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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Whisper Man
  • Alex North
  • English
  • 13 July 2017
  • 9781250318008

10 thoughts on “The Whisper Man

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    I have read my way through 315 books to bring you my Top 10 Books of the Year video.Now 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 monsters.I 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 mother.And 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 here.We were going to be happy.And 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 spoken.If 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 case.But 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 glass.If you re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you. Overall this one was riveting.I 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 Tingling.There 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 me.I 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 novel.Very 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 it YouTube Blog Instagram Twitter Snapchat miranda.reads Happy Reading I received a free ARC of The Whisper Man by Alex North from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

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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 because I read him some passages Five this book turned me into creepy paranoid who is afraid of her own shadow, leave the lights on before sleeping, scream as soon as hearing any approaching footsteps inside the house, wow actually I was doing all of these before, but it s still good to point a finger to something as a reason of my awkward behaviors stars As soon as I got the printed copy of this book, I became so agitated because there was another gift with the copy A FREAKING CARD As soon as you open the card, a creepy young girl s voice started to sing the ominous words If you leave a door half open, soon you ll hear the whispers spoken I threw away the card urgently like there was some burning object into my hands But my vengeful husband saw my reaction Oh the biggest mistake I always scare him off when he was watching a horror movie I approach behind his back and at the most terrifying moment of the movie, I shake him and say BOOO Ha ha you should see him cry like a baby So my husband whose sign is Scorpio relentless avenger , used this singing gift card for his revenge plan When I was about to take a beautiful nap in front of the television playing Secret Obsession The last worst Netflix fiasco , he put the card into my ear and open it Yes, you should see me screaming like toddler So I hesitated too many times to start this book But I told myself, I m living in LA, there are scariest thing at the streets walking botoxed and bleached blondes everywhere So I buckled up, put my earlaps as a precaution for another prank attack from my husband and start to read I loved this book completely The things most I liked DYSFUNCTIONAL FATHER SON RELATIONSHIPS From Frank and Francis the freakiest father and son to Pete and Tom and finally Tom and Jake All of them have connection issues and all of them have inner demons to strangle First ones didn t achieve to do that, Pete made his best and Tom is still trying STORYTELLING Well crafted story telling, smartly organized twists and shocking surprises, unputdownablity, fast and furious pacing CHARACTERS All the characters have too many flaws and they don t carry ideal heroic materials but I still loved every one of them I loved to see how Pete is willing to pay his past dues and struggle but always win his fight with alcohol I loved to see Tom s efforts to connect with his son and show how much he cared for him even he was in deep pain of the recent loss of his beloved wife And little, sweet but also a little bit scary Jake This little one is combination of Sixth Sense s Cole and Ring s Aidan with amazing drawing skills and quiet flourished imagination He s the key element of the story Because he s always one step ahead from all the characters including the murderer ENDING Two parts of ending Jake s bedroom part and prison part were fantastic and also spooky as hell There was a Friends episode that Joe was hiding the Shining book at the freezer because he was too afraid to finish it I thought I should have done the same to this book, too many times But I wanted to see the finish line and now I will probably suffer from nightmares And that sweet singing card don t help me This book is definitely one of the best thrillers of this year And maybe it s my number one on my favorite thrillers list I know it s early to decide, there are so many upcoming releases But I highly recommend it to readers who are brave enough to face their nightmares as Pete told little Jake, nightmares help us to get rid of our stuffed frustrations and overloaded anxiety , and real devoted fans of mystical, surprising, twisty thrillers.

