His Dark Shadow by Phil Price – review.


Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare.

But the way they were taken just compounds his agony

Mike never expected to be in this situation.

He never expected the endless torment that plagued his days and invaded his dreams.

Moving back to his childhood home within a sleepy Shropshire village, Mike hopes to rebuild his shattered life.

However, shadowy figures lie in wait, watching, waiting to see him burn.

Has he forgotten what secrets the past still holds?

He cannot run forever.

About the author

Phil Price was born in Sutton Coldfield in 1974. He lived in various places in the UK until his family settled in Rednal, a suburb on the outskirts of Birmingham in 1979. Growing up with an older brother and sister, he always flirted with reading, his home always littered with books. Then in 1997, Phil embarked on a travel expedition that took him from Greece to Thailand, via East and Southern Africa. Sitting in dusty bus stations in Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi with Wilbur Smith and James Herbert accompanying him, his imagination was sparked into life. Since those far-off days, he has never been without a book to read.

Phil started toying with the idea of writing a book in 2009. After writing a few short stories, he caught a whiff of an idea in his head. It started to evolve in 2010 until he had enough to begin his writing journey. Marriage and two children came along, with the story being moved to the back burner for periods of time. However, during those periods of writing inactivity, the story continued to manifest until it just needed one thing. To be written down.

The story was littered with places that had influenced Phil’s life. From the Lickey Hills in Birmingham to the Amatola Mountains in South Africa, with other many other locations, in-between and far beyond.

The book was finished sometime in 2014, left on his computer until a chance conversation with an author friend made Phil take the bold step to publish his story, Unknown.

From there, Phil’s love for the first book spurred him on, creating The Forsaken Series. A vampire/paranormal/horror trilogy, set in our world, and others too. His love of horror and all things supernatural, inspired by authors such as King, Herbert and others, helped create the epic series.

After writing a science fiction novel, titled Zoo, Phil released his first psychological thriller, Ashes of Innocence, a story that he’d kept bubbling away for many years.

Aside from his writing, Phil lives on the edge of a small town in Worcestershire, UK. A wife and two sons keep Phil happily occupied as he steers his way through life, playing the husband, dad and world creator in equal measure.

My thoughts

OMG! What an emotional read this was. Author, Phil Price, doesn’t shy away from tackling big themes and at times, I found myself tensely biting my nails.

Poor Mike! That was all I kept thinking. I loved this mix of psychological thriller, crime and heavy drama. Mike’s character was totally likeable and I rooted for him throughout. As for the settings – absolutely stunning. The story mostly takes place in an English village and the island of Mallorca.

I loved Mike’s salt-of-the-earth parents and his editor. The cast of characters were so well developed, I felt I knew them. And Liz’s story touched my heart too.

I read this book in a day as I simply couldn’t put it down. It kept whispering, ‘one more chapter,’ and it didn’t shut up until the last page. I’d wholeheartedly recommend it. Bravo!

Thanks for reading!

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Carla Kovach – author of Amazon and iBooks bestselling DI Gina Harte crime series.



About Carla

Welcome to my blog! I’m the author of the DI Gina Harte Series, first book is called The Next Girl. I love and live for writing and reading (and sketching - haha). My other passion is filmmaking. My feature film 'Penny for the Guy' is a work in progress. If you enjoy a bit of horror, look out for it in the future. I'm on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn. Feel free to join me on other platforms. I blog about many random things but books, travel and art are my favourites.
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