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NkBut The Whisper eBook #190 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 nightJust as Tom and Jake settle into their new home a young boy vanishes His disappeara This is Alex North s crime debut and what a impressive debut it is It drips with atmosphere a disturbing story of The Whisper Man who over 20 years ago kidnapped and murdered 5 local boys in the small town of Featherbank Frank Carter is the Whisper Man incarcerated in prison reveling in his notoriety and reputation playing mind games with 56 year old DI Pete Willis the man who caught him Despite the emotional cost Pete has persevered through the years visiting Carter in prison in the hope of a clue to where the body of victim young Tony Smith can be recovered so his grieving parents can at least achieve a small measure of peace The monster that is Carter and his horrific acts the creepy whispering outside his victim s bedrooms have been immortalised in child lore and local nursery rhymes Everyone thought that time of horror is over but in the present the troubled 6 year old youngster Neil Spencer has gone missing DI Amanda Beck is heading the desperate hunt to locate him but there are eerie hints of the original Whisper Man Did Frank Carter have a unknown accomplice or is this a copycat crimeA grief burdened author Tom Kennedy is fumbling through the wreckage of his life after the devastating sudden death of his beloved wife Rebecca It was Rebecca that was the closest to their sensitive 7 year old son Jake Tom has struggled to connect with his vulnerable and creative son a boy with imaginary friends with an outsider status unable to fit in with his peers at school leaving him open to being bullied Tom with Jake s agreement relocates them to Featherbank with every hope that new beginnings are what they both need to come to terms with the loss of Rebecca and forge a new path However it is not that easy for Tom finds that grief is a stew with a thousand ingredients and not all of them are palatable His fractious relationship with Jake whom he loves absolutely is a tightrope with Tom hanging on in there by comforting his son that whilst they might fight and argue his love for Jake is true In a disturbing narrative Tom is to find that moving house is to immerse him and Jake in the most twisted of a horror of a nightmare one that places Jake in the gravest of dangers where the legend of The Whisper Man grows ever strongerAlex North s writing is compulsive hooking the reader immediately with its themes of fathers and their challenging relationships with their sons grief and loss amidst a background of a child killer running rampant in the town North s characterisation is stellar as can be seen with Tom trying so hard with Jake making errors of judgement slowly becoming aware of just how much Jake is like him eventually beginning to make some inroads by getting some things right with his son Then there is the odious Norman Collins a collector of macabre serial killer murderabilia obsessed with The Whisper Man whilst there are traits that Tom finds that he shares with DI Pete Willis A simply fantastic read with some surprising twists that will appeal to so many crime fiction fans Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC

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Nce 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 ManAnd then Jake begins acting strangely He hears a whispering at his window The Whisper Man is Alex North s debut thriller and what an absolutely riveting read it isIt s some twenty years since Frank Carter began a life sentence for the abduction and murder of five little boys Carter had earned himself the nickname The Whisper Man after his sinister method of whispering at the doors and windows of his victims in order to lure them outside Now though another little boy has gone missing in similar circumstances and the peaceful village of Featherbank is once again fearful of what the outcome may beTom Kennedy and his young son Jake are still drowning in grief a year after the death of Tom s beloved wife Rebecca but Tom is hoping that a move to the sleepy little village of Featherbank will help them start a new chapter in life The new house isn t really what Tom would have chosen it s a creepy run down old house but when Jake saw it he wouldn t look at anything else he loved it on sight and Tom wanted so much for Jake to be happy He was having a problem communicating with his son Rebecca was always the one that Jake turned to and he hoped that this move would help bring them closer togetherDI Amanda Beck heads the new investigation into the missing boy but DI Pete Willis the investigator in the original Whisper Man case is also brought in to help It s always been thought that Carter may have had an accomplice and Willis s intimate knowledge of the original case could be crucialTold from the POV of Tom Jake DI Amanda Beck and DI Pete Willis this is a deftly crafted and compelling thriller where the author has grasped the importance of pace and that combined with a narrative that wastes not a single word each word being designed to hook you into the next ensures that it s a winner The Whisper Man is most certainly a best seller in waiting and Alex North should be justifiably proudThank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange

