#TheShadowBird by @GosslinAnn

Three months into her new role as a psychiatrist at a clinic in New York, Erin Cartwright is asked to evaluate the case of a man who murdered his mother and sisters at the age of seventeen.

Found not guilty by reason of insanity and held in a maximum-security psychiatric facility for twenty-seven years, Timothy Stern is now eligible for release. Upon learning the crime occurred in the same village she once visited as a child, Erin is on the verge of refusing to take the case, when a startling discovery triggers memories she’d rather keep hidden, and a suspicion the wrong man is behind bars.


The dark hair, hacked off with a kitchen knife, was the only sign of anything wrong.



(@Legend_Press, 15 July 2020, 288 pages, e-book, #ARC from the publisher via #NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)




I’d never heard of the author before. Legend Press are one of my favourite publishers so I knew I was in safe hands. I loved this book; it’s the sort of twisty turny thriller full of misdirection that I enjoy the most. The book moves between different locations as Erin revisits the scene of Tim’s crime and also moves between different periods of time. Erin is a great character. She cares about her job. Any other psychiatrist would have done the bare minimum required to complete their report but she cares about Tim’s welfare and the truth about the night his life blew apart. Erin is also hiding secrets of her own which would have dire consequences for her involvement in Tim’s case if these come to life. This is the kind of book you don’t want to stop reading once you’ve started. I loved it.

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