The Whisper Man

The Whisper Man

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In his debut psychological thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of suspense, as a father and son are 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.
Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250317995
1250317991
Branch Call Number: F NORTH
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm

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StrangelyExuberant
Jan 07, 2020

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.

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KAREN S HARRIS
Dec 30, 2019

Didn't make it thru first chapter. I found it boring.

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Bluebell608
Dec 08, 2019

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.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Dec 02, 2019

Good, creepy mystery...or is it horror? It would be a spoiler to disclose in a review.

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Newmommy09
Oct 25, 2019

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.

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kailee1028
Oct 16, 2019

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!

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jontalk
Oct 13, 2019

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.

JCLMeghanF Oct 01, 2019

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.

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carolefort
Sep 26, 2019

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.

debwalker Sep 26, 2019

"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.

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Aug 13, 2019

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