If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…
Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start. But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’. Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another young boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely. He says he hears a whispering at his window.
I know this gets said a lot in reviews and it is a huge cliché but I couldn’t stop reading this book! I started reading at 6pm and it is now 6am so it kept me going right through the night so enraptured that I didn’t even notice the night slipping away. I don’t get spooked easily but tonight I was glad of the company of my massive hound dog and I’m pretty sure if I had heard my letterbox rattling I might well gained more grey hairs than I already have!
I’ve not read such a genuinely chilling book like this for a long time, there are so many elements its hard to know where to begin. There is definitely a touch of the supernatural added to the mix of sadistic serial killer but so real that it was those bits that had me reading with the lights on!
The only comparisons I can make are Silence of the Lambs crossed with The Sixth Sense and Nightmare on Elm Street all combined but so so much better!
‘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.’
That was what brought back memories of my childhood, watching Nightmare on Elm Street for the first time and hearing that Freddy Krueger rhyme – ‘One Two Freddie’s coming for you’ and the chills that caused and this one did the same, except now I am considerably a lot older!
Jake is 100% the star of the show, his character is brilliantly portrayed and you cant help but feel for the poor lad, and then there is ‘The Whisper Man’ an abhorrent fascinating character that is all to real, as is the notoriety that these killers receive.
This is an outstanding debut novel of the highest order, a psychological thriller that is in a league of its own that will truly chill you to the bone.
A book that you seriously don’t want to miss this! #TheWhisperMan
The Whisper Man will be published on 13 June 2019 and can be pre ordered now
Huge thanks to the author Alex North, publishers Penguin UK – Michael Joseph and NetGalley for my copy of this book in exchange for an honest and independent review.