Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: death, murder, violence, kidnapping.
Goodreads Rating: 4.5 Stars
If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.
If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home.
If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass.
If you’re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.
The Whisper Man by Alex North was excellent debut in the most creepy way. Nothing like novel about a stalker/murderer… who creeps next to the bedroom window and whispers things before abducting his victims… to read before bed! I’m lucky I had heard a lot of hype about this release, so I knew a little about what to expect, and made sure to listen to the audiobook on my roadtrip- mostly in the daylight.
The tragedy that befalls Tom Kennedy and his son, Jake, certainly sets the tone for the rest of the novel. Desperately trying to escape the pain felt from the loss of his wife, Tom and Jake moved to a decrepit old house in Featherbank. Unknowns to them, the town has a dark past as a child went missing over 20 years ago, and a serial killer once called the town home. This man was called Frank Carter, but he was known as the Whisper Man for his method of drawing his victims out of their home.
Now, as they try to settle into a routine, Tom hopes to repair his thread-bare relationship with his son, and to create an atmosphere that will shake Jake’s odd behaviors of talking to imaginary friends. Unfortunately, the creepy house has a lot of history, and after a week, Jake continues talking to the little girl he keeps imagining… or is he imagining her? It isn’t long before Tom realizes that this imaginary friend isn’t going away, and there also seems to be another unseen being taunting his son.
As Tom begins looking into the background of his house and researching an unexpected visitor claiming past residency, he comes across some startling… artifacts. From here, Tom is on high alert for the safety of his son, and the moment he lets his guard down, he comes home to find the most devastating scene. As things unfold, North keeps the twists coming. His writing has the reader on the edge of their seat, constantly trying to figure out how each revelation connects to the next. Even when you think you’ve figured the plot out, North throws another curve. If I had to fault the novel for one thing, it was the occasionally slow pace that was purposefully done to keep readers from ripping through this book. The suspense, the paranormal aspects, the true crime feel… all of it converges into one gripping novel.
As we delve into September and the beginning of autumn, The Whisper Man is perfectly fitting for eerie thriller and suspense novel season. It’s will haunt you long after you finish the last page!
Published: August 20, 2019
Publisher: Celadon Books
TL/DR: The Whisper Man by Alex North is a debut suspense thriller about a serial killer’s effect on the town of Featherbank, and two of it’s newest residents.
Read it? Yes! If you don’t have time to grab a physical copy, the audiobook is a fantastic alternative.
Recommend it? Yes, but DON’T READ THIS BEFORE BED. Or in the dark. Or alone. But it isn’t too overly graphic, so for a scaredy-cat like me, it was just creepy enough.
Buy it? Yes! I’d definitely snag a copy of this one, and the hardback cover is artistically creative- which I love.
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