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  • Published: 15 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781405939287
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $39.99

The Shadow Friend




An outstanding new thriller from Alex North, author of THE WHISPER MAN - gripping, moving and brilliantly creepy

Twenty-five years ago, troubled teenager Charlie Crabtree committed a shocking and unprovoked murder.

On the darkest corners of the internet, plenty of people still remember what happened: Charlie's crime has attracted a dark infamy.

Paul Adams can remember the case too - Charlie and his victim were his friends.

Paul left town as soon as he could, and he's never gone back. But then his mother, old and senile, takes a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it's time to come home.

It's not long before things start to go wrong. In the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. His mother is distressed, insistent that there's something in the house. Someone is following him.

Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.

It wasn't just the murder.

It was the fact that afterwards, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again...

  • Pub date: 15 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781405939287
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 368
  • RRP: $39.99

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Praise for The Shadow Friend

“The best crime novel of the decade”

Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of Thirteen

“First it's spooky. Then it's scary. Then it's terrifying. And then . . . well, dear reader, proceed at your own risk. An ambitious, deeply satisfying thriller - a seamless blend of Harlan Coben, Stephen King, and Thomas Harris. My flesh is still crawling”

A. J. Finn, no.1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window

“Alex North has achieved the seemingly impossible. The Whisper Man is a thriller that is both terrifying and utterly heartbreaking. Mesmerising and masterful”

Mark Billingham

“A dark, creepy, thriller with a huge amount of heart. Damn, but Alex North can write!”

Stuart MacBride


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