The Shadow Man by Mark Murphy Review

Cover picture of The Shadow Man by Mark Murphy.

Cover picture of The Shadow Man by Mark Murphy. The Shadow Man is a horror/thriller type book. It is similar to some of Stephen Kings stories.

It is a pretty good read but I should have waited till closer to Halloween to read it. It does have some weird stuff going on that fits right in with the holiday.

It has a lot of excitement such as explosions and vehicle accidents…and of course murders. And you wouldn’t ever guess how it ends. It has a few twists to it. So if you like not knowing the ending right up till the end…you should be happy with this book!


From the back cover :

There is a devil in the night, silent and invisible, moving in the dream realm between life and death. And he’s coming for you.

Savannah surgeon Malcolm King had a perfect life—a loving wife, devoted daughter, and a thriving medical practice.

And then it all ended.

A chance encounter with a reckless driver in an airport parking lotleads to his first brush with the law. The senseless slaughter of a neighbor’s pet soon follows, with Malcolm inexplicably questioned in the matter by the police. An adversary is found decapitated. An acquaintance is chopped into pieces and stuffed into a garbage bag, Malcolm soon finds himself the prime suspect in a serial murder case. But he’s not a killer. Or is he?

Who is the  Thin Man who lurks at the edges of his vision?

Are the flocks of ravens that crowd overhead a warning of impending doom? Or do they exist at all?

And how can he protect his family from something–or someone–he knows absolutely nothing about?

As Malcolm fights to discover the truth, he learns from a mysterious Seminole tracker that he may not the first victim of a chameleon-like serial killer known as The Shadow Man. Malcolm’s quest for justice takes him perilously close to the edge of sanity–and perhaps a little bit over it.

About the Author :

A physician currently living in Savannah, Georgia, Mark Murphy is also a lifelong award-winning writer. In the midst of a busy medical career which included several academic publications, Dr. Murphy’s decision to attend the Iowa Summer Writing Festival led to the inclusion of a short story, “The Funeral,” in a 2004 collection of works entitled O! Georgia! A well-received regular newspaper column in the The Savannah Morning News followed. The Shadow Man is his first novel.

For more information about Mark Murphy you can visit his blog, and check him out on Facebook.

This review is part of a Tribute Books Blog Tour for The Shadow Man.


  1. The book is a good ride, building reader tension as Malcolm is slowly being framed for one terrible incident after the other. It should be a be a big draw for readers who like the boom-boom-boom action of car chases, police evasions and explosions. As far as setting, the author aptly provides a little of Savannah’s history to offer a very nice feel for this lovely place, and doesn’t limit himself to just city limits — he moves his action outward to nearby areas as well.

    Br ready to have a bumpy psychological journey with this book :-)

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