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Shadow Man By Alan Drew Shadow Man What Dennis Lehane does for Boston Alan Drew does for Southern California in this gritty thriller about an idyllic community rocked by a serial killer and a dark secret Detective Ben Wade has returne

  • Title: Shadow Man
  • Author: Alan Drew
  • ISBN: 9781400067800
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Shadow Man By Alan Drew What Dennis Lehane does for Boston, Alan Drew does for Southern California in this gritty thriller about an idyllic community rocked by a serial killer and a dark secret.Detective Ben Wade has returned to his California hometown of Rancho Santa Elena for a quieter life Suddenly the town, with its peaceful streets and excellent public schools, finds itself at the mercy ofWhat Dennis Lehane does for Boston, Alan Drew does for Southern California in this gritty thriller about an idyllic community rocked by a serial killer and a dark secret.Detective Ben Wade has returned to his California hometown of Rancho Santa Elena for a quieter life Suddenly the town, with its peaceful streets and excellent public schools, finds itself at the mercy of a serial killer who slips through windows and screen doors, shattering illusions of safety As Ben and forensic specialist Natasha Betencourt struggle to stay one step ahead of the killer, Ben s own world is rocked again by a teen s suicide Ben must decide how far he is willing to go, and how much he will risk, to rescue the town from a long buried secret, as well as from a psychotic murderer.With eerie, chilling, fine prose, Alan Drew brings us into the treacherous underbelly of a suburban California town in this brilliant novel of suspense about a man, and a community, confronted with the heart of human darkness.
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    1. Larry H on said:

      I m between 4 and 4.5 stars here I have Carol to thank for this one Shadow Man begins with the somewhat paranoid musings of a person as they set out to murder a woman who is alone in her home, cooking dinner and unaware of what fate is about to befall her When police detective Ben Wade is called by a friend to assist with the murder investigation, it s not long before all involved realize that Southern California might have a serial killer on their hands, one with a penchant for strangulation, f [...]

    2. Mary Beth on said:

      3.5I won this in a GoodReads Book Giveaway I enjoyed this book but the marketing department really had poor marketing in this book They marketed it as a thriller and also said it was very suspenseful To me it wasn t either of these and I must of missed the suspense.Lucky a Good Reads friend warned me before I read it because if she didn t I would of been angry I have to say though that this is of a literary novel and it was beautifully written It is nothing like this book that I just loved and [...]

    3. Esil on said:

      Shadow Man crept up on me At first it seemed a bit ordinary, but as I got immersed in the story, it really got my attention Set in the mid 1980s in Southern California, Shadow Man features police officer Ben Wade A spate of murders suggest that a serial killers is at work in this usually quiet community As the story unfolds, it becomes clear that Ben is deeply enmeshed in some complex and disturbing dynamics in the town What makes this book stand out is Ben s character, and some of the moral and [...]

    4. Carol on said:

      With sincere appreciation to Edelweiss, Random House and Alan Drew for granting the e galley of Shadow Man to be published May 23, 2017.The serial killer is perfectly cast as an eerie formation, shapeless but leaving slivers of self as he slips in and out of windows in Southern California Shadow Man, a dark and psychologically compelling presence that threatens the perception of safety in your home Detective Ben Wade s quiet existence in Rancho Santa Elena is shattered when several horrific murd [...]

    5. Miriam Smith on said:

      Shadow Man by Alan Drew is a suspenseful and entertaining thriller that I really enjoyed reading from start to finish.Although not the sadistic, psychotic serial killer book some maybe expecting but still a very well written crime book that s as much a character driven story as a murder one It has your typical mixed up and troubled serial killer, the actual murders as they happen, dead bodies, the chase to catch the killer before he strikes again and a detective who has his own deep, dark, long [...]

    6. Sandy on said:

      3.5 starsWhen I read the publicity blurb for this book, it immediately ticked all the boxes for me Thriller Excellent Set in the 1980 s Cool Compared to Dennis Lehane Hand it over.But spite an eek inducing prologue, what we have here is a book that is being marketed to appeal to thriller fans which IMHO does a disservice to the author This is a beautifully written story about a broken man trying to come to terms with his past He just happens to be a cop involved in the search for a serial killer [...]

    7. Maureen Carden on said:

      F 4 s flying overhead, watching VHS movies, wait wait don t tell me that I m confused Then I get it, this book is set in the ever expanding L.A suburbs of 1986 Not a conceit, this is important What some of the characters have to finally do would have been SO much harder back in the 1980s and would take a much larger measure of courage.This book is all about victims the woman laying on her kitchen floor, the young, promising, unclaimed, and undocumented boy lying in the strawberry fields, and the [...]

