5 star reads - Courtney

(Arc) The Whisper Man by Alex North

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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 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…

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This is an unexpected new fave. I wasn’t really sure what this was about and I went into it not reading the synopsis. I was completely blow a way. Also after I finished I learned this was a debut….A DEBUT! Alex has absolute amazing writing talent. They way he sucks you in and your so terrified but you can’t help but continue because you want to know what happens. The shock throughout this and the ending is just…wow. 

The story is set between 3 different POVs Pete (DI Willis), Tom Kennedy and Jake Kennedy. You don’t get a lot of chapters with Jake but there are some in between Pete and Tom. Tom and Jake are a perfect duo just trying to put pieces back together when they move the Featherbank. Pete is a detective and when i local boy goes missing it is just like the whisper man cases twenty years ago. The problem is Frank Carter (The Whisper Man) is in jail so who kidnapped the little boy. 

There is an old rhyme that has been told ever since the first 5 boys where killed by The Whisper Man. “If you leave the door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken. If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home.” *Shudders forever.

This book….gah it puts you through so many emotions and your gutted at the end. I was terrified, sad, angry, emotional, relieved, and then it starts all over again. What really got me is I really thought I had the ending planned out by the end and IT DID A COMPLETE TURN and went a different way than I expected.

I will say this the first half of the novel does drag but its giving you background and setting it up for the second half. My god the second half is roller coaster of a ride. The Shock, Thrill, Mystery of it comes together and everything is put in to place.

Alex is a phenomenal writer and i cant wait to see what he comes up with next. He is now a new favorite and i can’t wait. I got a copy from botm this month and I plan on rereading it because it was so good. I hope you pick this one up.

Courtney 💛

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