Some of my favourite authors and people in publishing have raved about this book, so I was mega excited to be invited to read an early copy to see what all the excitement was about.
‘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 much-needed fresh start. But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen 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 in to their new home. Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely. He says he hears a whispering at his window…’
The Whisper Man is terrifyingly beautiful. If you like your books blood-curdlingly chilling with writing that has you clenching your jaw, and fingers clambering the pages, then this is the book for you this summer. It is a thriller of the tremendous kind and Alex North has really blown it out the ballpark with this whopper of a story. I seriously can’t get over how amazing it is. It is like all the best thriller writers combined into a beautifully explosive firework (in the form of a book, of course!). Bravo!
This isn’t just your ordinary crime / whodunnit. It is also about love and loss, which weaves in and out of the tale beautifully. The combination of different emotions, from sadness to unsettling, leaves you in a state of semi-shock when you turn the final page. Alex North has created something so mesmerising that it feels effortlessly good and a book that I will recommend over and over again.
Tom and Jake Kennedy are two characters I won’t be forgetting in a rush. Tom was so honestly open in parts, and Jake so frightened at times, that I just wanted to take them into my arms and look after them. The emotions I felt for them was unreal. As for some of the other characters, they made my blood boil, but I won’t go into detail in fear of giving too much away.
The Whisper Man is a tale to be read in daylight, although I did at times read in the dead of night to add to the atmosphere of it. Thank you so much to Michael Joseph for my proof copy. It is always appreciated the support you show to us bloggers.