“A powerful writing that kept me reading. Smoky's background sounds so convincing that the reader truly wishes the Smoky Barret series would have begun with her past but it didn't take anything away from this thriller. This is Cody McFadyen's first novel and it certainly has it's few downs but mostly it was fast paced and thoughtful.
I kept wondering who might be the killer because he always knew so much about what was going on, who was where etc. . For me it became pretty clear the killer must be an insider with access but in the end it became a bit predictable.
For me it is hard to imagine this being the first novel by Cody McFadyen because the characters are such credible, multidimensional and memorable. I once had the same feeling with the first Kay Scarpetta novels by Cornwell.
There is a new writer on his way to the top if he keeps up what he's done in 'Shadow Man'.
A sequel has already been published with a third thriller on the go, scheduled for publishing at the end of September 2008.
“This was my first book by Cody McFadyen. It is a winner! The plot lines were intense, the characters had depth as well as very believable. Shadow Man is somewhat gory but if you don't mind that gore like me than you will really like this book. Smokey could really stand her ground throughout the who story. Talk about women empowerment. Remember this is coming from a book about a serial killer that was written by a man! That is saying something wonderful about Mr. McFadyen's writing style. You will not be sorry you picked up this book but instead will be sorry when it ends. ”Cheryl wrote this review Tuesday, May 20, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I was not sure I would find this book as compelling as his Face of Death, but I did....Also a dark theme, but he does a great job with it.”Laura T wrote this review Thursday, April 24, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved it.
I love the characters
The story line.
“It's borderline—a high two or a very low three.”cirrostratus wrote this review Wednesday, November 14, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This was an amazing first in series. Amazing thriller, scared the bejeezus out of me. A superb page turner. ”IYamVixenBooks wrote this review Sunday, May 4, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A great debut and a fantastic plot. This is also not for the faint of heart as it is a bit gory. If you like Thomas Harris you're sure to like Cody McFayden.”BeckyL wrote this review Saturday, September 29, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“First book by this author - a really good spellbinding book. Brilliant.
They took three days to find the girl: bound to her mother's mutilated corpse, shocked beyond speech.
FBI Agent Smoky Barrett, still reeling from a hoffific tragedy of her own, knows that if there's one case she had to take, it's this. Because the girl's mother wasn't just another victiim. She was Smoky's best friend.
The killer's first mistake?
Or the first move in a sickening, deadly game?”