The Whisper Man

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"...the most unsettling thriller I have read since Jo Nesb???'s The Snowman . Much more than the sum of its parts, it is nightmarish and disturbing and, at the same time, a moving and life-affirming novel about fathers and sons, and grief, loss, and recovery."--Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient .atient .

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Maggie

Sep 14, 2019

Quick and creepy read

The Whisper Man is a serial killer from twenty years ago who murdered five young boys in a small town.. But he's in prison now right? So then who is responsible for this new murder?

You will burn through this book! You can't put it down and it's over before you're ready. All the characters are well developed and fully fleshed out. The plot maintains a creepy suspense throughout that will have you double checking your doors and closing your blinds. Alex North's writing is good, the atmosphere is creepy, and the pacing doesn't slow. A few twists I wasn't expecting were even thrown in. The Whisper Man echoes some of the greats, but is fresh and creative enough to deserve its own spot in the genre.

KindigBlog

Jun 18, 2019

Crime with a twist of horror

When Tom and his son Jake move to Featherbank they think it will be a new and fresh start, but when the whispers start and a boy goes missing, are they truly safe?

The Whisper Man really surprised me (in a good way!) I was expecting a somewhat standard if well written abduction crime thriller and what I got was a fantastic read that delved into horror and the supernatural at times as well. None of these felt unrealistic as part of the narrative, there were some parts of it that really got me making sure the doors were locked and the lights were on after reading! I liked how the chapters bounced between perspectives - from perpetrator, detective, victim, father and son with a mix of third and first person narration as well to make it easy to tell whose story you were reading. You got enough chapters in a perspective to really feel like you got to know some of the key players but also enough was held back to keep secrets and still allow for twists which is quite a tricky thing to balance from other books that I have read.

The plot is well constructed and paced to leave you wanting to read more - I finished it in a day as I was so hooked! I also liked that Alex North is not afraid to pull punches with his plot developments. You truly didn't know what was going to happen next. This did not feel like a debut at all and I shall certainly be on the lookout for more of North's work in future!

Overall The Whisper Man is a great crime thriller with a horror twist that leaves you captivated and guessing at every turn. Thank you to NetGalley & Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for the chance to read the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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