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The Whisper Man PDF, ePub eBook 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 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...

30 review for The Whisper Man

  1. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Reads

    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 th 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 more 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 similar... There 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! I received a free ARC of The Whisper Man by Alex North from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paromjit

    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 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.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Maureen

    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 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 *

  4. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    If you're lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you." 4.25 stars 20 years ago, a serial killer known as “The Whisper Man” abducted and killed several young children in a small English town called Featherbank. In the present moment, a little boy has been abducted and it seems that “The Whisper Man” is back at play-- EXCEPT he is in jail. Is there a copycat on the loose or is something more sinister going on in Featherbank? In order to make a fresh start, Tom Kennedy and his son If you're lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you." 4.25 stars 20 years ago, a serial killer known as “The Whisper Man” abducted and killed several young children in a small English town called Featherbank. In the present moment, a little boy has been abducted and it seems that “The Whisper Man” is back at play-- EXCEPT he is in jail. Is there a copycat on the loose or is something more sinister going on in Featherbank? In order to make a fresh start, Tom Kennedy and his son Jake move to Featherbank into a house that is described as being monsterlike and ugly. Once they move in, weird things begin to happen. Jake hears voices and his imaginary friend tells him details about The Whisper Man that he shouldn’t be able to know. Tom is struggling to keep things together for his son, but at the same time worries that something isn’t quite right with his little boy. At the same time, DI Pete Willis, the chief investigator on the original Whisper Man case, is being dragged into the new case. Still haunted by the original killer, his connection to the case goes much deeper than anyone knows. The POV shifts from Tom, Jake, Pete, and Amanda Beck--the DI on the new case. All of their chapters are interesting and equally unreliable. Each had me constantly questioning the identity of the killer. I found Jake’s character to be the most interesting; he is one is a peculiar child and it was quite fascinating to be inside his head. The Whisper Man is riveting from the start. The menacing tone drew me in and had me scared sh*tless (but I am a wimp) and found that I couldn’t read this late at night. There is a high level of tension--I never knew what to expect or what was going to come around the corner. There are also some good twists that I didn’t see coming. This is a highly entertaining, well-crafted psychological thriller with many layers that all tie together, down to the chilling final sentence. I highly recommend and look forward to seeing more from Alex North in the future. I received an ARC of The Whisper Man from Macmillan in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    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 ano 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 more 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 more 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 more 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    4.5 stars Shh 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 frien 4.5 stars Shh 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 more. 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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicola

    4.5 stars ‘ He says he hears a whispering at his window’...... ‘The Whisper Man’ is the hair raising story of widower Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake who move to a quiet English village hoping for a fresh start. But Featherbank has plenty of its own ghosts-20 years ago,a serial killer known as ‘The Whisper Man’ abducted and murdered five young boys. When another boy goes missing and Jake begins to act out in strange ways,Tom fears that he’s losing his grip on reality. Can he uncover the truth bef 4.5 stars ‘ He says he hears a whispering at his window’...... ‘The Whisper Man’ is the hair raising story of widower Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake who move to a quiet English village hoping for a fresh start. But Featherbank has plenty of its own ghosts-20 years ago,a serial killer known as ‘The Whisper Man’ abducted and murdered five young boys. When another boy goes missing and Jake begins to act out in strange ways,Tom fears that he’s losing his grip on reality. Can he uncover the truth before it’s too late ? ‘The Whisper Man’ is the debut thriller by Alex North. And what a thoroughly unputdownable read that was. I haven’t read a thriller in awhile so I was pleased that the steady pacing and not too graphic subject matter made for a riveting and eerie read. I also enjoyed the short chapters that ended on a cliff hanger! This made me continuously want to keep turning those pages. Thoroughly recommend this for readers who enjoy a suspenseful story that plays on your worst fears. Congratulations to Alex North on what is sure to be a very successful and compelling debut thriller. ‘It’s not going to be easy,and I need to start with an apology. Over the years,I told you so many times that there was nothing to be afraid of.That there was no such thing as monsters. I’m sorry that I lied.’

