by Alex North
This book is unlike any thriller I have read thus far. All the spooky vibes – perfect for my first October read!
After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.
But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.
Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.
And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…
Oh. Em. Gee. This book was perfection in terms of having the right balance of creepy and spooky but won’t give me legit nightmares. I was hooked from the very first page:
It’s not going to be easy, and I need to start with an apology. Because over the years I’ve told you many times that there’s no such thing as monsters.
I’m sorry that I lied.Alex North, The Whisper Man
Like come on. How could you not get hooked after that? I read this book as a buddy read and it make for a great ride with my gal pal. We messaged so much about our theories and speculations; then next thing you know, we’re both finishing the book! The ultimate page turner, for sure.
There are so many loose threads in the storyline as you unpack Alex North’s impeccable writing but trust me that by the end, you should be completely satisfied. Triggers are present like child abductions and murder however North writes this is such a way that respects the characters and the readers.
And the plot twists! So many times my friend and I were messaging about these crazy twists that we didn’t see coming in a million years. The reader is guided through multiple perspectives, one of them being a child, and I liked how it gave different vantage points to the same story.
This book had literally everything: serial killers, family dynamics, romance, whodunit, murder, ghosts, monsters. If you’re looking for a deliciously spooky book this fall season, this is the book for you!
“If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.” Rubbish, of course, wherever he had heard it. But the words still bothered me. And just as the idea of the little girl trailing us across the country had disturbed me, now I couldn’t shake the image of her sitting next to him, her hair swept out to one side and that strange smile on her face, whispering frightening things in his ear. I hooked up the chain for the night.Alex North, The Whisper Man
PUBLICATION DETAILS: Celadon Books; 20 August 2019; 355 pages; Thriller, Mystery, Horror