Shadow’s Keep: A Gritty Psychological Crime Thriller

· Killer Thrillers Book 1 · Pygmalion Publishing
15 reviews

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A compulsively readable thriller in the vein of Rachel Abbott, Lucinda Berry, and Gillian Flynn, Shadow’s Keep is a mind-bending exploration of obsession, desperation, and how far we’ll go to protect those we love. Get this suspenseful standalone ebook today!

"Dark, intense, and addictively twisted.”

~Bestselling Author Kristen Mae


Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan doesn’t feel like a detective, at least not like the ones he admires on TV. Not that he needs to be; the small town of Graybel, Mississippi, is a peaceful place, with acres of farmland, neighbors who always take care of their own, and noise from the outside world muted by a hundred miles of forest.

That silence is about to be broken.

When a child is found dead in the woods, the medical examiner deems it a dog attack. But the paw prints belong to something far larger than any creature in the Mississippi forests, and what animal would remove the victim’s eyes? Though no one believes him, William can’t shake the feeling that a human killer lurks in the shadowed woods.

And his girlfriend, Cassie, has a son the same age as the victim.

Cassie Parker was raised amid horrors she’s long pushed from her mind, but her scars won’t let her forget. Nor do the hallucinations, dreams so vivid she can feel and smell and taste them. And no one is more terrified than Cassie when another victim is found mauled to death—because this body has been drained of blood. She knows exactly what type of person would sacrifice a child, and why they’re after hers. But how can she explain it to William?

This is William’s chance to act like a detective, to protect the woman and child he’s desperate to save. Pushing back against prejudice and presumption, he uncovers a trail of cruelty that spans decades, but each clue brings him closer to a truth more horrifying than killer beasts in the forest. For concealed beneath small-town politics is knowledge that will shatter everything he knows to be true about his town—and the people in it.

“O’Flynn weaves elements of the procedural and the occult into a masterful psychological thriller replete with staggering, unpredictable twists. Readers should beware any notion that they can predict the ending of Shadow’s Keep. Believe me, reader, you cannot.” 

~Bestselling Author Wendy Heard

Ratings and reviews

15 reviews
Becky Baldridge
November 5, 2018
Shadow's Keep is even more dark and twisted than I expected. Our protagonist, Deputy Sheriff William Shannahan is likable enough, but seemed somewhat juvenile at times. He tends to rely a little too much on fictional detectives from television and books when thinking about how to act and what to do next. The murders are quite gruesome and the author does go into some graphic details, which may be upsetting to some. I was impressed with the building tension of the story. The chapters alternate between characters with little to no warning, but once you have the characters figured out, it's easy enough to follow. We do get some interesting and jarring twists and of course, there's a big reveal - some of which I had figured out and some, I didn't. There are a few lags in the story but overall, it did hold my interest and the chapters that give us the killer's viewpoint are cringe-worthy and at times, spine-tingling. All in all, a solid thriller where everyone isn't exactly what they seem and the hits just keep coming.
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Leslye Brown
August 7, 2018
Every time I pick up a novel by Meghan O'Flynn I know I am in for a good read. Lots of detail, plot twists and turns to keep you guessing right until the end. When that end comes, all you want is more. Shadow's Keep is a spine-tingling book with just the right amount of suspense, a fine helping of evil, and fully developed characters that you love, hate, or love to hate. I highly recommend this book to suspense and thriller fans!
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Allison Canning
August 7, 2018
Shadow's Keep is a gripping mystery with a final twist that will knock you flat. The characters are interesting and I felt myself really rooting for the good guys. In classic O'Flynn style, there is a healthy dose of gore & creepiness. If you want a page-turner that will keep you guessing (and maybe make you leave a light on), pick this up today.
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About the author

With books deemed “visceral, haunting, and fully immersive” (New York Times bestseller, Andra Watkins), Meghan O’Flynn has made her mark on the thriller genre. Meghan is a clinical therapist who draws her character inspiration from her knowledge of the human psyche. She is the bestselling author of gritty crime novels and serial killer thrillers, all of which take readers on the dark, gripping, and unputdownable journey for which Meghan is notorious. Learn more at! While you’re there, join Meghan’s reader group, and get a FREE SHORT STORY just for signing up.

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