When I originally started reading Just Shadows, I believed it to be a full novel. I was not aware it was a collection of short stories or even novellas until well into the first chapter. While well written and easy to read, the stories themselves had little connecting each of them to the others. Each was entertaining and truly enlightening, in that they all hint that what lies in shadow is not always what each individual believes it to be. The writing itself was clear and concise, and lent a vivid mental picture of the scene to the reader. One issue I had with the collection is that a few of the stories were too short, and all of them left me wishing there was more. The author is a tremendously gifted wordsmith. Overall, this book is a tremendous collection of what I would consider short stories, but may not be appropriate for every reader.
From the murky depths of a summer lake to the echoing halls of an insane asylum, evil lies in wait for victims. Innocents might escape by a hair’s breath, if they’re lucky. Then again, they might not. The shadows are waiting. Dare you step into the darkness and be judged?