Review: The Tall Man by @phoebe_locke @Wildfirebks


Release: 2018
Publisher: Wildfire, Headline
Genre: Mystery & Thriller

A senseless murder. A terrifying legend. A family haunted.

1990: In the darkest woods, three girls devote themselves to a sinister figure.

2000: A young mother disappears, leaving behind her husband and baby daughter.

2018: A teenage girl is charged with murder, and her trial will shock the world.

Three chilling events, connected by the shadow he casts.

He is the Tall Man. He can make you special…


What a creepy book!

There was something about The Tall Manย that caught my attention from the beginning. The blurb was so intriguing: urban legends, a haunted woman, a teenage killer… I admit I love stories about curses and hauntings so I obviously thought this would be the perfect summer read for me.

The book’s opening chapters grabbed me immediately and I love how they introduced the tall man’s character. I could picture the flashback scenes as if I were watching a horror movie. I believe they were my favorite part.

Despite the great start, I did feel that the book was kind of a slow-burner and the middle section dragged a bit. I honestly didn’t know where the story was going and there was a specific pov that had me extremely confused. But despite feeling I wasn’t enjoying it as much as I had at first, I really wanted to know how the story would end. What exactly had happened to Amber? What had she done?

Fortunately, the last few chapters completely made up for the slow parts. I loved the ending, enjoyed how everything came together and thought this was a really smart concept for a mystery novel. And that last page gave me goosebumps!

The Tall Man takes daughters…

Many thanks to the publishers and Netgalley for providing me a copy in exchange for an honest review


17 thoughts on “Review: The Tall Man by @phoebe_locke @Wildfirebks

  1. stephaniesbookreviews says:

    Curses and hauntings = perfect summer read lol. I love it. This does look interesting. It kind of reminds me of that whole Slender Man thing (I don’t know the actual deal with Slender Man, but remember in the news years ago there were young girls that went into the woods and stabbed their friend a bunch of times to try and please Slender Man).


  2. Diana says:

    Great review Annie. Even the title does sound creepy. It reminds me of an urban legend about shadow people, I think because of the cover. Glad to hear that this was a great read in the end!


  3. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    “I could picture the flashback scenes as if I were watching a horror movie.”

    Oh man. I am a big wuss… would I be sleeping with the lights on after this book?! lol

    Happy to hear this book picked up towards the end and sounds like it had an excellent finish ๐Ÿ™‚


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