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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Out of the Shadows is a work of fiction in the crime and thriller subgenres. It is aimed at mature readers and was penned by author Guy Estes. The book follows the efforts led by Detective Tienan Dempsey and his allies to push back against a crime wave in their town with escalating severity. With a large number of both Pagans and fundamentalist Christians sharing a postcode, the town of Nightshade risks reaching boiling point when violent crime starts to rise as the two factions in the town keep escalating the situation. But when word starts spreading of people being possessed, the investigators find it hard to deny the supernatural element behind it all.
This was a gripping web of intrigue that went deeper and darker with each turn of the page as Dempsey and his friends fought back against the darkness enveloping their home whilst dealing with their own personal demons. Author Guy Estes masterfully finds a constant stream of exciting twists and turns that up the stakes and keep the story fresh page after page as it builds to a heart-stopping climax. I particularly enjoyed the evolution of Honor MacGregor throughout the plot as her experiences assisting Dempsey and growing closer to the damaged soul of Ethan Malone causes a dynamic character development that was as intriguing to follow as the rest of the plot. Overall, Out of the Shadows dives into the world of unusual religious groups and uses that world to spin both an involving crime thriller and an absorbing romance story in one handy volume.