Friday, November 9, 2018

Book Tour ~ Shadow's Keep by Meghan O'Flynn (Review + Giveaway)

Book Tour ~ Shadow's Keep by Meghan O'Flynn (Review + Giveaway)

Shadow's Keep
by Meghan O'Flynn
Genre: Crime Thriller


Dark and intense, with an M. Night Shyamalan-level twist.”
~Kristen Mae, bestselling author of the Conch Garden series


Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan doesn’t feel like a detective, at least not like the ones he admires on TV. Not that he needs to be; the small town of Graybel, Mississippi, is a peaceful place, with acres of farmland, neighbors who always take care of their own, and noise from the outside world muted by a hundred miles of forest.

That silence is about to be broken.

When a child is found dead in the woods, the medical examiner deems it a dog attack. But the paw prints belong to something far larger than any creature in the Mississippi forests, and what animal would remove the victim’s eyes? Though no one believes him, William can’t shake the feeling that a human killer lurks in the shadowed woods.

And his girlfriend, Cassie, has a son the same age as the victim.

Cassie Parker was raised amid horrors she’s long pushed from her mind, but her scars won’t let her forget. Nor do the hallucinations, dreams so vivid she can feel and smell and taste them. And no one is more terrified than Cassie when another victim is found mauled to death—because this body has been drained of blood. She knows exactly what type of person would sacrifice a child, and why they’re after hers. But how can she explain it to William?

This is William’s chance to act like a detective, to protect the woman and child he’s desperate to save. Pushing back against prejudice and presumption, he uncovers a trail of cruelty that spans decades, but each clue brings him closer to a truth more horrifying than killer beasts in the forest. For concealed beneath small-town politics is knowledge that will shatter everything he knows to be true about his town—and the people in it.

A compulsively readable thriller in the vein of CujoThe Girl on the Train, and M. Night Shyamalan’s The VillageShadow’s Keep is a mind-bending exploration of obsession, desperation, and how far we’ll go to protect those we love.

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

I finished reading Shadow’s Keep by Meghan O’Flynn three days ago and I’m still asking myself, what the heck did I just read? In Shadow’s Keep description it’s called a compulsively readable thriller. I can definitely say that’s an accurate statement.

The main character, sheriff’s deputy, William Shannahan was not necessarily what you’d think of as a leading man. When he stumbles upon a dead child, he contaminates the crime scene and body in his freak out. He seems driven by fictional tv characters and what they would do. He gets flashbacks from an unsupportive parent often. He’s walked over and treated like crap by his boss, but excuses it because they’re friends. But, despite all his imperfections, he sees a crime that others do not and he’s insistent on pursuing it.

The crimes being investigated are gory and the author does not shy away from any of the hard stuff. The storyline that went with these crimes was twisty, and some parts were totally unexpected. Or, maybe most parts were unexpected. I was caught by surprise when it all was figured out who the bad guy is in this book, and that doesn’t happen often. I will say I was a little distracted by the potential paranormal elements in the story, and was annoyed by them. So, in my focus of this, I missed the more important clues!

If you’re interested in a twisted story that will keep you engaged and turning the pages to find out what’s going to happen next, this book is a must read for you! I enjoyed the author’s writing, and thought she did a great job with the serial killer. This is a dark, gory and twisted storyline so if you’re like me, you’ll love this story!

Rating: 4.5 stars

Meghan O'Flynn is a clinical therapist, writer, artist, wife, and mom. She adores her amazing little boys, dark chocolate, tea, dirty jokes, and back rubs with no strings attached, in that order. Meghan is the bestselling author of The Jilted, Shadow's Keep, and the Ash Park series--which includes Famished, Conviction, Repressed, Hidden and Redemption--and has penned a number of short stories including "Crimson Snow" and "Alien Landscape." She is frankly amazed that her wonderful husband still agrees to live with her after reading them and even more shocked that he seems to sleep soundly.

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