“Shadow People” by James Swain
Swain manages to combine a thriller with the supernatural, and pull from his hat a touch of a good versus evil page-turner.
Now you see it, now you don’t. A cliché, but one that character Peter Warlock uses to entertain. That is, before the Shadow People ‘entertain’ him. Having a bit of evil inside of himself, but trying to use it for good, Peter works with FBI Special Agent Garrison to bring down a serial killer.
Kidnapped by the Shadow People and brought against his will to a time in the future, he is ordained to be the one to save Rachel, not only the killer’s next victim but also someone whose good works are a threat to evil.
Peter’s girlfriend Liza is determined to understand who he is, the good and the bad side of Peter. She accompanies him on his frenzied run from present to future and is put in harm’s way. Peter is just as firm in his need to not only keep Liza safe but to also keep her in his life and shares more than he has ever shared about himself. This leads to not only an enlightenment of his past but of what he is actually capable of.
Swain puts you in a trance, forcing you to turn page after page until all is revealed. A magic trick? I think not. I recommend this to readers who are looking for something different, entertaining, thrilling, and completely engaging.