In The Shadows of Children is an enjoyably dark take on the closet lurking fiend known more commonly as the Boogeyman, who as legend tells comes for the children who are naughty, who don’t do as they are told and in this tale, those who believe.
Aaron avoids the house he grew up in, almost as if the plague was rife there and he’d be guaranteed a nasty dose if he came within 50 feet of the place. In fact the story starts with only his third visit back there in fifteen years and the funeral of his mother. He just has to wrap things up and then he’s out of there, that was the plan anyway. Right up until the moment he went back into the bedroom he shared with his brother Bobby and was confronted by an open closet door, an impenetrable darkness and then the ghost of his missing brother.
The bond between the siblings renews, after all they were close, until Aaron left for college and never returned. Their past is laid bare, the fears, the hidden memories and the reason his brother one day just disappeared, no sight nor sound. Gone.
Is Aaron losing his mind, is the house fucking with him or is it something altogether more terrifying.
This is my fourth Darkfuse read by Alan Ryker and all of them have been top draw.
I received In The Shadows of Children from Darkfuse & Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that’s what you’ve got.