Phil Price: His Dark Shadow

Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for His Dark Shadow. My review is written with thanks to Zoe O’Farrell and the team at SpellBound Books for inviting me on the blog tour and for my copy of the book.

Blurb:

Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare.
But the way they were taken just compounds his agony



Mike never expected to be in this situation.
He never expected the endless torment that plagued his days and invaded his dreams.

Moving back to his childhood home within a sleepy Shropshire village, Mike hopes to rebuild his shattered life.

However, shadowy figures lie in wait, watching, waiting to see him burn.

Has he forgotten what secrets the past still holds?
He cannot run forever
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Review:

I almost missed the chance to review His Dark Shadow on the blog tour, but I am really glad I had the opportunity. It’s very different to what I expected, but I enjoyed every page. The plot is probably best described as a slow burner, but there is always a lingering sense of foreboding and throughout the novel I was wondering what would happen next. 

His Dark Shadow is set in two different time frames. We begin in 2020 and go back to the beginning of Mike and Alina’s relationship in 2015, gradually moving forward so that by the end of the story, the timelines meet. I was intrigued to learn what had happened in Mike’s past and this structure increased the tension for me. 

Price has created a well observed cast of characters. I warmed to Mike really easily and was rooting for him the whole way through. In contrast, Alina really got under my skin and I was suspicious of everything she did, particularly as the story escalated in the second half of the novel. I also loved the people who made up Mike’s community and the way in which they supported him. 

Through His Dark Shadow, Price explores some important issues such as mental health and domestic violence which feel very current given recent headlines. I appreciate that Price has had the courage to write about these issues and approach them in the way that he has as this gives the reader lots to consider as they read. 

His Dark Shadow is available from Amazon.

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