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    3 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 terrors moving in subtly like dark air before a thunderstorm And all of them are dogging Tom Kennedy s heels Tom s life had bent to a wretched avenue when his wife died, and he sunk to the darkest depths of a scattered, aimless mourning It was grief on top of deep weariness, and he feared he would snap like bowstrings But his son s Jake s face would not let the threads unwound Their relationship was like a flag, fragile on the wind, and they merely maneuvered around each other every day, as if the other were an awkward lamp or a misplaced vase Clawing desperately at a fresh start, Tom moves with his son into the small town of Featherbank, but they re soon lunged into a slow mo nightmare Featherbank s past seems to have stored up violence like a battery, and when a boy goes missing, it comes surging back with vengeance An ominous song that the townsfolk traded like coin spoke of The Whisper Man Featherbank s most notorious serial killer who lured his young victims away from their homes by whispering at their windows But Frank Carter is locked away in prison detective Peter Willis made sure of that though rumors of him having had an accomplice were never put to bed.When Jake starts acting strangely, Tom can t escape the feeling of having always been on a collision course with this place and this monster That old rage rises in Tom, the one that swore it would burn down the world before he let any harm come to his son If you leave a door half open, soon you ll hear the whispers spoken.If you play outside alone, soon you won t be going home.If your window s left unlatched, you ll hear him tapping at the glass.If you re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you North s uncluttered, crisp prose helps push the narrative at a brisk pace, and though the mechanics of the plot sometimes seem to grind and stall and the final reveal does not pack as much rattling energy as one would hope, the emotional terrain of the book remains clear and compelling I was fully invested and never bored I became acutely aware, with every page turn, of a quietly encroaching eventuality, and it made me want to scuttle under the covers like a frightened squid, a strange darkening slinking slowly forward like a cat across the lawn, as the novel marches with cool, classical inevitability toward its terrible conclusion If you re paying attention, you may figure out who the monster is the clues are there all along and the author puts them together in a clever way.The torn open stomach of parenthood and the anxieties that abound within it have been fodder for fiction for years And with The Whisper Man, North joins the conversation in a quietly powerful way Tom s undimmed love for his son is a lantern glow in the center of the story a bright spot like a firefly guiding the way forward and it gladdens my heart to think of it When Tom had lost his wife, he d thought he d lost sight of any landmark that might have led his small family someplace happier The thought of letting Jack down, of not being good enough of a parent, gave him such continual anguish It came to him obtrusively, obsessively, always with a painful shock, and Tom felt the terrible truth of it in the seemingly unbridgeable distance between them the impassable distance between a father and son even when they were within arm s reach of each other But when a threat to his son s life bathed Tom in the furnace heat of a menace as unforgiving as a wildfire, the bedrock atrocity of his insecurities dwindled to ember and ash, driven out by a love so caustic it seared every nerve His relationship with his son might be damaged and eroded, but it was not destroyed They ll jigsaw the jangled, broken thing it became, until it fit itself back together and begin, perhaps, to mend.All in all, a solid read ko fi blog twitter tumblr

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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 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 crime A 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 stronger.Alex 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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    BOTM AUGUST PICK The Whisper Man is one of those reads that I didn t even slow down to take notes or mark quotes for my review I blew through at record speed, finishing this one within a single sitting I couldn t put it down until I had every last detail of the case solved I ll be honest, based on the synopsis I was bracing myself for a Silence of the Lambs wannabe a devilishly charismatic serial killer sitting in prison who will only talk to a particular detective about a case involving another serial killer sounds all too familiar, but please believe me when I tell you that this is where the similarities end and the unique aspects of the plot begin Also, I know that this appears on the surface to be another run of the mill police procedural, but it is so much than that Gather round, friends, and let s chat about this stunning debut for a moment There are a lot of individual threads running loose throughout the course of the story, but the good news is that most of them converge towards the end of the novel, which makes for some satisfying twists and emotional reunions I m going to tiptoe around specifics, because there s a delicate balance of reeling you in and not giving anything away when it comes to this terrifying tale, and I d hate to be the one to ruin your experience with The Whisper Man This is a story about the abductions and murders of many children, for sure, but it s so much deeper than that We also have an exposition on grief, from multiple characters on many levels, and how that grief can affect our daily actions, our thought process, and how we connect with those who need us most It s also an alert to how our actions have a ripple affect to those around us, and can alter the course of our local history.I think I ll leave the summing up there, but I do feel it worth mentioning that, although I guessed the who was behind the second batch of murders, there were many twists I didn t see coming sprinkled throughout the book, and this was way satisfying than one big twist at the end that ultimately ends up being a Hail Mary I m so pleased to see that the Russo brothers are adapting this for film, as I think they ll give this story the proper attention it deserves in making the film than just a gory tale Highly recommended to readers who don t mind graphic violence and are looking for that next thriller that they won t be able to put down Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

