Synopsis from Macmillan Publishers:
In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.
After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes a fresh start will help him and his young son Jake heal. A new beginning, a new house, a new town. Featherbank.
But the town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer abducted and murdered five residents. Until Frank Carter was finally caught, he was nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night.
Just as Tom and Jake settle into their new home, a young boy vanishes. His disappearance bears an unnerving resemblance to Frank Carter’s crimes, reigniting old rumors that he preyed with an accomplice. Now, detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis must find the boy before it is too late, even if that means Pete has to revisit his great foe in prison: The Whisper Man.
And then Jake begins acting strangely. He hears a whispering at his window…
About: The Whisper Man is a mystery thriller written by Alex North. It will be published on 8/20/2019 by Celadon Books, an imprint of Macmillan Publishers, 368 pages. The genres are thriller, mystery, crime, and fiction. The author’s second book is called The Shadows and it will be published on 7/7/2020. According to Celadon Books, it was “founded by publishing industry veterans Jamie Raab and Deb Futter, Celadon Books, a division of Macmillan Publishing, selects each title with thoughtful consideration in an effort to create a list that is at once classic, uncommon, and fosters discoverability of new voices.” Please see below for more information about the author and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading The Whisper Man on 7/20/2019 and finished it on 7/24/2019. This book is an awesome read! Definitely creepy following Tom’s view and heartbreaking following Pete’s view. Pete sounds like a great Detective. He cares a lot for the victims and will not rest until they are found. I like that the author includes the killer’s view. I like the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. Though I don’t like it used against myself but when words are being utilized as a puzzle solving tactic, the reading experience is even better. Pete interviews an old killer in jail to fetch for information on the new killer but he feels frustrated when he didn’t learn anything only to have the inmate criticized him for not listening because Pete is expected to figure out what he means when he say things.
This book is told in the third person point of view following the man who is following a boy named Neil, 6. He has been studying Neil from afar and know that Neil’s parents are separated and a drunk. Neil is often left alone and so the man follows Neil and brings him to his home. The second view is Detective Inspector Pete, 56, who couldn’t forget about the missing boys he was in charged of from 20 years ago, comes out to search for Neil after he was reported missing during his off duty hours. Pete was the one that solved the case back then and put the killer in jail but still couldn’t rest because one boy’s remains was never found. The third view is Jake, 7 who stays inside with his imaginary friend to draw instead of outside to play with the other kids. He has an uncomfortable relationship with his dad and often worries about making him mad. The fourth view is Jake’s dad Tom, writer. He sends Jake to 567 Club so that he could have time for himself to mourn the death of his wife, Rebecca and also because he doesn’t know how to deal with Jake without his wife. Jake and his dad’s views are months later from when Neil went missing. The fifth view is Detective Inspector Amanda who is in charge of finding Neil. The Whisper Man is out abducting little boys by whispering to them outside their window. This book is divided into 6 parts.
The Whisper Man is very well written and a couldn’t put down kind of read! Though slow paced, it pulls you in and makes you want to read slowly word for word. After reading this book, the killer can be easily identified but for some reason I was absorbed into the story during the read that I didn’t see it coming. Same with another twist, there were enough hints given but I couldn’t guess it and got the shock when the twist came. I love how the ending of this book is full of actions. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
Pro: page turner, suspense, mystery, father & son relationship, investigations, word puzzle, mini cliffhangers
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son. 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.” Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name. Twitter: @writer_north (Info obtained from Macmillan’s website. Couldn’t find a photo).
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***Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book via Goodreads giveaway hosted by the publisher. Many thanks to Celadon Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.