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  • Entertaining and complex mystery

    This was very well done. This book got my attention after reading a few really favorable reviews. Once I looked a little further, I decided that this was my kind of book and decided that I needed to read it. This was a book that hooked me rather quickly and was rather hard to put down at times. I had a really good time with this story and am really glad that I decided to give it a try. Tom is trying to move on with his life after the loss of his wife. It is now just him and his son, Jake, and Jake is not dealing with the loss very well. Tom decides that moving into a new house is the step they need. Meanwhile, a boy in town disappears and the details are incredibly similar to the events twenty years earlier when "The Whisper Man" terrorized the community. I really enjoyed the mystery in this book. I thought that the mystery was rather complex and I couldn't wait to see how all of the pieces would end up coming together. I was never exactly sure how things would work out and I found myself working along with the characters to try to piece things together. There were plenty of surprises and I enjoyed the fact that the book kept me guessing until the end. I thought that the characters were well done. Tom and Jake were hurting from their loss at the start of the story. Most of the book is told from Tom's point of view and I really liked that we got to see his doubts and concerns. In addition, we also get to know some of the detectives working on the case. I didn't agree with everything that these characters did in the story but they seemed very real to me. They were flawed but trying to make their life better. I thought that Christopher Eccleston did a great job with the narration of this book. I think that I enjoyed the book just a bit more because of his performance. He did a great job with the character voices and I thought that he was able to add a lot of emotion into his reading. He had a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time. I would definitely recommend this book to others. This was a very well done and rather complex mystery that grabbed my attention and didn't let go. I wouldn't hesitate to read more of Alex North's work in the future. I received an advanced review copy of this book from Celadon Books via Bookish First and I borrowed a copy of the audiobook from my local library.

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  • Creepy AF

    I knew when I started The Whisper Man that the story would be creepy. I was warned by everyone and their mother, from the jacket of the book to every review I encountered. Even still, I don’t think I was adequately prepared for to story that unfolded. The Whisper Man is every parent’s worst nightmare. He comes to the window of young boys and whispers to them, luring them out of their beds. But the Whisper Man was caught years ago, and yet a new missing boy leads police to suspect someone in his circle. After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy moves to the town of Featherbank with his sensitive young son Jake. But as they settle into their new house, strange things begin to happen, starting with Jake hearing whispering outside his window. It’s told from multiple perspectives in the third person, except for Tom, who narrates his section. It worked surprisingly well for revealing details but also keeping the reader in the dark and on the edge. I devoured this book. While the creep factor was seriously real, so was the strong writing, interesting characters, and solid plot. It had all the best elements of a good thriller.

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  • Suspense with a side of horror

    This was such an addictive page-turner. I could not stop reading and stayed up two nights in a row until I literally dropped my e-reader on my face and had to call it for the night. The short chapters made it so easy to just read one more, which then would turn into 10 more. I had a real need to find out what would happen next and, especially near the end, it was impossible to put down. The suspense was made all the more intense by a serious level of creepiness. Serial killers don’t usually scare me, and this is a serial killer story, but there were a few things that seemed to possibly be supernatural that were seriously spine-chilling. I love horror and I don’t scare easily but this had a few parts that gave me the shivers. Unnaturally deep voices coming from children is a typical horror element that is right up there among things I never want to experience. I enjoyed the perspective switching between that of the father and his precocious son and that of the police searching for the missing boy. With this type of switch in other books I have often wished for one to be over quickly so I could get back to the more exciting and interesting characters, but in this case both were equally compelling. I was surprised by some of the ways that these two perspectives tied together and one connection in particular was a real shocker. This book kept me glued to the pages and invested the entire story. I was never bored or wishing that the story would hurry up and get to the good parts because it was all good parts. The high level of spookiness made this one extra special because I do love to be scared and it doesn’t happen very often. Suspense with a side of horror is just how I like it! Thank you to Celadon Books for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.

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  • hybrid mystery, suspense, thriller, supernatural

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review. The Whisper Man is a hybrid of mystery, suspense, thriller and supernatural. Tom Kennedy’s wife died about a year ago, and he and his young son, Jake, move to a new house in a new town for a new beginning. Unfortunately, they picked the town where a serial killer, The Whisper Man, preyed on young boys. While The Whisper Man has been in prison for the last 20 years, another little boy has disappeared. Add to that, they bought the so-called Scary House and now Jake hears someone whispering to him in the night. Is there an accomplice? The story is definitely character-driven. Narration switches between Tom, Jake, the police, the suspects, the killer. The writing is solid and doesn’t rely on graphic violence. It is much more subtle, letting your imagination give you the creeps. The characters are well-developed, real-life people. Jake is a loner with just one friend, an imaginary girl. But how does an imaginary girl know the things she knows? What I didn’t seem to care much for is that there is a lot of redundancy. Tom doubts his fatherly skills, repeatedly, and the policeman from the original case is haunted by the fact that they were never able to find the remains of one boy. He is a recovering alcoholic constantly battling his urge to drink again. While this was a very creepy tale with some chilling scenes, I’m not sure I agree with all the 5-star reviews I’ve seen. It plodded along at times and, quite honestly, there was never an edge of my seat moment. There are a few plot twists, but you could almost see them coming. It was a good story and well-written, but I just don’t get all the hype. I do see this being a movie. “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.”

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  • stuff of nightmares

    Whispers outside a child’s bedroom window. What could be more frightening? Rhymes that remind you to lock your doors so the Whisper Man doesn’t get you. This is the stuff of children’s nightmares. This isn’t just a nightmare though, this is real for the residents of Featherbank. 15 years ago a serial killer terrorized the families in Featherbank, abducting children. Now it’s happening again, but the serial killer is behind bars. Neil Spencer is 6 years old and on a journey from his father’s house to his mother’s. A six year old shouldn’t have to make this journey alone. At six, a little boy should have a hand to hold. But Neil doesn’t. Neil is easy prey. And prey he becomes. It can’t be the Whisper Man, even though his mother recalls Neil telling her he was hearing whispers at night from a monster outside his bedroom window. No, the real Whisper Man is locked away forever. Yet Neil heard the whispers and now Neil is missing. Who is responsible? This story strikes fear in parent’s hearts. When you have a child, one of your worst fears is child abduction. Even though Neil’s parents were less than perfect, they shouldn’t have to go through losing a child this way. So when Tom Kennedy and his son Jake move to Featherbank to escape the memories from the death of mother and wife Rebecca, they believe they are starting over. Starting over clear across the country in a charming little town and a strange little house. They don’t know the story of the Whisper Man. The characters have their flaws. Tom tends to stay distant from Jake, feeling he isn’t the father he should be. Jake is worried that his father doesn’t want him now that his mother is gone. Detectives Beck and Willis each have their own issues. Beck is trying to climb the ladder, and Willis still harbors demons from the original Whisper Man case. These are real people who simply want to find their way. The Whisper Man was frightening. The kind of story that sent chills down my spine and kept me up half the night to find out how it was going to end. A mystery is well-written when the guilty party is unexpected. A mystery strikes a chord when it is something that you fear yourself. This mystery has all those elements. It also has a few surprises along the way. It also wasn’t just about the mystery of the Whisper Man, it was a book about real people trying to make the best of bad situations. It was a very well rounded story that I enjoyed immensely (while chewing on my fingernails!)

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