The Shadow Of The Soul
The Dog-Faced Gods Book Two
By: Sarah Pinborough
The book continues the story Of DI Cass Jones, who finds himself further entangled with the Network, and the plans of Mr Bright, and becomes further entrenched in the conspiracies that were beginning to be revealed in the first book.
Cass is involved in two investigations, even as he continues to deal with the fallout of his actions from the first book. London is experiencing a spate of student suicides, with very little obviously linking the deaths, aside from a growing urban legend around the phrase “Chaos in the Darkness”. There’s also been an attempted gangland hit, where a botched drive by lead to the death of an innocent school boy caught in the crossfire.
Outside his professional work Cass’ private life centres around the final note left by his dead brother, Christian. It appears that the Network’s plans for Cass and his family run to deeper and darker extremes than previously suspected, as it is revealed that they replaced Christian’s son Luke at birth. Cass resorts to whatever means needed to find the truth, and his missing nephew.
The book also introduces a second main character into recession wracked London of the Dog Faced Gods world. Abigail Porter is bodyguard to the PM, who finds herself victim of strange visitations and is one of the few witnesses to a terrorist bombing that defies all conventional explanation.
The pragmatic and hard nosed Cass works as a strong main character, still riddled with faults and quirks, and rooted firmly in the collapsing London. Abi provides something different for the book, and the altered perspective in refreshing.
The Shadow Of The Soul maintains the pace of the first book, combining its supernatural and horror overtones with the underlining skeleton of a crime novel to good effect. The various plotlines reach satisfying conclusions, as some begin to merge, are resolved, or are left tantalisingly hanging for the next book. The book also avoids feeling like the awkward filling of a trilogy, because of this, giving the reader closure on some topics, while leaving much still running. Certainly the third book will be one to watch out for.