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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Extra Book: The Whisper Man

Book: The Whisper Man
Author: Alex North
Pages: 368

This is my 109th read for the year.

I have gotten a lot of reading done lately.  Now that the kids are back in school, and our schedule has found a good rhythm, I am able to fit in more reading time.  And as the weather turns, and we are outside less and less, I tend to turn to books to fill the hours.

I borrowed this book from my library and was anxious to read it, so I got it done quickly.  I am happy to be able to finally read some of the books that have been on my list a long time.


This is the story of Tom Kennedy and his son Jake.  Tom's wife has just tragically died, and Tom thinks a fresh start is in order.  He moves himself and his young son to a town called Featherbank.  He is hoping his son - who is quiet, withdrawn, and seems to have an imaginary friend that he continually talks to - will start to thrive in a new environment.

What Tom doesn't know is that Featherbank has a dark past.  20 years ago, a serial killer was kidnapping children, and murdering them.  The killer was nicknamed "The Whisper Man" because he was lure his victims out by whispering to them.  The killer was caught, and is behind bars, and the town feels like it could move on.

But after Tom and Jake move into their home, Jake starts to hear Whispers in his own home.  A young boy disappears, and the crime is almost identical to The Whisper Man crimes in the past.  Local detectives are now racing the clock to save the young boy, and figure out who is committing the copy cat crime from so long ago.

This is a pretty good book.  I am a fan of horror books, so after seeing this book on instagram, I wanted to check it out.  And for the most part it was scary.  I kept reading because I wanted to see where it was going.  There were chilling chapters, and suspenseful moments that made me jump if someone came into the room while I was reading.  Be warned - this book involves the abduction and murder of young children, and while not overly graphic, it is still the premise of the story.

The only downfall I would say is that it would build and build to a really scary scenario, and then fall short.  Was it scary? YES.  Could the book have taken it to the next level and truly pushed the boundaries of a scary novel?  YES.  It is hard to put my finger on it, but I would be gripping the book, reading a certain scene that was building to a suspenseful situation, and then everything would work out.  You breathe a sigh of relief, of course, but it also left me wanting more.

Is it worth a read?  Definitely.  I am glad I read it, and I look forward to seeing more from this author in this genre.

Stars:  4

1 comment:

  1. Definitely going to see if my library has this, it sounds pretty good!! Thanks for sharing your review, and I need all the sort of scary things in prep for October lol