  8. 4 out of 5

    Will Byrnes

    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 Dificon 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.com A 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 more 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 fathers and sons I wanted to write about fathers and sons. 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 more 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, 2019 Publication -----USA – Celadon Books – August 20, 019 -----UK- Penguin Books UK – June 13, 2019 There 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 more, just one step. There you go, now, GOTCHYA! =============================EXTRA STUFF From 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 Wright Excerpts -----EW -----Dead Good Books -----The Reading List Items 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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Stalking Alex North’s debut, The Whisper Man is an outstanding thriller and one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. In tones similar to Stephen King he ramps up compelling suspense with tantalising supernatural possibilities. Alex North structured his novel in a way that is extremely appealing to me, where one character narrates in the first person and the other threads are provided in the third person. This tends to create an opportunity for great story-telling with a personal view to d Stalking Alex North’s debut, The Whisper Man is an outstanding thriller and one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. In tones similar to Stephen King he ramps up compelling suspense with tantalising supernatural possibilities. Alex North structured his novel in a way that is extremely appealing to me, where one character narrates in the first person and the other threads are provided in the third person. This tends to create an opportunity for great story-telling with a personal view to draw you into a particular character. Tom Kennedy is an author and is finding life difficult. He is still reeling from the death of his wife, and his young son, Jake, is worryingly detached from other people. Every conversation he tries to have with Jake, every attempt to understand his son’s feelings, or express his own pain and loneliness, just get inadvertently twisted to compound the problem. The jarring recognition that the harder you try, the more frustrated you get, and the further away from normality you slip. In an attempt to make a fresh start away from the sad, heart-breaking and irrepressible memories, Tom and Jake move home to the town of Featherbank. Jake, however, remains in his own bubble, an outsider, and is often seen talking openly to his imaginary friend, even while at school. The imaginary friend has uncanny premonitions when danger and confrontation loom. These are the characteristics that align with the quest of a serial killer known as The Whisper Man. “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.” Featherbank has a dark sinister past were twenty years ago, the Whisper Man abducted and killed five young boys. All except young Tony Smith have been found and the killer, Frank Carter, was eventually caught by DI Pete Willis and is still serving time in prison. Pete battles a screaming desire for alcohol and confronts psychological problems regarding the investigation into the Whisper Man. He has always felt that with the unrecovered body of Tony, and events that didn’t align in the case, that there was an accomplice. Now 20 years later DI Amanda Beck is leading an investigation into a missing boy, that has all the hallmarks of The Whisper Man. Pete is brought back into the investigation and they must consider if it's an accomplice resurfacing or a copy-cat killer, and why does Frank Carter appear to have an awareness of what is happening? All these uneasy questions and multiple surprises churn throughout this fascinating plot. The horror is just about to get real for Tom and Jake as a devilish figure seems to be conversing in whispers with Jake to open the front door. This thriller is tense and edgy with an evil phantom that lurks in dark corners and just outside windows and doors. The Whisper Man is a totally captivating and engrossing thriller, with marvellous characterisations and deep psychological interplay. The ghost-like threat from a killer is wonderfully developed and played at a pace that maintained an impressive plot momentum. I would highly recommend this book and I’d like to thank Celadon Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy in return for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    This is a menacing novel which is what a great thriller should be and I'm not going to tell you anything about it. Shhhh, did you hear that? I thought I heard a whisper.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Felicia

    If this book had a Tinder profile it would read something like this: Cliché troubled detective haunted by previous case seeks unknown creepy boogeyman. Must have Daddy issues and enjoy torturing small children. ------------------------------ Although I enjoyed this quick read, there's really nothing novel going on here. It's pretty tame compared to similar books in this genre. I was left wanting more. More darkness, more tension, more backstory. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an h If this book had a Tinder profile it would read something like this: Cliché troubled detective haunted by previous case seeks unknown creepy boogeyman. Must have Daddy issues and enjoy torturing small children. ------------------------------ Although I enjoyed this quick read, there's really nothing novel going on here. It's pretty tame compared to similar books in this genre. I was left wanting more. More darkness, more tension, more backstory. I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    marilyn

