#BookReview The Shadow House by Anna Downes @WhatAnnaWrote @MinotaurBooks @StMartinsPress #TheShadowHouse #AnnaDownes #MinotaurInfluencers #SMPInfluencers Title: The Shadow House

Author: Anna Downes

Published by: Minotaur Books on Apr. 5, 2022

Genres: Mystery/Thriller

Pages: 320

Format: ARC, Paperback

Source: Minotaur Books

Book Rating: 8.5/10



Alex, a single mother-of-two, is determined to make a fresh start for her and her children. In an effort to escape her troubled past, she seeks refuge in a rural community. Pine Ridge is idyllic; the surrounding forests are beautiful and the locals welcoming. Mostly.

But Alex finds that she may have disturbed barely hidden secrets in her new home. As a chain of bizarre events is set off, events eerily familiar to those who have lived there for years, Alex realizes that she and her family might be in greater danger than ever before. And that the only way to protect them all is to confront the shadows lurking in Pine Ridge.


Simmering, dark, and chilling!

The Shadow House is an eerie, enthralling thriller that takes you into the life of Alex Ives and her two children as they relocate to the Pine Ridge ecovillage in order to escape an abusive home, only to find themselves surrounded by witch tales, disturbing deliveries, creepy dolls, splatters of blood, and an unexplained disappearance that lingers and still haunts.

The prose is tight and menacing. The characters are scarred, hesitant, and vulnerable. And the plot told from differing points of view is a sinister tale of life, loss, deception, isolation, secrets, lies, intimidation, familial drama, relationship dynamics, and swirling emotions.

Overall, The Shadow House is an intricate, ominous, twisty tale by Downes that had just the right pace, mood, atmosphere, and surprises to keep me entertained and guessing right up to the very last page.


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Thank you to Minotaur Books for gifting me a copy in exchange for an honest review.


About Anna Downes

ANNA DOWNES was born and raised in Sheffield, UK, but now lives just north of Sydney, Australia with her husband and two children. She worked as an actress before turning her attention to writing and appeared in BBC TV shows such as Eastenders, Casualty, Holby City, and Dalziel and Pascoe, as well as a long-running stage production of "The Dresser" in London's West End. She has degrees from both Manchester University (Drama) and RADA (Acting). She has been published in the Zodiac Literary Review, shortlisted for the Sydney Writers Room Short Story Prize and longlisted for the Margaret River Short Story Competition. The Safe Place was inspired by Anna’s experiences working as a live-in housekeeper on a remote French estate in 2009-10.

Photo by Ona Janzen.

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