Thanks to Celadon Books for the free advanced copy in exchange for my honest review
THE WHISPER MAN – Alex North (out now!)
Can we all agree this cover just perfectly sets a creepy vibe? Don’t get me started on the book trailer for this one – Abby (of Crime by the Book) shared it in her Instagram stories and I didn’t realize I had my sound on. Well, that creepy music and creaking noise made me almost toss my phone hahaha
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…
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars
There was a big hype around this book leading up to me picking it up. Now, that can always make me a little more open-minded with my expectations. Nothing is worse than hyping it up in your mind and feeling like it’s a dud. Well, that did not happen here! THE WHISPER MAN was all the creepy goodness I was hoping for. If you hear the monster whispering your name outside your window, you know you’re already in his grasp.
Tom and his young son, Jake, move to Featherton for a new start. After the sudden death of his wife, Tom decides that a new town and new home would help him and Jake heal together. Two decades ago, the small town was plagued by a serial killer dubbed The Whisper Man. He was responsible for the abduction and murder of 5 children and he would lure them out by whispering their names at their windows in the night. He was caught and jailed for his crimes. Now, decades later, a young boy Neil is missing and the details sound eerily familiar. How could this be possible with Frank locked away? Is this the work of an accomplice that ways never caught or is this a copycat? The most concerning part – Jake is starting to hear whispering outside his window at night.
I loved the different perspectives of Tom, Jake, and then Pete (the original investigator that put The Whisper Man behind bars). From start to finish, this was a total binge read for me. As the book progressed the tension continued to build and I couldn’t put it down. The timing of reading this was just too perfect because we’ve been experiencing a woodchuck problem at our house. I could hear it digging at night right by the back door. Hearing the scratching sounds by the window behind you at night? Hell no – that just freaked me out while reading this.
I was so impressed with this thriller debut and North has already become a new auto-buy author for me. I can’t wait to see what the next book will be!