    What an enjoyable book for me. This book is about fathers and sons and what the love a father, or lack of love of a father, can do to a son. It's about fathers who never forget their failings even long after they've done all they can to change, to become the best person they can be, long after they are no longer the person they used to be. And it's about fathers who are so very good and love so very much but think they are failures and not good enough to be fathers. I came to the book thinking t What an enjoyable book for me. This book is about fathers and sons and what the love a father, or lack of love of a father, can do to a son. It's about fathers who never forget their failings even long after they've done all they can to change, to become the best person they can be, long after they are no longer the person they used to be. And it's about fathers who are so very good and love so very much but think they are failures and not good enough to be fathers. I came to the book thinking there was horror here and there was but it's real life horror, the kind of horror that is worse than supernatural, scary, going ons. Twenty years ago, little boys went missing and were found brutally murdered in the town of Featherbank. DI Pete, found the boys but feels like a failure because he wasn't able to find the last one that was taken. That boy's body was never found and he's haunted by the crimes and by the man who commited the crimes. In the present, Tom and his son Jake move to Featherbank to start over again. A year ago, Tom's wife, Jake's mom, died suddenly, leaving two heartbroken souls, two people so much alike, father and son, that they can't even communicate with each other, try as they might. Seven year old Jake is quiet, precocious, sensitive, smart, and thinks his dad may not love him. Tom is hurting and sometimes angry, at the loss of his wife and at being left along to raise a boy that he thinks he can't do justice. Tom didn't know that when they had moved to this quiet town, that another little boy had been kidnapped in the same manner as the boys of twenty years ago. The kidnapper of old was called the Whisper Man and the police realize that the boy recently kidnapped had heard whispers also. Now Jake is hearing whispers and hearing voices that tell him things that seem linked to the crimes. And Pete is being drawn back into the world of the Whisper Man since he knows so much about the earlier crimes. I loved the way we had the story told to us from the viewpoint of multiple people and especially loved the viewpoints of Tom, Pete, and Jake. Little Jake is so serious, so grown up, so solemn, a little man in a little boy's body. This book is about people and feelings and relationships, with a very real supernatural feel that stays grounded in reality. Thank you to Celadon Books and NetGalley for this ARC.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    Five big Stars! If you like your psychological thrillers with a big creep factor, this one’s for you! Told from multiple POVs, including two DIs, we witness the manhunt for a child abductor and killer. But we also have a father and son that have recently moved into what might be a haunted house. And then there’s the son, who reminds me of the boy in The Sixth Sense. Despite the back and forth between all the characters’ POVs, I never found this confusing. Kudos to North for some wonderful writing Five big Stars! If you like your psychological thrillers with a big creep factor, this one’s for you! Told from multiple POVs, including two DIs, we witness the manhunt for a child abductor and killer. But we also have a father and son that have recently moved into what might be a haunted house. And then there’s the son, who reminds me of the boy in The Sixth Sense. Despite the back and forth between all the characters’ POVs, I never found this confusing. Kudos to North for some wonderful writing and character development. His insights into the individuals grabbed me. “He’d suspected she was ambitious, too - that she'd imagined a case like this might help her career without fully understanding what else it might do.” This one moves at a fast pace and it kept me on the edge of my seat.its a book where you keep turning pages as fast as you can while at the same time not wanting it to end. This is a debut but it certainly doesn’t read like one. There are some amazing insights here. I will definitely be following Alex North to see what he comes up with next. I received a free ARC of The Whisper Man from Macmillan in an exchange for an honest review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    "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 windows left unlatched, you'll hear him tapping at the glass. If you're lonely, sad, and blue the Whisper Man will come for you." This is an excellent book with some creepy moments that will give you chills and the fact that this is a debut makes this even more impressive. The Whisper Man struck 20 years ago in the quaint town of Featherbank when boys began goin "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 windows left unlatched, you'll hear him tapping at the glass. If you're lonely, sad, and blue the Whisper Man will come for you." This is an excellent book with some creepy moments that will give you chills and the fact that this is a debut makes this even more impressive. The Whisper Man struck 20 years ago in the quaint town of Featherbank when boys began going missing only to be found mutilated within the home of Frank Carter. DI Pete Willis helped to put him away all those years ago but the fact that one child was never found has haunted Pete since. Now another boy has gone missing having heard whispers in the night..... DI Amanda Beck is in charge of the investigation and calls on Pete for his help and assistance. For Pete this case is redemption for the guilt he has felt all these years. They are determined to find this boy and capture his kidnapper before it's too late. Recently widowed, Tom Kennedy, and his adorable yet quirky 6 year old son, Jake, have just moved to Featherbank to make a fresh start for themselves. Tom has been struggling with the death of his wife, Rebecca, and can't seem to connect with his son the way his wife once used to. When Jake begins struggling at school, talking to himself, and claiming to hear whispers in the night Tom is at a loss as to what to do. Then the unthinkable happens....but you'll have to read it to find out what! This book is going to be a huge success for this author and it will be well deserved. Keep an eye out for this one come August. I promise you won't be disappointed! 4 stars! Thank you to NetGalley & Celadon Books for providing me with a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kylie D

