The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper Man

The Whisper Man by Alex North

 Publishing:  August 20, 2019 by Celadon Books

5Stars

 

 

Just a Few Words:  Loved this book.  Highly recommend it! Excellent thriller, by a new author who has just made my favorites list.  Alex North has written under at least one other name…..I want to know what it is!

 

The Whisper Man by Alex North is a psychological thriller. 

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Celadon Books, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 

My Synopsis:   (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)

Tom Kennedy and his son Jake move to a new house, to a new town called Featherbank.  A new start for both of them after Tom’s wife dies.  A place to heal.  Perhaps Tom will be able to write again, maybe move on, maybe develop a better relationship with his son. Perhaps Jake will start really talking to his father,  make real friends, leave his imaginary ones behind.   Instead they find themselves in a town with a dark past, living in the towns “scary” house, with both real and imagined dangers, and it looks like Jake may be the next victim of “The Whisper Man”.

Detective Inspector Pete Willis is on the hunt again.  He has never truly recovered from the last missing boy case, two decades ago.  He found four of the five boys, all dead, and their killer, Frank Carter is in prison.  But he never found the body of Tony Smith and the guilt stayed with him.  Now it is starting all again.  It looks like The Whisper Man is back, or at least someone imitating him.  A boy is missing, and all the signs point to Frank Carter, or to an accomplice.

 

My Opinions:  

WOW, this book grabbed me from the beginning, and held me tight.

It is about the relationship between fathers and sons,  their insecurities and overall feelings of inadequacy (real and imagined), and its about their strengths.  It is about bravery and persistence, and love.  It’s about letting go of the past and moving on.   It is also about fears….oh, and it’s about the boogeyman…the one that could be under the bed, or in your closet, or at your bedroom window…the one you hear whispering.

I loved the story being told in different perspectives, in particular that of Jake.  He is such a serious child.   I just love his character.

The suspense builds wonderfully, and the edge-of-the-seat element is evident throughout.  The book has a creepy/supernatural/horror type vibe, which is more a feeling than it is substantial details.  This book is really well-written.

Highly recommend this book.  It’s a quick read, probably because I didn’t want to set it down.

 

 

Read: August, 2019

 

 

Favorite Quotes from The Whisper Man:

“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.”

 

 

About The Author:   Alex North is a British author who has previously published under another name. The Whisper Man was inspired by North’s own little boy, who mentioned one day that he was playing with “the boy in the floor.”  He lives in Leeds with his wife and son.

 

 

I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2928139427

 

 

 

 

 

 

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