I absolutely adore fall. The chill in the air, the leaves begin to change into such beautiful colors… and the impending creepiness of my favorite holiday, Halloween, begins to seep over into my reading life! After hearing such wonderful things about Alex North’s The Whisper Man, I decided to kick off my “creepy reads” season super early this year… and it did not disappoint!
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…
Before I begin, I should include a trigger warning for violence against children. While it’s not too in your face, it does take place so you should proceed with caution if that is severely triggering for you.
Have you ever felt like a book was written specifically for you, with no one else in mind? The Whisper Man truly felt that way for me. It was darkly suspenseful and utterly thrilling, with just a touch of “is it supernatural, or are humans really that monstrous?”, which is my bread and butter. Pair that with a mystery that literally had me accusing every additional character of being up to no good solidified The Whisper Man’s reputation in my mind.
What was even more impressive than the way this book sucked me in, compelling me forward, was how deeply I came to care for the characters. Not to spoil some of the relationship dynamics, but it was so incredibly powerful to watch how they shifted throughout the span of the story. At one point, I was literally in tears.
In short, I’m giving this five ginormous flashing stars! Thank you so much to Celadon Books and Netgalley for providing my review copy. It’s my privilege to share my honest thoughts and opinions!