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    The Whisper Man is Alex North s debut thriller, and what an absolutely riveting read it is It 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 be.Tom 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 together.DI 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 crucial.Told 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 proud Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange

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    Five Creepy Spooky Stars If you leave a door half open, you ll hear the whisper spoken.If 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, sad, and blue, the whisper man will come for you Tom Kennedy has just lost his wife and he and his seven year old son, Jake move to Featherbank Unfortunately there is a serial killer that is preying on this small town and an investigation is going on.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.Then twenty years later a boy in the town goes missing and it looks like what happened twenty years ago is starting all over again, but the whisper man from twenty years ago is in jail, so who is this Whisper Man Amanda Beck and Pete Willis are on the hunt to find the boy before it is too late.This book grabbed me from the very beginning and did not let go until the end I loved this book It was so spooky and creepy and it had a supernatural sinister vibe to it This is a fast paced read with very short chapters which I love I wish every book was written with short chapters This is a dark suspenseful thriller It is so addicting I love serial killer books and this one kept me guessing Just the idea of a serial killer whispering at people s windows at night freaks me out I really loved the premise of this book You will want to read this one at night with the light on This book is very creepy but the way that it is written, I do not think that it was scary It was an intense read.My favorite character was Jake, and he was so real His character was so well developed He just came to life I loved reading about him.This was a Traveling Friends group read.I want to thank Celadon Books for the free arc of the book in exchange for a honest review.Available Now

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    4.5 stars rounded up This is EXACTLY how I like my police procedurals, with thrills and chills Well done, Alex North After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy thinks a fresh start is just what he and his young son, Jake, need They need a fresh start in a new place a chance to heal.With that in mind, he purchases a home and moves them to the small town of Featherbank Unbeknownst to Tom, the town has a sordid and frightening past.20 years ago a serial killer abducted and killed 5 residents He was captured, tried for his crimes and imprisoned The killer s name was Frank Carter, known to the world as The Whisper Man, as he lured children out of their homes by whispering at their windows and doors.The Whisper Man has become a bit of a legend in the small town and even decades later, his crimes are fresh in the minds of many.When a boy in Jake s class gets abducted, the similarities to the Whisper Man crimes, cause many to wonder if he had an accomplice all those years ago, or if perhaps a clever copy cat has surfaced.This story follows the perspectives of Tom and Jake, as well as two detectives working the case, and even the killer himself.I loved the atmosphere of this one It felt gritty and heavy Any scene with Jake in it, your classic creepy kid, left me entirely unsettled Creepy kids, y all, they re real.The action was high intensity and I felt the investigatory portions were well done.I will admit, I was a little nervous going into this one because I had heard mixed reviews However, I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely read books by this author.Thank you so much to the publisher, Celadon Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review My apologies for taking so long It was definitely worth the wait

