by Matthew Williams

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ISBN-13: 9781524677978
Publisher: AuthorHouse
Publication date: 02/23/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
File size: 904 KB

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Shadowchild 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Momma_Becky More than 1 year ago
Shadowchild starts out a bit slow, but once it gets going, it doesn't let up. There's nothing more disturbing than a creepy child. If the cover doesn't give you chills, take that and multiply by 10, and you still won't touch the many ways that this one will get you. The author certainly knows how to set a scene and once the action starts, it's nonstop and it gets deeply disturbing and quite graphic. Needless to say, this one is not for the faint of heart and I have to add that when I reached the conclusion, I'm certain that I would not want to spend any time inside this author's head! Right up there with the likes of early Stephen King!
JBronder More than 1 year ago
This story bounces between three time periods. We start in 1629 as an evil takes possession of the prisoners and turns them against the guards and those that have imprisoned them. A little girl that is so much more makes a stand with those that think they rule. Then we come to 2008 and a family that has moved into a house where strange things start happening. I loved this story. It instantly sucked me in with prisoners revolting, the evil ruling them, and wouldn’t let me go until the very last word. I love me some horror and this is a fresh take on the genera. I was kept guessing, genuinely scared and enthralled with the gore and violence. You have a wonderfully developed history with the evil, how it has reared its ugly face so many years later, and how it has come back to torment a new family. There are twists and turns that will throw you off and keep you guessing. If you love horror, this is the book for you. This is my first story from Matthew Williams but it with not be my last. I received Shadowchild from Silver Dagger Book Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
JGoldmanJG More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars This novel by Matthew Williams was so much more than just a simple “horror’ story to me. The writing is so good… strong and passionate and intelligent narrative that makes you really believe in the story and the characters. And I’m not easily impressed. Definitely shocked me on more than one occasion. And I’m not easily shocked. The books starts off in 1629 with an event that essentially sets the scene for the events that happen now(ish) and approx 30-40 years ago. The timeline of events gets a tad murky for me on occasion but it’s not that bad, in fact it’s pretty cool to see how it’s all connected and ties together in the end… and how it’s not over yet!! Overall the plot had more depth and complexity than I anticipated, and the ending truly shocked me. Certainly worth a read, and I’m interested in reading more from Williams in the near future.(
MarcellaGonz More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Disturbing. Haunting. This is a book that I won’t easily or soon forget. It and the author Matthew Williams has branded a part of my psyche with his dark and gripping and evocative tale unlike anything I’ve read. I admit I’m fond of reading about characters who are crazy or disturbed or have the whole ‘supernatural experience’ thing going on (they are just so interesting!) and Mr. Williams did a wonderful job of bringing the chills. I liked that it wasn’t like every other ‘possession’ story out there, and at times had a more surreal, literary bent that goes deeper than your ordinary “I’m this evil thing making a young girl do evil things” type novel. It wasn’t predictable, and I appreciated the originality, especially for being in a genre where so many books seem the same. This one had a fresh, distinctive flavor to it and very cool myth/legend behind the “what” the evil entity exactly is and how it came to be about. Liked that Williams took chances and developed a whole historical angle that played in nicely with the modern world, and how it all tied together. There is lots of killing, plenty of gore and some scenes that I admit I had to rush past because I couldn’t stomach it. But surprisingly nothing ever felt gratuitous for the sake of being ‘shocking’ or ‘gory’. It all made sense with the evil that was occurring at the time. The ending is freaking insane and leaves me very unsettled. And that’s what made this book end perfectly! I’d definitely be interested in reading more from this talented author to see what other terrifying tricks he has up his sleeve. Highly recommend. (Adults only!)
