“It began with a Carter, and it must end with a Carter.”
Six months have passed since Alan Carter woke up from the coma Copper Tibet had put him in, and much has changed in Melington. A new Chairman, a power-hungry Sheriff, a spineless son who struggles with the absence of his father. And children still going missing while the monster taking them roams free and unrestrained.
In the small town of secrets, what had once been hidden is now slowly coming to light, and few rest easy, including Alan Carter. He is plagued by nightmares. The visions haunt him the minute he closes his eyes, and his dreams are clad with images of darkness, corridors lined with doors, and a woman in red who tells him he can never leave.
And somewhere in the distance, Alan’s sister calls for him, begging him to save her and to take her home. – Goodreads
Shadow’s Embrace Review
In Shadow’s Embrace, we’re back in the town of Mellington, seeing the continuation of Alan Carter’s quest to find out what happened to his sister and the other missing kids. The familiar characters from the first book are back. A.I. Nasser fleshes some of them out a bit more in this book. It was interesting to see who stepped up to fill certain shoes, and who (rather surprisingly) gentled a bit. A couple new characters are introduced to spur the story forward. The author gives the readers a bit of a reward for sticking with him into book two, but still leaves some threads hanging for the last book in the trilogy.
Shadow’s Embrace begins with the narrator directly addressing ‘someone’ and catching them up a bit on all the events that have happened in Mellington. I wasn’t a fan of this. I don’t think it works well for this type of novel, and it felt completely unnecessary. It does serve a purpose if you haven’t read the first book in the series. However, I wouldn’t recommend just leaping in to Shadow’s Embrace. Definitely take the time and read the first book. It sets up everything nicely, and gives you a satisfying read.
Jake Urry has a wonderful voice for setting the atmosphere with horror reads. He’s easy to listen to and I feel like he really enjoys doing the narration. His vocal range is somewhat limited, I think just due to how deep his voice seems to naturally be. He relies more on pacing and slight changes to indicate character voices rather than obvious swings you’ll see from a narrator like Ray Porter. My only complaint is that I wish he’d talk just a tiny bit faster. This is the third story I’ve listened to that Urry narrates, and I instinctively set the speed to 1.5x now. On Audible, it doesn’t matter much, but on an audio CD where I couldn’t adjust the playback speed, it would drive me nuts.
Overall, it’s a good listen that perfectly fills up a week long commute. I’m curious to see how things resolve in the final book – Copper’s Keeper. I definitely have a couple characters I want to see get what’s coming to them. It’s not a series I can rave about but it’s solid. It’s definitely a pleasant way to pass a car ride or ten.
Shadow’s Embrace is available on Amazon.