Jayme Reviews: The Shadow by Emily Raabe

‘On February 11 you will kill a man called Arthur Grimm. Of your own free will. And for a good reason.’

Norah has just moved from Berlin to Vienna in order to leave her old life behind her for good when a homeless woman spits these words at her. Norah is unnerved- many years earlier, something terrible happened to her on February 11. She shrugs this off as a mere coincidence, however, until shortly afterwards she meets a man called Arthur Grimm.

Soon Norah begins to have a dreadful suspicion- does she have a good reason to take revenge on Grimm? What really happened in the worst night of her life all those years ago? And can Norah make sure that justice is done without herself committing murder?

You are going to want to add this one to your mounting TBR list! 

I was mesmerized from the opening paragraph which I will share with you now- 

Excerpt: “ Norah loved goodbyes. She loved moments of transition: the minutes between night and day, Winter and Spring, one year and the next. She loved new babies and weddings. Another life, a second chance, rebirth. A clean slate, and a new pencil. “

So, why was she crying? 

Journalist Norah Richter has just moved from Berlin to Vienna, to put some distance between herself and “the incident “.

But, soon after arriving, a beggar woman on the street looks right into her eyes and says, “On Feb. 11th you will kill a man called Arthur Grimm. Of your own free will. And, for a good reason.” 

She would usually shrug something like this off, but years earlier something terrible happened on Feb. 11th.

And, when she meets a man named Arthur Grimm, a few days later, she cannot just let it go. 

Because Norah does not believe in coincidences. 
And, worries that this may be a self fulfilling prophecy?? 

This was such a UNIQUE, suspenseful story filled with vivid descriptions! 

I could picture the people passing her on the street, or sharing espressos and gossiping in the corner shop. I could feel the chill in the air, and smell the tobacco smoke from the pipe that ALWAYS seems to be nearby. 

As the story progressed, I had an inkling of where this was going, but I was only partially correct-Melanie Raabe had a few more surprises up her sleeve!! 

This hasn’t gotten the attention of many of my Goodreads friends.
YET.
I hope it will now. 

I LOVED it! 

The Shadow was originally published in German in 2018, under the title Der Shatten. It was translated to English by Imogen Taylor and was released in the USA on Jan. 5, 2021 by House of Anansi Press, Inc. 

I received a gifted copy and it was my pleasure to provide a candid review!

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