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Authors: Alex North

Tags: #Thriller, #Horror, #Mystery, #Suspense, #Adult

The Shadows: A Novel (25 page)


As with the writing of any novel, I owe a large debt of gratitude to a vast number of people—in this case, especially, my editors, Joel Richardson and Ryan Doherty, without whom this would be a very different book. Their expertise and patience are second to none and massively appreciated. Thanks are also due to Cecily van Buren-Freedman, Emma Henderson, Grace Long, Ellie Hughes, the rights team at Michael Joseph, and literally everybody else in publishing I’ve had the good fortune to meet and work with on this book and the last. Some writers get lucky on that level; I feel utterly blessed.

A huge thank-you to my awesome agent, Sandra Sawicka, and to Leah Middleton, Guy Herbert, and everybody else at Marjacq.

Thank you also to the reviewers, bloggers, and readers who have picked up my work and taken the time to say kind things about it—you’re all hugely appreciated. To the wonderful staff at The Packhorse, Briggate, and the Bower’s Tap in Leeds for putting up with me typing away in the corners. To my friends and family. And to the crime-fiction community as a whole, especially Colin Scott for keeping me sane and being ridiculously ace.

Last of all, thank you so much to Lynn and Zack. I couldn’t do any of it without you, and so this book is dedicated to you once more, with so much love.



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is the internationally bestselling author of
The Whisper Man.
He lives in Leeds, England, with his wife and son, and is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name. You can sign up for ebook updates

This is a work of fiction. All of the characters, organizations, and events portrayed in this novel are either products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously.

Copyright © 2020 by Alex North. All rights reserved. For information, address Celadon Books, a Division of Macmillan Publishers, 120 Broadway, New York, NY 10271.

Cover design by Will Staehle

The Library of Congress has cataloged the print edition as follows:

Names: North, Alex, 1976– author.

Title: The shadows / Alex North.

Description: First edition. | New York: Celadon Books, 2020.

Identifiers: LCCN 2020002697 | ISBN 9781250318039 (hardcover) | ISBN 9781250771902 (international, sold outside the U.S., subject to rights availability) | ISBN 9781250318022 (ebook)

Subjects: GSAFD: Suspense fiction.

Classification: LCC PR6113.O85 S53 2020 | DDC 823/.92—dc23

LC record available at

eISBN 9781250318022

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First U.S. Edition: 2020

First International Edition: 2020

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