    If you leave a door half-open Soon you'll hear the whispers spoken... Tom, recently widowed, moves to a new village with his young son Jake. A new start in a new place for both of them. However a boy Jake's age has recently gone missing, his mother saying he was hearing whispers at his door in the days before he disappeared. For the village this brings back memories of a time twenty years ago when five young boys went missing and then later most were found dead. Yet the killer is still languishing If you leave a door half-open Soon you'll hear the whispers spoken... Tom, recently widowed, moves to a new village with his young son Jake. A new start in a new place for both of them. However a boy Jake's age has recently gone missing, his mother saying he was hearing whispers at his door in the days before he disappeared. For the village this brings back memories of a time twenty years ago when five young boys went missing and then later most were found dead. Yet the killer is still languishing in prison. He is known as the Whisper Man. And now Jake is hearing whispers... This book at times is truly creepy, Jake knows things he shouldn't know. And the whispers... The Whisper Man is a compelling read, I found it chilling and very hard to put down. This book will keep you up late at night, and then you'll jump at every little noise... Highly recommended for all lovers of thrillers and suspense.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Susanne Strong

    4.25 Stars* (rounded down). Creeptastic! You know that feeling when the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? When the air feels dark and ominous and your breath catches in your throat and it feels tight and you can’t breathe? Imagine hearing about The Whisper Man.. If you leave a window open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken. If you play outside alone, soon you won't be going home... If you're lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you. It’s just a little tale that all of the 4.25 Stars* (rounded down). Creeptastic! You know that feeling when the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? When the air feels dark and ominous and your breath catches in your throat and it feels tight and you can’t breathe? Imagine hearing about The Whisper Man.. If you leave a window open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken. If you play outside alone, soon you won't be going home... If you're lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you. It’s just a little tale that all of the children in the town of Featherbank have heard, one passed down from generation to generation. One that keeps them up at night. For good reason: The Whisper Man is real. Twenty Years ago Frank Carter kidnapped and killed four children. A fifth went missing never to be found. Carter was apprehended by DI Pete Willis and got life in prison. The problem? The Whisper Man is back and now another child has gone missing. Tom Kennedy and his six year old son Jake move to Featherbank looking for a fresh start. Neither know of Featherbank’s history until Jake hears whispers spoken. “The Whisper Man” was a buddy read with Kaceey. Neither of us had any real idea what we were getting into. If I had one word to describe this suspenseful novel it would be “spooky.” While it slowed down in the second half, the novel picked up at the end and had a fabulous ending. Thank you to NetGalley, Celadon Books and Alex North for an arc of this novel in exchange for an honest review. Published on NetGalley and Goodreads on 7.14.19. Will be published on Amazon on 8.20.19.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nilufer Ozmekik

    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 creep 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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dennis