    8. Darcia Helle on said:

      I ve finished this book, clearly, since I m here writing a review Now I m trying to come up with the right words, which I m finding a challenge, because, while I enjoyed aspects of the story, I m also supremely irritated First, I ll tell you that the writing is good Alan Drew is a talented guy But I m thinking that he has his genre wrong Or the marketing is wrong This book is not at all what it claims to be.Within the first line of the book s description, in bold type.ty thriller about an idylli [...]

    9. Kristy on said:

      Detective Ben Wade and his then wife, Rachel, returned to their hometown of Rancho Santa Elena for a peaceful, safe life for themselves and their daughter After all, as a detective, Ben knows the darker side of life But even the idyllic California community couldn t save his marriage with Rachel his high school sweetheart and now the two are divorced and jointly raising their teenage daughter, Emma And, for the most part, Ben s career is pretty dull nothing like his old LA one That all changes w [...]

    10. Sara on said:

      I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Shadow Man, on a basic level, tells the story of a serial killer and the man who tries to catch him But on a deeper level, this is the story of a broken and troubled man, and his desire to right the wrongs of his past This is wonderfully written, but I believe calling it a thriller does not do the book any justice The pace isn t fast, as you would expect from a thriller It s slow, with lots of character development It s a literary w [...]

    11. Eva on said:

      I d never heard of Alan Drew before but when I read the description of the book and saw mention of a serial killer slipping through windows and screen doors, I jumped at the opportunity to read and review Shadow Man Imagine my surprise and absolute delight when I discovered that this book is about so much than just a creepy psychopath In fact, that bit could very much be considered almost irrelevant.Set in the 80 s, Ben Wade moved his family back to his hometown in an attempt to save his marria [...]

    12. Liz on said:

      This is not your typical police procedural One of the first things I read about Alan Drew is that he graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop and teaches creative writing at Villanova It shows This book may be pegged as a mystery, but it s a beautifully written one His phrasing takes you right to the various places, whether it s the ridge of an Orange County mountain overlooking the ocean or the Beach itself ese were swells that seemed to carry the whole weight of the Pacific in their walls, and [...]

    13. Selena on said:

      Absolutely Chilling A must read Once you start reading you can t put it down.

    14. Rachel Hall on said:

      Billed as a gritty thriller about an idyllic community rocked by a serial killer potential readers will undoubtedly presume that the Shadow Man of the title refers to a psychotic murderer on the loose However despite this novel featuring a serial killer ominously dubbed the Night Prowler, the looming shadows could also be interpreted as the demons that haunt former LAPD detective Ben Wade and the secrets of his dark past when he returns to his rural childhood home in Southern California So altho [...]

    15. Annie ~ The Misstery on said:

      This book wasn t what I expected at all, in a good way Shadow Man is a contemporary drama and a mystery of sorts as well, although I wouldn t say that the crime aspect is the main aspect of the story Those looking for a fast paced thriller won t find it here However, if you re willing to give it a chance, I think you could end up really enjoying this little gem.I warmed up to Ben Wade from the very beginning Since that first scene with his daughter, I was sold I loved their interaction I highly [...]

    16. Liz Barnsley on said:

      Shadow Man was an excellent read, atmospheric, great scene setting and a slow burner of a literary thriller that is entirely character driven.I think, to be honest, that the term Serial Killer Thriller is probably a promotional mistake because that tagline promises something that Shadow Man doesn t really deliver Yes there is a serial killer at work here but that is almost in the way of background noise, a defining set of events that allows Alan Drew to explore his characters motivations, person [...]

    17. Debra on said:

      Shadow man begins as a serial killer is watching a woman preparing her evening meal completely unaware that she is being watched Detective Ben Wade is called in to assist in the investigation It quickly becomes evident that this quiet Southern California town now has a serial killer who is adept at being still, quietly waiting to sneak undetected into the homes of his victims Assisted by medical examiner, Natasha Betencourt, Detective Ben Wade attempts to solve this crime, when the body of an il [...]

    18. Bonnie Brody on said:

      I found this book to be much than a mystery thriller It is a literary novel that takes on social issues while providing extensive and well developed characterizations and plot It is a difficult book to read because the topics tackled are ones that are close to society s heart but rest in the dark side of the soul No bones about it it is a page turner but it is one with heft and depth.Ben Wade is a detective in a small southern California town just outside of Los Angeles It once was a cowboy s h [...]

    19. Tucker on said:

      Shadow Man contains many of the familiar components of police procedurals an unhappily divorced cop raising a daughter with his ex wife, the lingering effects of a shooting, cross jurisdictional conflicts, and glimpses inside a serial killer s mind But Alan Drew presents them in an entirely fresh and welcome manner Since the absorbing plot is described well in other reviews, my review focuses on what made Shadow Man a standout in other areas Drew s sense of place in writing about 1980 s Southern [...]

