CJ's Reviews > Shadowchild
May 07, 2017
"Shadowchild” is the second book I’ve read from this author Matthew Williams, and it is just as horrifying and gruesome and captivating as his other book, “The Shady Corner”, but in a totally different way. Williams has a strong talent for really putting us inside the story and giving really complex and interesting history/backstory and events, and his attention to character detail. There are some time jumps that confused me a bit (not too badly though) and there were some characters that I thought weren’t actually necessary at all (didn’t end up being at all important), but for the most part it was easy to read and follow through the different times, and had some really shocking and unpredictable twists (like with Simon – did not see that coming!). Not only is it a frighteningly good story with a cool “mystery” (what the evil entity really is and why/how) I liked it for so many different reasons: first the writing was great. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to lose yourself in. There are enough descriptions where you can visualize everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before, and the interweaving plotlines were complex enough to keep me interested and engaged, but no so much where you get confused (other than the occasional time lapse), and it was genuinely creepy and frightening with a cool historical/paranormal element. A great book that will stay with me for a long time. Can see fans of horror loving this one. Adults only.
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May 7, 2017 – Shelved