ARC REVIEW: Where Shadows Grow by Alanna Peterson

Title: Where Shadows Grow (Call of the Crow Quartet #2) // Author: Alanna Peterson

Date of publication: November 16th 2020 // Print length: ebook, 354 pages

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Several months after Nutrexo’s downfall, Andi plunges into a new mission: investigating a dietary supplement with unusual, potentially-dangerous side effects. Cyrus wants to help, but he’s hopelessly distracted by the painful secret he’s been hiding about his older brother. He can’t bring himself to tell anyone what really happened that night. Not even Andi.

Meanwhile, Roya is vacationing on a remote island when she makes a chilling discovery. A human skeleton—and near it, a rusty iron key. Can the mysterious girl Roya glimpsed on the bluffs help her piece together some answers? Or will she drag her down into the dark undercurrents flowing beneath them?

This sweeping sequel to When We Vanished takes the reader on a journey through time and place, from a 1970s island commune to a present-day corporate apple orchard, as it explores the question of just how far we’ll go to help the people we love.


Trigger Warnings: Violence, murder, human rights abuses, blood, vomit, disease outbreaks, severe respiratory illness, psychiatric hospitalization, dying/death, racism, childbirth, miscarriage, drug use, overdose, PTSD, poisoning, self-harm, suicide (attempted), suicidal thoughts, profanity. (However, this book also contains unconditional love, deep friendship, joy, magic, and hope.)

Diversity Tags: POC representation (most of the main characters are Persian and a bunch of other side characters are Mexican)

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Rating: 5 out of 5.

Writing Quality 6/5, Character Development 6/5, ‘Couldn’t put it down’ – ness 6/5, Intellectual Depth 6/5, Diversity 6/5, Originality 6/5, Overall 6/5

I can’t tell you how much I wanted and how much I waited for the second book to be published! Where Shadows Grow is the second book in The Call of The Crow Quartet, and this review might contain spoilers from the first book (you can find the review for the first book here). Long story short, this book was just as good as the first one, if not even better and I will tell you everything about it!

He’d come to a place where shadows grow, and something enormous and destructive was gathering strength inside of him, and there was nothing he could do to get rid of it. now.


Let’s break the ice with the style of writing and quality. As always, Alanna manages to surprise me with her books. The action few nicely, and what I liked the most is that in the beginning, everything was clear enough, and I didn’t feel the need to go back to the first book to remember the story and the ending. I have to say; I read When We Vanished a while back, and I was prepared to reread the first book. Don’t get me wrong, I would gladly reread the first novel, but right now, I do not have the time, and it helped me! On top of that, Alanna knows how to write a grabbing and dark novel, and just like the last one, this book will keep you at the edge of your seat. I can’t wait to see what is in store for the third book!

Maybe, although the death of a brown person was never weighted as highly as the death of a white one.

Chapter 28

A major plus was how diverse the book was. Most characters from the main cast were Persians, and the additional side characters were Mexicans. This novel also dove into the problems minorities face when they come to work in the USA. Many of them don’t make enough money to eat properly, and the ones who harvest fruits manually often get sick for the improper conditions they face daily. I won’t say anything more because Alanna brings light to the issue in a soft yet powerful manner. If you are looking for a book that deals with social issues, Alanna Peterson is the author to look for!

Look at this. All of this. Beautiful, right? Perfection. It isn’t real, though. None of this is real, it’s just the fantasy they’ve created with their money, os that they can come here and enjoy their sunset and sit around their tables with fucking apple centrepieces and pretend like it was all created effortlessly for them, like no one suffered for it!

Chapter 42

Details come in handy in every book Alanna writes. Little details are sprinkled all over the book, and in the end, they all connect and create one of the most complex works you have ever read. They truly enhance your experience, but at the same time, they do not bore you to death.

Maybe there was no ending. Maybe, just when you thought it was over, it would begin again, this time with a new layer. A new moitif, or a new harmony […]

Chapter 49

Overall, Where Shadows Grow is a valid read that deals with social issues without being over the place. A fun yet devastating read that will put isn’t print on your heart and won’t let go easily. I highly recommend it, and I can’t wait for the day when it would be on the school curriculum!


Alanna Peterson graduated from the University of Washington in Seattle with degrees in molecular biology and nutritional science. She has worked in a variety of settings throughout her career, including a microbiology lab, a research kitchen, an intensive care unit, a food justice nonprofit, and a shaved ice booth (not necessarily in that order). When We Vanished is her first novel. You can visit her online at


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