Updated: Oct 19, 2021
"You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile--always on the outside of the group..."
Straight from the mind of New York Times Bestselling author, Alex North, this psychological thriller had me flipping through pages faster than any book I've picked up so far this year. Paul Adams, returning to his English boyhood home, must not only come to terms with his dying mother, but with the haunting memories of becoming increasingly conditioned to believe that he and his cohorts, Charlie, Billy, and best friend, James, would escape the woes of adolescence to a land of lucid dreaming.
As Paul reels with the effects of literally walking down "memory lane", Detective Amanda Beck, the secondary protagonist, leads herself on a wild chase from one small town to another, looking for the source of a series of copycat killings that mimic the events of Paul's childhood. As she chases down the mysterious message board user, "CC666" she finds herself getting more and more involved with Paul and the history he wished to leave behind.
Overall, I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking to jump into a Stephen King-type narrative that has a little bit of everything to it. A budding teenage romance, terrifying moments in the deep woods, also known as The Shadows, behind Paul's home, and the mystery left unsolved of what exactly happened to the now vanished Crabtree all those years ago will have you on the edge of your seat from start to end.