The Whisper Man | Book Review

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If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.

Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.

But Featherbank has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.

Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle into their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.

He starts to hear the same whispering at his window.

The Whisper Man is a book that stole both my heart and my sleep.

I received the ARC of this book a few months ago, and I set it to one side for when my reader’s block had passed.

I want to say that I devoured this book in one sitting, which is what it deserved, but about 30% of the way into it I flung my iPad across the room when Jake started talking to ‘the boy in the floor’.

Up until this point, we were getting to know the characters and the crimes that had been committed while trying to figure out the mystery of the ‘maybe’ accomplice. Then it took a very dark turn.

Just a small word of warning: this is not a book to read before bed.
I made the simple, but nightmare-inducing mistake of reading this before I went to bed all 3 nights that I was reading it, and it terrified me half to death.

Although it’s not outright scary, it has moments so chilling that it’ll leave your blood running cold, and obsessive thoughts like ‘did I lock my front door?’ will be running through your mind constantly.

The book is told from different points of view throughout different chapters, so we end up hearing things from Tom, Pete, Jake & the mysterious killer. We are never told who is going to be speaking from one chapter to the next, but somehow we always know, because the writing carries each character so well. This was something that kept me on the edge of my seat (ok, bed?) especially when things were being told from the killers POV.

The book also takes a look at the complicated relationship between and a father and his son, and the grieving process and how it is so different for everyone.

It’s been very hard to write this review without giving anything away, so forgive me for being so vague, I just don’t want to ruin it for you.

I read this book before I read all of the hype, but it well and truly lives up to it and this now remains that one book I shove down everyone’s throats whether they’re looking for a new book to read, or not.

Kudos to Alex North for writing something so far away from the norm.

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