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SYNOPSIS

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. 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…


Should You read The Whisper Man by Alex North?

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

If you’re lonely, sad and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.

I want to thank the publisher for including me in this blog tour. I’m the fourth stop in this tour and I’ll leave the tour banner for you down below so that you can check out the rest of the stops. I’m also including some trigger warnings; should someone need it.

CW: struggling alcoholic, child abduction

The Whisper Man by Alex North is a brilliantly written thriller that’ll demand your attention until you finish reading it. Is it worth your time, though? Let’s find out.

The book starts with an unnamed father confessing a lie to his son Jake. He says that he lied when he said that there was no such thing as monsters. In the upcoming chapters, we’ll see exactly who those monsters are and how they hide in plain sight waiting for the moment to whisper in your child’s ears.

The story is divided into five parts and in part one, we come to learn of a boy called Neil Spencer who is being stalked by someone and later, kidnapped. That’ll be the last we see of the boy. Then, we get a glimpse of DI Pete Willis who’s searching for Neil and remembers an old child abduction case. The quote, “The first forty-eight hours following a disapperance are the most crucial.” appears twice in this book, which heightens the feeling of emergency.

Next, we meet the Jake and his father, Tom Kennedy and this is way before he wrote the aforementioned words to his son. Tom is a widower, who’s trying his best to care for his son Jake while coming to terms with his life without his beloved wife. Tom is a writer and hasn’t written a book in a long time but despite of the state of his finances, he knows that Jake and he need a fresh start. It turns out their fresh start comes with more surprises than they can handle.

On one hand, you have two DI’s- DI Pete and DI Amanda- trying to search for the abducted boy Neil. Pete is called to help in on the investigation because their Chief thinks it might have something to do with a case years ago…when The Whisper Man abducted and killed four children before Pete caught him. Pete, however never caught his “accomplise”, if there was anyone..or is there a copycat now? There’s no time to waste as the killer already has Neil and may soon have yet another child.

DI Pete Willis suffers from alcoholism and you could feel his emotions as if they were leaping off of the pages. The author does sugarcoat anything and I loved the openness of the characters especially someone who’s described as fit and lean for his age struggling with depression, alcoholism and probably PTSD as well. It shows us that if someone looks good on the outside, it doesn’t neccessarily mean that they’re feeling good on the inside. This realness to characters continue with Tom and his son Jake and as well as DI Amanda and the killer. In Tom’s case, you can feel his frustration with Jake and his struggle with playing with or even taking care of Jake. I loved the pace of the story; it took me a day and a half to finish but I loved the anticipation. There’re quite a number of shady characters and you keep wondering if this was the killer or that one. I didn’t expect the killer at all and theme that time was of the essence basically amped up the thrill of finding The New Whisper Man.

Overall, I highly recommend this book if you love reading thrillers that are carefully plotted and has an amazing cast of characters. This’ll make a perfect rainy day read, in my opinion. The gloomy weather is a perfect setting to this dark and creepy novel.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

VERDICT: 


Author: Connect with Author Alex North here.

  • Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph
  • Publication Date: 13th June , 2019
  • Paperback(ARC): 389 Pages
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What do you think? Will you read The Whisper Man? If you have read it already, then let me know if you liked it or not. Did you know that this book is going to be adapted into a movie soon? Do you like reading or watching thrillers? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

Newcomer by Keigo Higashino is a brilliant book if you’re new to Japanese mystery/​thriller genre

Newcomer by keigo Higashino review

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Synopsis: Detective Kyochiro Kaga of the Tokyo Police Department has just been transferred to a new precinct in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. Newly arrived, but with a great deal of experience, Kaga is promptly assigned to the team investigating the murder of a woman. But the more he investigates, the greater number of potential suspects emerges. It isn’t long before it seems nearly all the people living and working in the business district of Nihonbashi have a motive for murder. To prevent the murderer from eluding justice, Kaga must unravel all the secrets surrounding a complicated life. Buried somewhere in the woman’s past, in her family history, and the last few days of her life is the clue that will lead to the murderer.


REVIEW | WHY SHOULD YOU READ NEWCOMER ?

The only translated novel I’ve read this year -before Newcomer– was The Flowers over the Inferno by Illaria Tuti. You should check it out, btw. It is superbly written .

Newcomer is a translate Japanese murder mystery set in the Nihonbashi area of Tokyo. It is the 8th book in the Detective Kaga series but you need not read the first seven books in order to read Newcomer.

