I finally got to read the most raved about thriller of 2019, The Whisper Man. When I saw ads from penguin about it, I knew immediately that I had to get my hands on it. And I did, so today I’m reviewing it.
Disclaimer: this book was kindly gifted to me by Penguin Random House SA in exchange for an honest review.
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…
First and foremost, I’d like to say that I liked how the book started and it was interesting discovering how the beginning ties into the rest of the story. The first page kept me captivated and intrigued to continue reading. Alex did an amazing job keeping me as a reader engaged throughout this book. His writing is simple and easy to get along with. In terms of the pacing, I feel like it is paced perfectly allowing all the events to take place but not to a point where you feel like it’s dragging just to fill the pages which I enjoy.
In terms of characters, the story is told in multiple perspectives which I find worked really well in helping me understand the main and supporting characters. You get to question everything as the suspense continues. What really stood out for me was the complex relationships between fathers and sons. It was perfectly crafted and delivered considering the complexity. Be aware of that if it’s something that might be a trigger for you.
The plot twist was executed amazingly leading to a great ending. However, I still wanted to know more about Pete. Anyways, it’s a great read, fast-paced, easy to read and I’ll highly recommend it to anyone.
Title: The Whisper Man Author: Alex North Genre: Crime Fiction, Horror Fiction, Psychological Thriller Publisher: Penguin Random House SA Published: June 2019 Page count: 389 Buy: here and here (affiliate link)
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