It’s not going to be easy, and I need to start with an apology. Because over the years I’ve told you many times that there’s no such thing as monsters.
I’m sorry that I lied.
Tom arrives at Featherbank with seven-year-old Jake in tow to escape the memories of their recently deceased wife and mother.
And while their new house seems a bit sinister, Featherbank appears to be the idyllic town and the new start that they both craved.
We were going to be safe here.
We were going to be happy.
And for the first week, we were.
Twenty years ago, a string of murders rocked Featherbank. Little boys going missing in the dead of night only to show up dead themselves.
The only clue was that they all heard a man whispering to them at night.
The only trace of this man is a series of rhymes passed down from the older kids to the younger ones.
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.
And while the killer was eventually caught, Detective Inspector Pete knows that there’s more to it and has spent the last twenty years circling this dying case.
But then, the unthinkable happens – a child was kidnapped just a few months ago in a method eerily similar…
There is one thought on everyone’s mind – the Whisper Man is back.
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.Overall – this one was riveting.
I’m talking absolutely spine-tingling – and I do not use that lightly.
The way Alex North conveyed the chilling interactions with the Whisper Man and his victims – oh man. Spine. Tingling.
There were several times where I just had to put the book down for a moment to collect myself.
I loved how realistic the characters were portrayed – Tom, Jake and Pete were wonderfully fleshed out and dynamic.
Jake did lean (slightly) to being overly precocious but it did not ruin the experience for me.
I also loved the way Alex North bent reality with the inclusion of the mysterious girl who only Jake could see – she kept me on my toes throughout the novel.
Very rarely am I so completely engulfed in reading.
This book truly had me hooked from cover to cover.
If you are looking for your summer thriller – look no further. This is it!
I received a free ARC of The Whisper Man by Alex North from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.