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    If you leave a door half open, soon you ll hear the whispers spoken.If you play outside alone, soon you won t be going home.If your window s left unlatched, you ll hear him tapping at the glass If you re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you over the years I ve told you many times that there s no such thing as monsters.I m sorry that I lied Author Your guess is as good as mine Alex North is a nom de plume image from Dificonomist.comA child has disappeared Snatched from the streets His taking bears an uncanny resemblance to a series of child abductions that occurred twenty years ago Which is a problem because the perpetrator of those crimes, one Frank Carter, has been nicely tucked away in prison ever since he was convicted of the crimes Deputy Inspector Pete Willis should know He is the copper who put Carter away Willis is called in to assist a young DI on the case, because of his familiarity with Carter That familiarity includes knowing that one of the missing boys was never found It has included visits to the prison where the large near 300 pound, 6 5 Carter does his best Hannibal Lecter impression, teasing Willis with obscure clues, without giving him much, really, but letting it be known he knows than he should Did Carter have an undiscovered associate two decades ago Does he have a partner now Tom Kennedy, a writer, and his seven year old son, Jake, have just undergone a tragedy of their own Rebecca was found dead in their home, Jake being the one who discovered his mother s body The memories too much, Tom has moved to Featherbank, a pleasant seeming community, to an odd looking house, hoping for a fresh start Our house.We were here.I pulled into the driveway The house still looked the same, of course, but the building seemed to have different ways of staring out at the world The first time I d seen it, it had seemed forbidding and frightening almost dangerous and then the second, I d thought it had character Now, just for a moment, the odd arrangement of windows reminded me of a beaten face, with an eye pushed up over a badly bruised cheek, the skull injured and lopsided I shook my head and the image disappeared But an ominous feeling remained Uh oh Makes one wonder if maybe, just maybe, there might be something special about the house, and or its prior residents and not in a happy way.One manifestation of Jake s post mom trauma is a special friend, which causes him no end of grief, at school in particular, but Jake is not the most social He will take his friendships where he finds them, and the girl in the blue and white checked dress is the only one who wants to play with him Do you remember I guess Say it, then He sighed, put the pencil down, and looked at her As always, she was wearing a blue and white checked dress, and he could see the hash of a graze on her right knee that never seemed to heal While the other girls here had neat hair, cut level at the shoulders or tied back in a tight ponytail, the little girl s was spread out messily to one side and looked like she hadn t brushed it in a long time.From the expression on her face now, it was obvious she wasn t going to give up, so he repeated what she d told him If you leave a door half open It should have been surprising that he did remember it all, really, because he hadn t made any special effort to make the words stick But for some reason, they had One day, when Tom overhears Jake talking in two distinct voices, he becomes alarmed, as Jake s imaginary friend has always been a silent partner, one whom Tom has come to accept When Jake tells him that the other voice was the boy in the floor we are well into creepytown, and when Jake starts hearing whispering, the sort of whispering reported by abductees two decades back, it goes from weird to threatening The idea for the story, or at least one element of it, originated in an experience the author had with his son When we moved into our new house, there was a day when my son, who was about four at the time, talked about playing with the boy in the floor That stuck with me, and I eventually decided that Jake in the book would have imaginary friends and some of them would be quite frightening The story developed from there from the Celadon interviewAnother is the notion of male parenting Very specifically, I wanted to write about a widowed father struggling to connect with his grieving son from the Celadon interviewFather son relationships permeate the story Tom and Jake s relationship is where our focus lies Tom is a well realized character, and I am sure there are many of us fathers who can appreciate the struggles Tom goes through trying to connect with and be the best father he can to his young son, even without sharing Tom and Jake s particular trauma Tom and Jake both recovering from the death of Rebeca Kennedy does not make it any easier Not only does Tom struggle with his relationship with his son, his relationship with his own father ended the day he witnessed at least a part of a terrifying parental fight Raging Dad left, never to return DI Willis has demons of his own, among them his guilt at not being able to stop Frank Carter sooner all those years ago, and not being able to get Carter to give him the burial site for the last of the children he had murdered, despite Carter luring him in from time to time And one must, of course, wonder what sort of parenting Carter had gotten One creepy motif that pops up from time to time is that of a Corpse Moth You can imagine where it might be found It shows up in some other places as well Another dark and wonderful element is a collector of the unspeakable, or is there to him The story is told from alternating perspectives Primary among these is Tom Kennedy s We get his take in a first person voice We also see some things from Jake s perspective The emotional progress of the story flows through them Pete s chapters give us, in addition to the personal angst which defines his existence, the gumshoe progress of the investigation, the field visits, interrogations, analysis of evidence, appended by a handful of chapters from the perspective of DI Amanda Peck, the primary on the investigation There is a smattering of other chapters from other perspectives, among about seventy chapters in the book.The short chapters help keep the pace fast While you will be able to knock out a bunch at a dedicated reading session, you can also get through a few chapters on a bus or train ride, or in some short reading at bed time I warn you, though, depending on what parts of the book you are on, you might find it difficult to fall asleep It takes a fair bit for a book to get a rise of the scary sort out of me There were several instances, while reading this book, in which the hair on my arms stood up at attention, and it had nothing to do with a breeze or a change in temperature Seriously, seriously creepy, in the best possible way.Gripes Not really, except the frustration of not knowing Alex North s real name I wouldn t want to say this too softly THE WHISPER MAN IS A FIRST RATE, ENGAGING, SCARY THRILLER THAT WILL MAKE YOU CARE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS, MAKE YOU WANT TO FIGURE OUT THE MYSTERY ALONG WITH THEM, AND MAY VERY WELL SCARE THE BEJESUS OUT OF YOU IT MIXES KIDS, COPS AND HORRORS FOR AN UNBEATABLE READING EXPERIENCE CAN YOU HEAR ME IN THE BACK My skin tingled as I remembered what had happened last night the figure I d imagined standing at the base of my bed, its hair splayed out like the little girl that Jake had drawn The sensation of my foot being shaken Wake up, Tom. Review Posted August 9, 2019Publication USA Celadon Books August 20, 019 UK Penguin Books UK June 13, 2019There are whispers that I received this e book from NetGalley Come closer, there is something else I need to tell you Sorry, still too far, can you come just a bit nearer Don t worry, I won t bite Just a wee bit , just one step There you go, now, GOTCHYA December 2019 The Whisper Man is named one of s Best Books of 2019 Mysteries and Thrillers fuh sure EXTRA STUFFFrom Celadon Books Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son No social media links for this author until and unless we learn who he actually is Interview Celadon Books Author Alex North on His Suspenseful Thriller The Whisper Man by Rebecca WrightExcerpts EW Dead Good Books The Reading ListItems of Interest The Corpse Moth The Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones a fantasy coming of age book Tom had loved as a child, and preserved to read to his own son The Whisper Man snapped up in Hollywood film deal The Russo Brothers Avengers Endgame have acquired rights to the novel, to adapt it into a motion picture.

