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A good solid read,
This review is from: Shadow Man (Paperback)I read a lot of crime fiction and sometimes feel like i'm reading the same format over and over. There are authors who break the mold and produce exciting work which sparks renewed interest in this genre and i think Cody McFadyen may become one of those authors.
The Shadow Mann reads well and is indeed a "page turner". The characters are well rounded and believable and the story has been well conceived and executed.
The writing begins well but tends to be a bit patchy in places. McFayden strays into cliche territory with lines such as "get him" which is frequently said by victims to the leading lady.McFayden's imagery of the "dragon within" comes off as slightly lame and unneccessary, as if by using this idea it lends a harder edge to the heroine, which it doesn't. Also the "dark train" which is made reference too isn't created well enough at the moment to really solidify itself as a believable concept for the reader. Authors such as John Connolly have set such high standards with similar imagery, that the author really needs to have a solid concept to pull it off and in this case it isn't quite stong enough to be believable.
However, despite these tiny details the book reads easily and is well researched. I look forward to reading the next in the series.