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I thought it was very good. The only downside to me was that there was a little to much supernatural going on i.e, talking to people who were not there. I read it a good bit quicker than I usually get one read. Thankfully, not much navel-gazing which is a real pet peeve of mine.
I'll admit, it was difficult to get into at first. As I got through Part 2 of the book into Part 3 I was hooked.
There were definitely a few parts that ran a shiver down my spine and made me un-easy. So Mission accomplished on what the author was trying to do.
My real only complaint about it, was how some repetitive some parts got, and the fact that I was able to predict the ending about halfway through.
Other then that, good read. Definitely recommend.
I read it in one day and I cannot tell if that's due to its creativity or lack thereof.
I had a very good idea what was happening about midway through. The 'scary parts' did not translate well in written word but I suspect this would do very well as a movie.
This heart stopping suspense novel is absolutely first rate. I couldn't put it down.
Eerie and suspenseful.
This was a deliciously creepy book. It brings to mind the idea of how many of the "monsters" in our world are imaginary and human. It captures parenting, death, and life very well.
I thought it was okay but I will not read any more of this author's books. Trite in many places and too many places that he tries to scare you like so many other books but not much innovative.
Good, creepy mystery...or is it horror? It would be a spoiler to disclose in a review.
A good chiller, a bit too reminiscent of "Silence of the Lambs" but enjoyable nonetheless. What I liked the most was the relationship between Tom and Jake, Father and Son. The relationship between a man in mourning who is trying the best he can to be a loving, supportive, single father, and a little boy dealing with changes and grief in his own ways. The story was touching in how the characters interact and learn to live with what life has given them.
Wow! I just finished this book tonight. All the praise I had read or heard about was well deserved! This book was so well developed in characters, plot & haunting emotions that it will linger with me for a long, long time!
When I first began reading this, Stephen King's "The Shining" along with "Silence of the Lambs" came to mind though the story is different from both. I categorize the genre as "Creepy Crime" since the antagonist reminded me of Hannibal Lechter minus the cannabalistic tendencies. Driven by a father/son theme, the story is well paced, characters have depth though the outcome is somewhat predictable. For those who prefer crime drama with a dash of horror, you'll enjoy this immenseley.
After reading this book, I immediately got up and checked all my windows and doors to make sure they were locked. A little bit of Mindhunter, a little bit of The Haunting of Hill House, this chilling supernatural thriller will leave you unable to sleep at night, listening for whispers at your window.
The Whisper Man by Alex North is one of those books that captures your attention instantly and stays in your mind long after the last page is turned. Tom Kennedy and his seven-year-old son Jake move to the English small town of Featherbank to start a new life after the sudden death of Tom's wife. It was in Featherbank that, twenty years before, a psychopath had abducted and killed five young boys. Detective Pete Willis did not rest until Frank Carter was arrested and jailed forever for these horrible crimes. Carter was called the Whisper Man because the parents of the victims reported that their children had said that a man was whispering outside their bedroom window before the abductions. Now, after all this time, another boy disappears and his mother mentions that her son had said he heard a man whispering outside the window. Detectives Pete Willis and Amanda Beck believe that the perpetrator must be an accomplice of the Whisper Man. And then, little Jake Kennedy hears whispers in the night! This book is more than creepy: what makes it shine is the sensitive way the author develops the relationships. This is not your average scary tale. So turn up the lights and close your curtains and sink into something you will not soon forget.
"A creepy, sinister, can't-put-it-down story of a town that survives and then relives the crimes of a child serial killer. For those who love psychological thrillers (with the absence of gore but plenty of plot twists and turns), The Whisper Man is a grand ride into the minds of those who kill and those who are victims. You'll find yourself looking over your shoulder when reading this book. Don't stand too close to an open window..." --Helen Gregory, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, Colo.
The best example of a well written "nightmare" that I have read in a long time. I loved it!
I can't recall the last time I read a novel in this particular genre that stirred so many emotions in me. It terrified me, shocked me, broke my heart, creeped me out, and so much more! This beautifully written, expertly plotted novel, full of twists and turns and even supernatural elements, is the Best Crime Novel of 2019, hands down. It was so good I kept thinking, as I was reading, that it must be made into a movie.. and yes, I found out later that a film studio has already purchased the rights to do just that. Can't wait to see the film! In the meantime: READ THIS BOOK!
Based on all of the reviews, I thought this book was going to be a lot scarier than it was. It just didn't give me the chills that I was expecting. It is still a good book though, and I enjoyed it.
As I think of several other books I have given 5 stars to, its not fair to compare "the Whisper Man" to any of them. It stands as exceptional in its genre of drama-thriller, with a touch of "Sixth Sense" supernatural. I enjoyed the quick moving, yet descriptive pace. The characters were very believable and I thought the author's choice of ending for all the characters was very good. One of the best aspects of the narrative was the paucity of violent or gory details. The reader knows what is or had happened but is left by the author to flesh in the picture; the resulting effect is heightened tension, fear and horror. Alfred Hitchcock would love to film this.
A New & Noteworthy pick. This debut thriller provides some chills to escape the summer heat. “If you're lonely, sad and blue the Whisper Man will come for you." Twenty years ago young boys went missing after hearing whispers in the night only to turn up dead. It’s happening again…
A mix of thriller and horror, a widowed father and young son move into a small community, however their house was once occupied by a killer called the Whisper Man, and soon the young boy is talking to imaginary friends and hearing whispers outside his own window. Intimately written, this one will stick with you.