In The Shadows by Robin Gilbert

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Five children go playing hide and seek in local woodland, but only four return. Most people believe the woods are haunted and the missing child was taken by the mysterious Fair Folk; mischievous pixies known to lure lost little boys into their world. But somebody knows exactly what happened and is about to reveal a terrible secret...

In The Shadows is set in modern day Wales and begins twenty years after the disappearance of a young boy thought by many to be taken by the mysterious Fair Folk, mischievous pixies known to haunt the local woodland and lure lost little boys into their world. It follows each of the remaining four children, grown up now and living very different lives...

The first and central character is living life as a tramp, carrying with him a burden so great that to reveal it to his oldest friends will destroy all he has ever known. But if he does not reveal it what will become of him? Is he destined to live the life he now lives, the life he chose for himself all those years ago?

The second is a successful business woman living in a grand house with a gorgeous, female American lover and a dark secret of her own. If she tells the others about it, what will they think of her?

The third is a teacher, physically abused by his wife, too afraid to have an affair with the woman of his dreams and about to become a father of a child he knows is not his... but after everything that happened, perhaps his lot in life is to suffer?

The fourth is a vicar, an extremely intelligent Oxford University graduate who knows more about life, love and the past than all of them. He returns home after a year in Australia to take up a post in the local vicarage where he intends to vanquish some demons of his own.

And what of the missing boy? What truly happened in the woods all those years ago is revealed in the thrilling climax!
 

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Published April 6, 2012 231 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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