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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
The Beast in the Shadows is a work in the mystery, adventure, and suspense subgenres and forms the second book in The Dirt Bike Detective series. It is intended for children from middle-grade reading age upwards but will certainly be enjoyed by adults just as much. It is penned by Douglas L Hoover with narration in the audiobook format by Ramon De Ocampo. In this stand-alone installment in the series, we return to the adventures of Chase, Oliver, Jax, Eduard, and Gio as they investigate rumors of a mysterious beast marauding around Raven Ridge.
Douglas L Hoover delivers a fantastic adventure in this charming tale for the young and young at heart. There are plenty of dramatic highs and lows and all the typical sleuthing clues and plot twists that you’d expect from a great mystery story. However, beyond this, there’s a real sense of development, reliability, and personality in the young people in the cast that makes this novel special. I felt deeply connected to the diverse cast and their struggles to accept themselves.
Regarding the audiobook presentation, the work is even more enhanced and heartfelt thanks to the quality narration provided by Ramon De Ocampo. There’s a brightness to his voice that keeps the youthful spirit of the narrative going, and he knows just how to pace the mystery elements to keep you in suspense before every big reveal. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend The Beast in the Shadows to fans of the existing series and the series for mystery enthusiasts of all ages.