by David Calcutt (Author)
While walking the dog in the fields one day, Nathan becomes aware that something is watching him. Something sinister. Something threatening. Something without form that is growing stronger with each passing day. Shadow Bringer is a powerfully written psychological thriller that plays with the idea that our thoughts and emotions carve our reality. Beginning as simply a shadow moving across the sky, a noise out of place, the ‘creature’ feeds on Nathan’s most basic insecurities and fears to grow in strength, take shape and, ultimately, to isolate and destroy Nathan. It is only through his willingness to face this and deal with the ‘creature’ as a product of his own creation that Nathan can triumph.
The secondary storyline within the novel is problematic. Initially, it seems that the story of Rasha, a young shaman/seer will assist in the conflict resolution. Actually, there is little blending of the two, causing the inclusion to seem a bit random and rather unnecessary. Despite this, Calcutt has crafted an evocative, deliberately tension-filled story. It reads like a recurring bad dream, building in suspense to a conclusion filled with both relief and foreboding. It’s still waiting…