blamed it on a paranormal entity she swears was haunting her house. No one believed her and after two years of treatment in a psychiatric unit for delusional disorder, Cara was shunned by her remaining family and put into foster care. Now she's being forced to return to the family home for the first time since her brother's death, but what if she's about to re-discover the evil that was lurking ...more
Lucy Cotterill
Feb 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thanks to NetGalley, Orion Publishing Group and Michelle Davies for the advance review copy of Shadow of a Doubt.

As a 9 year old girl, Cara Belling was sent to a psychiatric ward and began a life in foster care, accused of murdering her younger brother Matty, who was suffocated by a curtain in th living room of their family home, To this day, Cara protests her innocence; stating that Matty was actually killed by a ghost called Limey Stan who had been haunting their house for years.

26 years later
Karen Mace
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ooh now that's a book that is going to be hard to forget!! Might even have to sleep with the lights on for a while longer after the presence of 'Limey Stan' has entered my subconscious!!! I'm listening out for every little noise now wondering if he's here visiting.....

This book starts with the chilling opening of what happened that night when little Matty, the brother of Cara, got murdered in their home. Cara was blamed for the crime and sent away to hospital for 2 years to help her recover from
Charlie Morris
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, arc, reviewed
Shadow Of A Doubt is a gripping thriller with an intriguing plot that will keep you racing through, desperate to find out the truth.

With a brooding mystery that drives the story forward, it’s an immensely shocking story full of secrets and suspicions. Even before you find anything out, the concept itself is quite upsetting as it deals with the death of a young boy and the distraught family left behind. And whether Cara is lying and mentally suffering or she’s telling the truth, wrongly accused a
Nat Eveleigh
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book.

The story centres around Cara, who is now in her thirties. But when she was nine she killed her six year old brother, Matty. She claimed innocence, and kept reiterating a ghost called Limey Stan had actually killed her brother. She was sent to a psychiatric unit for two years, as she was too young to be convicted of the crime. After her two years in psychiatric care for being delusional, she was cared for by foster carers, as
Gayle Noble
Twenty-five years ago, Cara was sent to a secure psychiatric unit after her younger brother, Matty, was smothered to death. Even though Cara maintained her innocence and said that a ghost called Limey Stan who has been haunting the family home was guilty, Cara spent the rest of her childhood and teenage years in foster care. Now, her mother has died (her father died earlier in a car accident) and Cara returns to her hometown for the will reading where she is shocked to find that her mother has l ...more
Feb 04, 2021 rated it liked it
A good 3-star suspense thriller.

Mini-review below:
- I’m unsure why but this really makes me think of The Girl on the Train, even though it’s not similar at all 😂🤷🏼‍♀️
- this has a really great plot, especially if you dont read many thrillers - it has a spookiness about it as I can totally see why the reviews are all “jaw-dropping” etc. Whilst I did find it unpredictable, I also wasn’t shocked, if that makes sense? Like it slowly creeps up on you and all makes sense and is fairly (worryingly) rea
Angela  Mellor
Feb 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shadow Of A Doubt is a real twisty read and to think it is inspired by a true story is quite awful to think a young girl suffered like this.
Cara is nine years old and believes their house is being haunted by a ghost called Limey Stan. She hatched a plan with her younger brother, Matty, to catch the ghost in action. But that night a tragic event occurs and Matty is strangled by the curtains in the living room. Cara says it is Limey Stan but she is thought to be the murderer. Because of her age sh
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Plot: Twenty-five years ago my brother was murdered in my family home. I was sent to a psychiatric unit for killing him. The truth is I didn't do it...
An intriguing tale, brimming with secrets and suspicions that will keep you engaged until the reveal (I was not expecting that!).

Chilling and heartbreaking in equal measure, the grief of the family left behind it packs an emotional punch as well.

It wasn't quite as chilling, heart racing as I was hoping it to be, but that is just me and my dark, tw
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This story is about Cara. At the age of 9 she was accused of killing her little brother. Cara blamed a ghost called Limey Stan. As a result Cara was sent to a hospital where she was treated for a mental illness. When she was released she went into care. As an adult her mother dies and much to her surprise leaves the house to her. Cara decides she needs to stay in the house and find out the truth as to what happened all
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a brilliantly complex plot, effortlessly unhurried but very engaging and I never guessed, not once!

This was a disturbing and twisted storyline and I am so impressed that the author was able to lay so many lines and tie them all neatly together at the end. The characters were absorbing and real, I felt empathy and confusion but was able to move on with them as the storyline changed the narrative.

A definite 5 stars from me - Michelle Davies really knows how to write and keep you interest
Nicola McPherson
Feb 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Louise Mullins
Feb 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
A relatively good novel. It blends the belief in the paranormal with science fact and the slight of hand and twists as the reader learns what really happened and who actually did it is very well executed. I did think bits of it dragged though. I think it could easily have been sharpened up in an edit to make a packet read.
Laura- Jayne  Breed
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Definitely a five star read

I enjoyed this book immensely, it was interesting and intense. I recommend you all read it! Was gratified to learn that it was inspired by a Radio Four show with Sue McGregor
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
What can I say about this book ? I quite enjoyed it, but I wouldn’t bill it as a ghost story or horror. I didn’t find it spooky in the slightest, I wasn’t scared at all and I read most of it in one night in the dark. It’s story is good but I thought it a thriller.
Meg Terzza
Mar 04, 2021 rated it liked it
I’m usually not a fan of this genre as I either find the twists too predictable or too out of the blue, but I really loved the way Michelle Davies weaved all of the threads together. The cast of characters were all different and distinct without being unrealistic, and Cara was such a lovable narrator
Jan 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great book to start the year with. A really interesting mystery that's not like any other. ...more
Zoe M
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book was a real page turner. For such a young child to carry that on her shoulders. Loved the writing style it had lots of twists and a lot of emotion. Quite chilling but I was hooked within the first chapter. I loved it. I haven't read anything by this author before but I will looking out for more. ...more
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Michelle Davies was born in Middlesex in 1972, raised in Buckinghamshire and now lives in north London.

Her debut crime novel, Gone Astray, was published in 2016 and features Family Liaison Officer DC Maggie Neville as its central police character. Gone Astray was part of a two-book deal with Pan Macmillan and the follow-up, Wrong Place, also featuring Maggie, is out now. Her third in the series, F

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