    Well this was honestly a surprise. It's been a loooooooooong time since I've enjoyed a police-procedural thriller. A very long time indeed. Alex North's debut novel The Whisper Man is one of the best police-procedural novels that I've ever read, ever. Not since Sharon Bolton's The Craftsman, have I ever been so enthralled in a detective mystery. Alex North, you have a bright future ahead of you as an author, I'm telling you now. The Whisper Man has several POVs throughout the novel, but the c Well this was honestly a surprise. It's been a loooooooooong time since I've enjoyed a police-procedural thriller. A very long time indeed. Alex North's debut novel The Whisper Man is one of the best police-procedural novels that I've ever read, ever. Not since Sharon Bolton's The Craftsman, have I ever been so enthralled in a detective mystery. Alex North, you have a bright future ahead of you as an author, I'm telling you now. The Whisper Man has several POVs throughout the novel, but the central theme revolves around writer and father, Tom Kennedy, and his son Jake. Tom's wife Rebecca died just one year earlier, and they family relocates to a new house to escape the horrors of the matriarch's death. At the same time, the family's new town is experiencing turmoil that has resurfaced from decades ago. Twenty years ago, serial killer Frank Carter abducted young boys and murdered them in nearby areas. He was nicknamed "The Whisper Man" because he would lure young boys outside their windows by whispering to them and convincing them to trust him. Once caught, Frank has disappeared in the media—until a young boy is kidnapped. Is Frank operating from within the prison walls or is this a new copycat killer? I don't want to divulge more than that blurb provided, because the best part about The Whisper Man is the shock value it provides. Two of the main characters, Tom and Jake, are both lovable, and slightly offbeat, which is refreshing and intriguing at the same time. I actually really enjoyed every character presented in this book in some aspect (whether I loved them or loved to hate them). The mystery behind this serial killer is absolutely bone chilling! There were moments within the story that I was actually scared and had to peek outside the window to make sure nobody was there. This never happens to me! It's definitely one of the scariest thrillers I've ever read. Alex North, you have a new fan and I cannot wait to see what you have up your sleeve next.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Whispering Stories

    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Tom Kennedy and his seven-year-old son Jake move to the little village of Featherbank, hoping for a new start after the death of Jake’s Mum and Tom’s wife Rebecca who was discovered dead at the bottom of the stairs in their family home. Ever since Jake had to be carried up the stairs refusing to step where his mother had died. The village of Featherbank might have looked like an ideal place to restart their lives. A small community with a village school J Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.com Tom Kennedy and his seven-year-old son Jake move to the little village of Featherbank, hoping for a new start after the death of Jake’s Mum and Tom’s wife Rebecca who was discovered dead at the bottom of the stairs in their family home. Ever since Jake had to be carried up the stairs refusing to step where his mother had died. The village of Featherbank might have looked like an ideal place to restart their lives. A small community with a village school Jake could settle into. However, the place has a dark past. Fifteen-years ago five little boys were kidnapped and murdered by serial killer Frank Carter. Their bodies all found in the same way except one, the last victim Tony Smith, whose body was never discovered. Leading the investigation was DI Pete Willis, who until this day is haunted by the boy’s deaths and the manner in which they were discovered. He was also the man to bring the killer to justice. Frank Carter has been in prison for the last fifteen years. He enjoys the attention and the name given to him ‘The Whisper Man’. He thrives in prison and taunts Pete Willis still all these years later. In the present day, a young six-year-old boy has gone missing. DI Amanda Beck is in charge of the team trying to find the little boy but two months on and there has been no sight of him. Pete Willis is brought into the investigation after the little boy’s mum informs the police that he had told her about a man whispering to him outside his bedroom window at night. The same method that Frank Carter did to his victims before he abducted them. Could Frank of had an accomplice who was never found, or is this the work of someone coping Franks every move and wanting to strike fear into the residents of Featherbank once again? The Whisper Man is a creepy, edge of your seat read. Tom and Jake are both going through a hard time trying to deal with their grief. Tom is an author who is struggling to write. He’s also struggling to connect with his son who has started talking to people who are not really there, or are they? Jake is a young boy who feels like a loner. He has no friends except the little girl that no-one else seems to be able to see, but Jake is adamant she is real. She tells him things that Jake alone wouldn’t know. However, she isn’t the only person Jake starts to see. He sees a little boy too and also hears a man whispering to him. DI Pete Willis is a man that has never gotten over the case of Frank Carter. He puts pressure on himself after he failed to find the body of the last boy murdered by Frank and visits Frank in prison hoping that one day he would slip up and tell him something that would help find Tony. Now the nightmare is starting all over again with another abduction of a little boy. The book is told in the third person and from the POV of Tom, Pete, Jake and at times the new killer too. This is a book that will play with your mind. Can you imagine someone whispering to your children of a night-time, telling them to do things? Someone shimming up the drainpipe and talking to them directly outside their window? Well, that’s what the Whisper Man does. There are also some supernatural elements to the story too, including the little girl who may or may not be real but she certainly knows things and sees things and tells them to Jake, she also helps him too. Couple this with the fact that the family has moved into a house the villagers call ‘The Scary House’ and you just might find it difficult to sleep after reading this book. If you love thrillers then this is one to definitely pick up. It is written in six parts which are all compelling, impressive and will make you feel out of breath as you race through them. Don’t delay, grab a copy today.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Pauline

