|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.|
Author: Connect with Author Alex North here.
- Publisher: Penguin Michael Joseph
- Publication Date: 13th June , 2019
- Paperback(ARC): 389 Pages
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!