    20. Nancy McFarlane on said:

      Shadow Man is supposed to be the story of a serial killer who was horribly abused as a child and the efforts of the police to track him down and keep him from killing others However, the book is really about Ben Wade Ben Wade is one of the detectives on the case and while the victims of the serial killer affect him greatly and he gives his all to catch him, it is the apparent suicide of a young teenager that really shakes up his world Much than just a search for a killer, Shadow Man is about ot [...]

    21. Renee ( on said:

      You can find all my reviews at itsbooktalkI would give this a solid 3.5 starsSo I literally didn t make it past the first paragraph of the blurb before I was hitting the request button on netgalley.Dennis Lehane love him , gritty thriller, serial killer and a dark secret done, and done I needed this book Also, what the blurb doesn t tell you is that it s set in the 80 s which is another must read factor for me so I was all about this book needless to say After the first forty pages or so I began [...]

    22. BabeOBooks on said:

      SHADOW MAN is everything a good detective story should be The killer is not cartoonish if fact many readers will feel compassion for him Detective Ben Wade is human, rather than superhuman, and engages in believable police work The book follows two story lines Wade tries to catch the killer but also is confronted with his own flawed past and has to face up to it No spoilers, but the parallels between the two stories will make the reader sympathize and root for Wade It would be a delight to read [...]

    23. Kathy on said:

      Full disclosure I won Shadow Man in a giveaway I was very excited to win a book, since I ve been a member since 2012 and enter giveaways on a regular basis In my honest review, I can say that I m glad I won such a great, thrilling read Shadow Man was much than a serial killer suspense novel One review I ve read since finishing the book describes Southern California so well described that it is almost a character of its own and I couldn t agree Alan Drew s writing is so descriptive and in depth [...]

    24. Michelle on said:

      My thanks to NetGalley and Random House Publishing Group for an ARC of Shadow Man by Alan Drew, in exchange for an honest review.After getting shot, Detective Ben Wade moved from Los Angeles back to his hometown in Orange County, where crime is dramatically lower, and where he hoped to save his strained marriage But there is a killer who has been relying on the community s sense of safety to slip unseen into homes with open doors and windows, relishing the look of fear on his victims faces as he [...]

    25. Charles on said:

      First, the book is certainly well written and definitely on the literary side of the spectrum It was billed as a thriller, though, and I wouldn t categorize it that way There is a serial killer, but he s on the page for perhaps 15% of the book The vast majority of the book deals with detective Ben Wade s need to come to grips with a secret that he s been keeping since childhood It has nothing to do with the serial killer, although at the very end there is an attempt to indicate such a connection [...]

    26. Jackie Rogers on said:

      This novel will be released in June Put it on your to be read list This author pulled me in from the beginning to end Was a personal story to me due to part of the book Is about a serial killer who had been severely abused as a child Is about the detective that is after him Is about the detectives life Is a moving story told by an exceptional story teller Lots of action and teary eyed emotion Is about a shame based nature that affects one for a very long time You will like these characters and t [...]

    27. William Bitner Jr. on said:

      Shadow Man A Novel by Alan Drew I would like to thank , Random House and of course Alan Drew for the Advanced Reader s Edition of this fantastic piece of literature This is a tough one to review It s a Psychological Thriller, but it s much, much than that at its core While there is a serial killer as a part of the storyline, I feel that it is something that happens in the background and is sporadic throughout the novel The real story is Ben Wade, a detective who returns to his southern Californ [...]

    28. N. on said:

      I am not a fan of crime novels, in general, but I like to break my reading pattern on occasion by throwing something unusual into the mix And, that is how I ended up reading Shadow Man, the story of a detective with a secret and a serial killer on the rampage At first, I was unsure I d be able to get through the book There are only brief forays into the mind of the killer, but he s obviously twisted and they re very difficult to read I don t find murder entertaining that s why I avoid crime both [...]

    29. Donna on said:

      3.5 stars A serial killer terrorizes Santa Elena, California He cuts screens and slips in through unlocked windows and doors, strangling his victims Detective Ben Wade draws the case Then a teenager on the swimming team dies in a field from a gunshot wound and Ben has to determine if the serial killer shot him or if the young man killed himself And the killer continues to find susceptible women.This is not a seat of your pants thriller Although murders occur in the book, the author tells an und [...]

    30. Tricia on said:

      I just finished this book and it was a very good suspenseful read There are two mysteries going on and both are just as consuming as the other The plotlines are interesting and pretty fast paced One interesting note is that this novel takes place in the 80 s in Southern California I amstill mulling over how much I did or didn t like the characters but it didn t deter me from enjoying this thriller The writing drew me into this story and I really did hate to put down this book and I could not wai [...]

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