Book Review: The Long Shadow by Pat Herbert

The evil presence of Jack the Ripper crosses generations and casts its malevolent shadow over the lives of others



About the Book:


When Fiona and James Brett move into their fashionable London home, they discover the attic room harbours a dark and deadly secret. James locks himself away inside, ostensibly to take up oil painting, but he soon becomes moody, even violent. Local prostitutes are being attacked, and then the Bretts’ Polish cleaner is murdered. Another murder soon follows and this time it is even more close to home. James’s former lover is found mutilated, mirroring the Whitechapel killings of over a century ago. Could James be responsible, or is the evil of Jack the Ripper’s crimes casting its shadow over him?


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My Review

 I’m always happy to read books by Pat Herbert. I have read quite a few and the mixture of mystery with a touch of paranormal intrigues me. 

The Long Shadow is about a haunted room in a big old house. People often see a shadow in the corner of the room and wonder if someone or something is there. I think we’ve all thought we saw something move in the shadows at some point and that made this story quite scary.

James and Fiona Brett feel lucky when they’re able to buy their house for well under market value. Ronnie was James’s father’s significant other and since his father was convicted of murdering a prostitute, Ronnie wants nothing to do with the house. In fact, she didn’t really want to sell it to James and Fiona because of the evil in one of the rooms that she believes changed her husband into a killer. She tells them never to enter the room and even takes the key so they can’t get in.

James finds another key and decides to make the room his study. He spends all of his spare time in it and becomes an angry and evil man. Fiona believes that he’s been possessed by evil because his personality has completely changed. He’s even changed in bed. He used to be a gentle and caring lover but now he’s rough and has even raped her. Could the same thing that happened to his father happening to him?

The characters are well developed for the most part. I felt like I got to know Fiona and James quite well. She puts up with a lot after they move into the house and some people might wonder why she stayed with James so long but many of us still believe in the sanctity of marriage, for better or for worse.



About the Author


Pat Herbert lives in London, England and works as an administrator and receptionist at a private health clinic. She worked as PA to the Managing Director of Thomson Books before they were taken over by Penguin. 


Pat has published fourteen murder-mysteries novels previously including:

Reverend Paltoquet Supernatural Mystery Series

The Bockhampton Road Murders
Haunted Christmas
The Possession of November Jones
The Witches of Wandsworth
So Long at the Fair
The Man Who Was Death
The Dark Side of the Mirror
Sleeping with the Dead
The Corpse Wore Red
Seeing Double


Barney Carmichael Murder-Mystery Series

Getting Away With Murder
The Murder in Weeping Lane
The Mop & Bucket Murders


Also by Pat Herbert

Death Comes Gift Wrapped


In her novels, Pat likes to include the hallmarks of a traditionally British murder-mystery series with quirky characters, dark deeds, humorous misunderstandings, and at times, a touch of the supernatural and cosy cups of tea.



Press/Media Contact Details:

Darin Jewell (Pat Herbert’s Literary Agent)
Managing Director
The Inspira Group Literary Agency

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