The protagonist is Sergeant Kyoichiro Kaga, who has been newly transferred to a new precinct and is assigned to investigate the murder of a divorced woman. Since the woman has ties to the Nihonbashi business district, Kaga has to investigate everyone working in the neighborhood and maybe even their relatives. During the investigation, Kaga finds that everyone – from The Girl at the Rice Cracker Shop to A Detective of Nihonbashi- all have secrets, some of which may be a motive to commit murder.

I had some difficulties with the format -especially keeping track of all the characters and their stories but it didn’t take long to find my footing and to immerse myself deep into the story.

Kyoichiri Kaga just became one of my favourite fictional detectives. We didn’t get a deep insight into how he is a person but as a detective, he is brilliant. He is clever, has incredible observation and communication skills. It’s a bit difficult to put him in a neat little box, a little difficult to familiarise with him but he is a likeable and brilliantly created character.

Overall, this is a mystery novel to cozy up with on weekends and to add it your reading list if you want to read more translated and/or Japanese fiction. I enjoyed this book immensely and it was in a travel-friendly sized which I loved. I would definitely watch out for more of Keigo Higashino’s books.

I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a review copy. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Verdict: 4 out of 5 stars

Author: Connect with Author Keigo Higashino here .

  • Publisher(Translated in English): Hachette India
  • Publication Date: 10 Jan 2019
  • Paperback: 416 Pages

Have you read Newcomer by Keigo Higashino? Did you like it? Love it? Hate it? Let me know all your thoughts about it?

Also,I’m happy to note that this is also my second review for the Year of The Asian Challenge 2019! If you’ve read any translated fiction ,then let me know your recommendations in the comments below .

Book Review:​ The Mystery of Three Quarters by Sophie Hannah

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Synopsis: Hercule Poirot returns home after an agreeable luncheon to find an angry woman waiting to berate him outside his front door. Her name is Sylvia Rule, and she demands to know why Poirot has accused her of the murder of Barnabas Pandy, a man she has neither heard of nor ever met. She is furious to be so accused and deeply shocked. Poirot is equally shocked, because he too has never heard of any Barnabas Pandy, and he certainly did not send the letter in question. He cannot convince Sylvia Rule of his innocence, however, and she marches away in a rage.

Shaken, Poirot goes inside, only to find that he has a visitor waiting for him — a man called John McCrodden who also claims also to have received a letter from Poirot that morning, accusing him of the murder of Barnabas Pandy…

Poirot wonders how many more letters of this sort have been sent in his name. Who sent them, and why? More importantly, who is Barnabas Pandy, is he dead, and, if so, was he murdered? And can Poirot find out the answers without putting more lives in danger?

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My Sister, ​The Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite | Book Review

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Synopsis: “Femi makes three, you know. Three and they label you a serial killer.”

Korede is bitter. How could she not be? Her sister, Ayoola, is many things: the favorite child, the beautiful one, possibly sociopathic. And now Ayoola’s third boyfriend in a row is dead.

Korede’s practicality is the sisters’ saving grace. She knows the best solutions for cleaning blood, the trunk of her car is big enough for a body, and she keeps Ayoola from posting pictures of her dinner to Instagram when she should be mourning her “missing” boyfriend. Not that she gets any credit.

Korede has long been in love with a kind, handsome doctor at the hospital where she works. She dreams of the day when he will realize that she’s exactly what he needs. But when he asks Korede for Ayoola’s phone number, she must reckon with what her sister has become and how far she’s willing to go to protect her.

Sharp as nails and full of deadpan wit, Oyinkan Braithwaite’s deliciously deadly debut is as fun as it is frightening.

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Review:​ Cut and Run by Mary Burton

Synopsis:  Twin sisters separated by the past are reunited by unspeakable crimes in New York Times bestselling author Mary Burton’s throat-clutching novel of suspense…

Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith’s mirror image—the twin sister she never knew she had.

Faith knew that she was adopted, but now she’s finding that her childhood concealed other secrets. Following the trail of clues Macy left behind, Faith and Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden make a shocking discovery on an isolated country ranch—a burial ground for three women who disappeared thirty years before.

They weren’t the only victims in a killer’s twisted plot. And they won’t be the last.

As the missing pieces of Faith’s and Macy’s dark lives snap into place, Faith is becoming more terrified by what she sees—and by what she must do to save her sister and herself from the past.

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