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Shadowchild by Matthew  Williams
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Jun 05, 2017

it was amazing

Amazing. Disturbing. Haunting. This is a book that I won’t easily or soon forget. It and the author Matthew Williams has branded a part of my psyche with his dark and gripping and evocative tale unlike anything I’ve read. I admit I’m fond of reading about characters who are crazy or disturbed or have the whole ‘supernatural experience’ thing going on (they are just so interesting!) and Mr. Williams did a wonderful job of bringing the chills. I liked that it wasn’t like every other ‘possession’ story out there, and at times had a more surreal, literary bent that goes deeper than your ordinary “I’m this evil thing making a young girl do evil things” type novel. It wasn’t predictable, and I appreciated the originality, especially for being in a genre where so many books seem the same. This one had a fresh, distinctive flavor to it and very cool myth/legend behind the “what” the evil entity exactly is and how it came to be about. Liked that Williams took chances and developed a whole historical angle that played in nicely with the modern world, and how it all tied together. There is lots of killing, plenty of gore and some scenes that I admit I had to rush past because I couldn’t stomach it. But surprisingly nothing ever felt gratuitous for the sake of being ‘shocking’ or ‘gory’. It all made sense with the evil that was occurring at the time. The ending is freaking insane and leaves me very unsettled. And that’s what made this book end perfectly! I’d definitely be interested in reading more from this talented author to see what other terrifying tricks he has up his sleeve. Highly recommend. (Adults only!)
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Matthew Williams Thank you Marcella. I'm so glad you enjoyed my book and wrote such a wonderful review. I think this one will always be one of my favourites :-)

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