In the Shadows of Children by Alan Ryker

Aaron hasn’t been home since his younger brother mysteriously disappeared without a trace from his 23199482bedroom fifteen years earlier. He thought he’d moved on with his life.

But when his mother dies suddenly, he finds himself back in his childhood hometown to attend the funeral and see to the estate. Aaron soon finds his hopes of reliving fond childhood memories evaporating as he discovers something in his old closet that shakes not only his beliefs about what happened to his brother, but his grip on reality.

In the hungry darkness, a shadow as old as time itself has been waiting for his return for a long time. And its wait is nearly over…  Goodreads.com

Raise your hand if you were never scared by what was hiding in your closet or under your bed when you were a child.  That’s what I thought.  Therefore, everyone could relate to this book.

Usually, as we become adults, most of us forget about what haunted us as children and, if we remember, convince ourselves it was all in our imagination.  In this novella, Aaron realizes his nightmares were real and is forced to confront his terrors from childhood.

The author did an excellent job in gradually building suspense and the writing was tight and descriptive.  For a short novella, Aaron’s relationships with his brother and son were well-developed.

After reading In the Shadows of Children, you may begin to wonder if what you saw in your closet or under your bed was all in your imagination – or not.  This novella is scheduled for publication December 8, 2014.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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