RATING – 5/5
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.
Your search for a spine tingling thriller ends here. The Whisper Man by Alex North was simply riveting. I am not one for using a night light when I sleep. I usually like my room to be pitch dark. But while reading this book, I found myself leaving the bathroom light switched on lest I find a shadow standing at the foot of my bed.
Tom and his seven year old son Jake, move to the small idyllic town of Featherbank in search of a fresh start after the death of his wife/Jake’s mother. They move into this strange looking house that Jake is enamored by for some reason. Everything seems perfectly fine in the beginning but Featherbank has a dark past. Twenty years ago, there were a string of horrific murders, little boys would go missing only to turn up dead later. The only clue to those crimes was that in each case the child complained of an unknown man who would whisper to them from the gaps in doors and windows at night. Although the perpetrator was caught, his last victim was never found and he still psychologically tormented those involved in the case from the prison. The lead detective at the time D.I Pete knows that this story is not over and has spent the last 20 years still in search for the last victim. Now there are young boys vanishing again and these disappearances have an eerie similarity to the old crimes and Detective Amanda Beck and Pete have to work together to stop this new monster while seven year old Jake begins to behave strangely, hearing whispers in the night..
This was such a great read and so well thought out. Even though it’s chilling it has its share of emotional moments that really land. The characters are so amazingly fleshed out and the father- son relationships explored across generations, some struggling and some dysfunctional will give you all the feels. Alex North’s prose is crisp and smartly structured. At no point in the book did I feel that the writing was dragging or redundant. There is no outright supernatural element in the book. But throughout the read there is this eerie undercurrent that flows through, grabbing your senses at certain moments and makes you wonder..what if? From Jake’s imaginary friend to the corpse moth that are found at various places, the author artfully bends reality to add that delicious layer of spookiness. The Whisper Man is a thrilling and engaging book that keeps incredible pace, scares you and makes you care about the characters deeply. Alex North, you have found a new fan, I can’t wait to see what’s next.
P.S There are rumours floating that the Russo Brothers are going to adapt this thriller into a movie…Yaaaaas!!!!