ElizaBEB More than 1 year ago
haunting and engrossing, this tale of centuries-old horror as told by author Matthew Williams will have you on the edge of your seat, hiding beneath the covers, and leave you wanting more. I was surprised to finish it so quickly, but I didn’t want to stop reading once I started! I admit I almost jumped out of my skin a few times, and was probably cringing more often than not! I enjoyed the dark and haunting vibe and is written in such a way that you feel very engaged and a part of the story, like you really know the characters and are in their shoes experiencing what they are---which is pretty damn awful at times. The body count is high, as is the macabre factor and the psychological torment. The coolest part was how this does seem realistic in a way, yet had a surreal/paranormal feeling to it, like there’s more going on than we ever really know (until the very end). Most of the horror I read feels contrived and frankly, not all that scary. But this book managed to really get inside my head and freak me out! The writing was top-quality - a good amount of details and lyrical prose that added to the scenery without weighing it down any. Good pacing overall and I’m happy to read more from Matthew Williams in the future. Recommend for adults only due to mature subject matter and language.
SteffyC More than 1 year ago
Like his other book “The Shady Corner”, this book “Shadowchild” by Matthew Williams is definitely not for the faint of heart or easily spooked… it is downright creepy and freaky and at times quite disturbing. So if you are into that ((which I totally am!)) then this is the book for you! I will say that it did take me some time to get into it… although it starts off with an interesting inciting incident (in the past), it slows afterwards as the author worked more on the characters and the situations … but then it starts to build at a slow simmer, leading to a full-on boil that is quite exciting. The way he uses language to create emotion and describe scenery is impressive, and the characters are believable and well developed with several interesting transitions. Very cool mythos and lore he uses and I like the blend of past and present. This book is a great length to read in a few sittings – if you can take it! I had goosebumps throughout. The ending seems like the door is open for more? Or maybe that’s just the way it is intended… to freak us out even more :-) Will look for more from Matthews in the future. Recommend for fans of dark paranormal, horror and suspense. Graphic content. Adults only.
LaylaM1 More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Okay Woah, what an insane book! I’m not one for rehashing the plot (that’s what the summary is for on the book description page), but I didn’t expect to be so sucked into this world that Matthew Williams created as I was. I will probably have nightmares! There is so much mystery and intrigue and ‘what the heck is happening here’ that you can’t help but want to keep reading more and more. At first it seems like it may just be a ghost story or a demon possession, but it’s way more than that, and the whole story behind it is very cool and well-thought out. And the way that the author does the characters we just see more and more but then are still surprised. There are many shocking twists and overall I thought the storyline was original and well-written, and the characters are believable, even if some are more fully ‘fleshed out’ than others (excuse the pun). I thought it was a great mix of realistic feeling horror/supernatural/ psychological thriller… some parts may feel unbelievable, you believe in the paranormal then nothing is off limits. The writing is fast-paced and atmospheric –Williams captures the creepy vibe of the setting and his subjects perfectly. I noticed some editing things, but nothing terrible. Thought the ending was great – Eeks! ha! Recommended read for 18+.
CJ2277 More than 1 year ago
"Shadowchild” is the second book I’ve read from this author Matthew Williams, and it is just as horrifying and gruesome and captivating as his other book, “The Shady Corner”, but in a totally different way. Williams has a strong talent for really putting us inside the story and giving really complex and interesting history/backstory and events, and his attention to character detail. There are some time jumps that confused me a bit (not too badly though) and there were some characters that I thought weren’t actually necessary at all (didn’t end up being at all important), but for the most part it was easy to read and follow through the different times, and had some really shocking and unpredictable twists (like with Simon – did not see that coming!). Not only is it a frighteningly good story with a cool “mystery” (what the evil entity really is and why/how) I liked it for so many different reasons: first the writing was great. The strong word choice and fluid prose makes it a very easy book to lose yourself in. There are enough descriptions where you can visualize everything perfectly, but not so much that it bogs down the pacing. I liked that there were things I haven’t seen in other books like this before, and the interweaving plotlines were complex enough to keep me interested and engaged, but no so much where you get confused (other than the occasional time lapse), and it was genuinely creepy and frightening with a cool historical/paranormal element. A great book that will stay with me for a long time. Can see fans of horror loving this one. Adults only.