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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 townAfter 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 Featherba I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year videoNow you know that this one made the cut check out my video review to see the others It s not going to be easy and I need to start with an apology Because over the years I ve told you many times that there s no such thing as monstersI m sorry that I lied Tom arrives at Featherbank with seven year old Jake in tow to escape the memories of their recently deceased wife and motherAnd while their new house seems a bit sinister Featherbank appears to be the idyllic town and the new start that they both craved We were going to be safe hereWe were going to be happyAnd for the first week we were Twenty years ago a string of murders rocked Featherbank Little boys going missing in the dead of night only to show up dead themselves The only clue was that they all heard a man whispering to them at night The only trace of this man is a series of rhymes passed down from the older kids to the younger ones If you leave a door half open soon you ll hear the whispers spokenIf you play outside alone soon you won t be going home And while the killer was eventually caught Detective Inspector Pete knows that there s to it and has spent the last twenty years circling this dying caseBut then the unthinkable happens a child was kidnapped just a few months ago in a method eerily similarThere is one thought on everyone s mind the Whisper Man is back If your window s left unlatched you ll hear him tapping at the glassIf you re lonely sad and blue the Whisper Man will come for you Overall this one was rivetingI m talking absolutely spine tingling and I do not use that lightly The way Alex North conveyed the chilling interactions with the Whisper Man and his victims oh man Spine TinglingThere were several times where I just had to put the book down for a moment to collect myself I loved how realistic the characters were portrayed Tom Jake and Pete were wonderfully fleshed out and dynamic Jake did lean slightly to being overly precocious but it did not ruin the experience for meI also loved the way Alex North bent reality with the inclusion of the mysterious girl who only Jake could see she kept me on my toes throughout the novelVery rarely am I so completely engulfed in reading This book truly had me hooked from cover to cover If you are looking for your summer thriller look no further This is itYouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading I received a free ARC of The Whisper Man by Alex North from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review


10 thoughts on “The Whisper Man

  1. says:

    I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year videoNow you know that this one made the cut check out my video review to see the others It's not going to be easy and I need to start with an apology Because over the years I've told you many times that there's no such thing as monstersI'm sorry that I lied Tom

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    Look at my photo and fake smile because there is nothing in this book makes you smile My dog is scared so much and had nightmares bec

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    3½ starsThe experience of reading this book is like falling asleep in the passenger seat of a car and startling awake with a shuddering jolt of fear a cold window pressing hard against your cheek a cool prickle at the base of your neck an unfamiliar impenetrable darkness outside—and the wrongness of it all hanging in the air like the sour clang of a bell Where are you Here trapped in a book with unknowable t

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    This is Alex North's crime debut and what a impressive debut it is It drips with atmosphere a disturbing story of

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    BOTM AUGUST PICK The Whisper Man is one of those reads that I didn't even slow down to take notes or mark uotes for my review; I bl

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    If you leave a door half open soon you’ll hear the whispers spokenIf you play outside alone soon you won’t be going home If your w

  7. says:

    45 stars rounded upThis is EXACTLY how I like my Police Procedurals with extra thrills and chills Well done Alex North You have a fan in meAfter the sudden death of his wife Tom Kennedy thinks a fresh start is just what he and his young son Jake need A new place will provide a space where they both can healWith that in mind he purc

  8. says:

    The Whisper Man is Alex North’s debut thriller and what an absolutely riveting read it isIt’s some twenty years since Frank Carter began a life sentence for the abduction and murder of five little boys Carter had earned himself the nickname

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    Five Creepy Spooky Stars'If you leave a door half open you'll hear the whisper spokenIf you play outside alone soon you won 't be going home If your Windows left unlatched you'll hear him tapping at the glass If your lonely

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    If this book had a Tinder profile it would read something like thisCliché troubled detective haunted by previous case seeks unknown

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