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    4.5 starsShh can you hear that Tom Kennedy is looking to make a new start His wife died and he and his son, Jack, have moved into a new home in a new town in hopes of doing just that Tom is not aware that twenty years ago, in their new town, a serial killer nicknamed the Whisper Man lured young boys away from the safety of their homes by whispering into their windows at night He just wants to start over and protect his son, who is a creative child who frequently talks to his imaginary friend An imaginary friend who knows a riddle, one that serves as a warning about the whisper man Prior to their move, a local boy, Neil Spencer, went missing reigniting old fears and rumors as this boy s case resembled the missing boys cases from twenty years ago Did the Whisper Man work alone all those years ago Is there a copy cat killer out there Are the crimes even related DI Amanda Beck is the lead on the case but must rely on DI Pete Willis to help as he arrested the Whisper Man twenty years ago His knowledge may prove crucial if these cases are related Police detective Pete Willis visits the Whisper Man Frank Carter in prison in hopes of finding out some information Frank Carter enjoys his notoriety almost as much as he enjoys taunting DI Willis The body of one of his victims has never been found and that case has always haunted DI Willis Is he too close to this or does he have what it takes to solve the case I seriously loved this book It was creepy and captivating at the same time It sucked me in, and I couldn t turn the pages fast enough Alex North has himself a winner here This one lures the reader in right away He has also created interesting and likable characters Pete is dealing with his own personal issues while trying his best to be a good detective Tom and Jack are likable characters who recently experienced a loss This pulls on the readers heartstrings right away and helps create tension when strange things begin to happen This book evokes emotion Yes, this book is creepy and eerie, but it is also a book about relationships Relationships between fathers and sons The relationship between a Detective and the serial killer he helped put behind bars There is an incredible human element here When you have characters you care about, you don t want anything bad to happen to them, then when it looks as if they may be in danger your heart begins pounding, and you begin to wonder what is going to happen next Phew Another plus is that this book is not gory or graphic Losing a child is every parent s worst fear and we are told it happens, but we are not shown anything graphic North was able to create chilling tension without having any horrific scenes This book is told in various POV s which really worked move the plot along Another nice addition were the twists and turns along the way Little reveals leading up to the end This made the book move at just the right pace for this reader Nothing felt rushed The pace along with the plot kept me on the edge of my seat wanting Captivating book that focuses on the people and the crime Although there is an investigation to find the kidnapper killer, I would not call this a police procedural book Again, the focus is on the characters.This was a thoroughly engrossing and chilling book which was inspired by the author s own son who told him he was playing with the boy in the floor Thank you to Celadon Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The Whisper ManAfter 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 FeatherbankBut 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 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 ManAnd Then Jake Begins Acting Strangely He Hears A Whispering At His Window

About the Author: Alex North

Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son The Whisper Man was inspired by North s own little boy, who mentioned one day that he was playing with the boy in the floor Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name.