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No one knows your darkness like your own Shadow.

Nothing has been normal for Teddy, not since discovering the harsh identity of the monster he had been living with his whole life - his own father. Teddy and his mother leave that behind to start over in a small Indiana township. But as Teddy begins to learn of humanity's monsters, he unveils an otherworldly evil he calls "The Shadow". The Shadow tests Teddy's vulnerability and growing sense of isolation, poisoning his mind and conjuring a vile killer-in-the-making.

A year later, Officer Leonard Strode is called in to offer consultation on a case similar to the most brutal and scarring of those he’s worked on before. One is the case of Jackie Warren, the other, Theodore “Teddy” Blackwood - two missing children. As he and two other officers follow the trail of clues, Strode is haunted by the ghosts of his own past and is horrified to find them wreaking havoc on his present.

When both Teddy and Strode finally meet face-to-face, they must confront their inner darkness as well or else be consumed by it.

©2020 Haley Newlin (P)2021 Haley Newlin

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  • Ewreck82
  • 23-09-2021

Excellent story and narration

I listened to this on audible, narrated by Thomas Gloom. Take Your Turn, Teddy is a brutal look at how childhood trauma can manifest itself in dark, damaging ways. In the story, Teddy goes through experiences that no person, let alone a child, should ever have to endure. As an escape he turns to the ominous creature in the basement, Shadow. I don't want to go in depth into the story because I think that the plot at its core is best explored with minimal information. What we get in the rest of Teddy's story is the heartbreaking tale of a child that is conflicted and alone.

Part way through the book there is a tone shift as we focus on the law enforcement team that is investigating a case that involves Teddy and his family. At first this was jarring and I thought it would take me out of the story but it had the opposite effect, it drew me in more. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story of Detective Strode and the trauma that he suffered due to his job. I highly recommend this book to any horror fans, especially if topics of mental health intrigue you.

As I mentioned earlier, I listened to this on Audible, narrated by Thomas Gloom. From Teddy to Strode to Shadow and all in between Gloom did a wonderful job bringing these characters to life and adding yet another layer to this already powerful story. I not only look forward to more writing from Haley Newlin in the future but also more narration from Thomas Gloom!

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  • Misty Baird
  • 15-10-2021

Great Book!

Really enjoyed this one. Dark, creepy, and sad all at the same time. Nice physiological aspect to the tale!

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