Reviewed by: Demetrius Svette
Nightmare in the Shadows starts us with Brooke Stevens, who is a newspaper journalist by trade, on vacation to in her in her small hometown of Brines, Missouri. The small town is rocked by a gruesome discovery while Brooke is home visiting her father; a local jogger has found a mass grave containing six bodies in a neighbor’s field- so much for her vacation. This isn’t the first time this quiet town has been rocked by a murderer’s secret- just ten years prior, Ms. Steven’s own mother was murdered without the cops finding any trace of her killer. With a killer that only wants to talk to Brooke and death threats on everyone around her including herself, will Ms. Stevens be able to break the code of the killer before it’s too late?
Stephanie Brown has a gift of building characters and an incredible story that will draw you in from the start, making your heart beat faster and faster with every word that you read. I would have liked to have seen more details in the book but I still could not put it down; the imagination of this horrific yet twisted and fascinating must read that she has shared with the world put me on edge so much I had to find out what happened next. It would be interesting to see this adapted into a movie.