📍 United Kingdom
The Whisper Man by Alex North
389 pages | Published June 13th, 2019
Rating: 4/5 stars
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 would like to start off by thanking Penguin Books for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review 💕
THE WHISPER MAN has been getting a lot of buzz lately, being advertised as the “best crime novel of the decade”. This being the case, I was obviously drawn to it and very curious as to what I would find when I started this read. In THE WHISPER MAN, we read about a little boy who has just been kidnapped as he was walking home. Due to the similarities between this case and previous ones in the same town, the police is immediately worried that The Whisper Man is back… except he is in prison, so who could be doing this? Throughout the story, we follow several different perspectives, from that of the detectives and family of the victims to that of the kidnapper himself, althewhile attempting to find the boy and solve this case.
At first, this was a very creepy story, especially whenever we read from the perspective of the kidnapper. Then, it started actually getting scary about a third of the way in – and from there on I was absolutely hooked! I had seen comments and reviews saying that they knew who was doing this by the middle of the book, and that it hadn’t surprised them at all. For me, that didn’t happen, because I was absolutely clueless throughout the whole book, and was surprised to reach the end and finally see who it was. I will say, however, that I found the way that the author revealed this a bit underwhelming. It was a brilliant ending, and one that surprised me and shut down every theory I had (and there were a lot of them) but, still, something was missing. Thus, I liked the resolution of the case, but not how it was done, mainly because it could have been way more impactful than it was.
I turned my attention to the box in front of me.
To the bones inside.
To the small skull that was staring up at me.
And to the beautifully-coloured butterfly that had landed and rested there, its wings moving gently, like the heartbeat of a sleeping child.*
I found the plot to be super creepy and engrossing, probably the best part of the book for me. Reading about the police attempting to investigate the connection between this case and the previous ones, and interviewing suspects – especially The Whisper Man himself – was incredibly interesting, and I was dying to find out who had been doing these terrible things.
The author did a good job when exploring the psychology of this new Whisper Man during the chapters told from his point of view. I find it fascinating to get a glimpse of the minds of criminals, so this was a great aspect of North’s debut! It was also super creepy, but what else would you expect from a guy with a nickname like that, am I right? 😅
Overall, The Whisper Man is an incredibly creepy and enthralling story, filled with evil minds and ghosts from the past. The only flaw that I found, which made me bring its rating down, was how the big revelations were written in a way that was not bombastic enough, making me disappointed that the author chose that route. Other than that, however, I loved THE WHISPER MAN – definitely a must-read for this summer!
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*as this quote was taken from an ARC, it might not be present in the final version of the book