The Shrike & the Shadows | Review

Title: The Shrike & the Shadows
Author: Chantal Gadoury & A.M. Wright
Pages: 365 pages
Version: Ebook (ARC)
Release date: 3 March 2020
Rating: ★★★


Men have gone missing before.

The village of Krume is plagued by a haunted wood and a hungry witch. It’s been that way for as long as Hans and Greta can remember, though they have never seen the witch themselves; no one has.

When men start to disappear once again in the cover of night – their bloody hearts turning up on doorsteps – the village falls into frenzied madness.

Hans and Greta, two outcast orphans, find themselves facing accusations of witchcraft and are met with an ultimatum: burn at the stake, or leave the village forever.

With nowhere else to go, they abandon their only home.

As they venture into the strange forest, their path is fraught with horrific creatures, wild and vivid hallucinations, and a mysterious man tied to the witch’s past.

The Shrike is watching, just beyond the deep darkness of the woods.


This book was provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review. Thank you Chantal Gadoury and A.M. Wright! 

First of all, I’d like to say something about the cover. It’s such a beautiful cover, I love all the details and the heart in the middle, it’s perfect for the story!

The Shrike & the Shadows is the second book I’ve read by Chantal Gadoury and the first one I’ve read by A.M. Wright. I really liked the concept of this story, I love retellings and I really liked what they did with Hansel and Gretel.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of the book in general. It was really slow and I couldn’t really get into the story. The characters were interesting, especially Barin, but they weren’t that special to me. I just couldn’t connect with them for some reason.

The Shrike & the Shadows was an interesting read and I’d like to read the next one to see what happens to Hans and Greta!