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The Shallows

The Shallows

Author: Holly Craig

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer USA

Published: September 2023

The Shallows is a compelling and unsettling read that allows Holly Craig’s storytelling prowess to shine through.

The narrative revolves around the seemingly perfect marriages of Emma and Charles and their new neighbours, Ariella and Mateo. But as Emma begins receiving disturbing notes from her neighbour, the threads that bind their secrets quickly begin to unravel.

Alternating timelines reveal new layers of intrigue, ensuring that the plot maintains a relentless pace and a series of unexpected twists that demand the reader’s attention.

This captivating thriller skilfully evokes from the reader feelings of uncertainty, fear, and unease. The book’s exploration of wider themes including (but not limited to) emotional and domestic abuse, adds depth to the thriller genre, making it not only a gripping read but also a thought-provoking one.

Craig excels at creating tension and building suspense. The novel delivers an intricate plot, well-drawn characters, and a sense of unease that keeps readers guessing until the final chapters.

If you’re a fan of authors such as B.A. Paris, Freida McFadden and Stacy Willingham, The Shallows is the perfect psychological thriller that will leave you eagerly turning pages and craving more of its gripping narrative.


Reviewed by Jess Checkland

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