Published by Celadon Books on July 7, 2020
You knew a teenager like Charlie Crabtree. A dark imagination, a sinister smile--always on the outside of the group. Some part of you suspected he might be capable of doing something awful. Twenty-five years ago, Crabtree did just that, committing a murder so shocking that it’s attracted that strange kind of infamy that only exists on the darkest corners of the internet--and inspired more than one copycat.
Paul Adams remembers the case all too well: Crabtree--and his victim--were Paul’s friends. Paul has slowly put his life back together. But now his mother, old and senile, has taken a turn for the worse. Though every inch of him resists, it is time to come home.
It's not long before things start to go wrong. Reading the news, Paul learns another copycat has struck. His mother is distressed, insistent that there's something in the house. And someone is following him. Which reminds him of the most unsettling thing about that awful day twenty-five years ago.
It wasn't just the murder.
It was the fact that afterward, Charlie Crabtree was never seen again...
This was a fantastic book, dark and creepy and tense. I really liked the way certain elements connected to other parts of the story, and the way I couldn’t quite work out was going on for a while, despite my best efforts to solve the mystery that this story presented to me.
I enjoyed this as much as I did The Whisper Man, so if you liked Alex North’s first book, I would definitely recommend that you check this one out too.