    Sometimes I start reading a book and everything around me disappears and I am totally engrossed in the story. The Whisper Man by Alex North was one of these books. After the sudden death of his wife Tom and his seven year old son Jake buy a house and make a new start in the village of Featherbank. Everything is difficult from the start as Jake finds it hard to settle down at school and is frightened at home because he hears whispering outside his window. This book was seriously creepy and I found Sometimes I start reading a book and everything around me disappears and I am totally engrossed in the story. The Whisper Man by Alex North was one of these books. After the sudden death of his wife Tom and his seven year old son Jake buy a house and make a new start in the village of Featherbank. Everything is difficult from the start as Jake finds it hard to settle down at school and is frightened at home because he hears whispering outside his window. This book was seriously creepy and I found the tension building in the story a little frightening, I just could not put this book down. This is a debut novel and I can't wait for the next book by this author. Thank you to NetGalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Monika Sadowski

    Omg don’t read this book at night! It was scary on the beginning, but it was so good I couldn’t stop reading it. What a page turner till the last paragraph. Missing boys, frightening house, good detectives’ job and concerned father. Just really, really good crime debut. Thank you to NetGalley and Celadon Books for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    Awesome read! Definitely creepy following Tom’s view and heartbreaking following Pete’s view. Pete sounds like a great Detective. He cares a lot for the victims and will not rest until they are found. I like that the author includes the killer’s view. I like the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. Though I don’t like it used against myself but when words are being utilized as a puzzle solving tactic, the reading experience is even better. Pete interviews an old killer in jail to fetch for i Awesome read! Definitely creepy following Tom’s view and heartbreaking following Pete’s view. Pete sounds like a great Detective. He cares a lot for the victims and will not rest until they are found. I like that the author includes the killer’s view. I like the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. Though I don’t like it used against myself but when words are being utilized as a puzzle solving tactic, the reading experience is even better. Pete interviews an old killer in jail to fetch for information on the new killer but he feels frustrated when he didn’t learn anything only to have the inmate criticized him for not listening because Pete is expected to figure out what he means when he say things. This book is told in the third person point of view following the man who is following a boy named Neil, 6. He has been studying Neil from afar and know that Neil’s parents are separated and a drunk. Neil is often left alone and so the man follows Neil and brings him to his home. The second view is Detective Inspector Pete, 56, who couldn’t forget about the missing boys he was in charged of from 20 years ago, comes out to search for Neil after he was reported missing during his off duty hours. Pete was the one that solved the case back then and put the killer in jail but still couldn’t rest because one boy’s remains was never found. The third view is Jake, 7 who stays inside with his imaginary friend to draw instead of outside to play with the other kids. He has an uncomfortable relationship with his dad and often worries about making him mad. The fourth view is Jake’s dad Tom, writer. He sends Jake to 567 Club so that he could have time for himself to mourn the death of his wife, Rebecca and also because he doesn’t know how to deal with Jake without his wife. Jake and his dad’s views are months later from when Neil went missing. The fifth view is Detective Inspector Amanda who is in charge of finding Neil. The Whisper Man is out abducting little boys by whispering to them outside their window. This book is divided into 6 parts. The Whisper Man is very well written and a couldn’t put down kind of read! Though slow paced, it pulls you in and makes you want to read slowly word for word. After reading this book, the killer can be easily identified but for some reason I was absorbed into the story during the read that I didn’t see it coming. Same with another twist, there were enough hints given but I couldn’t guess it and got the shock when the twist came. I love how the ending of this book is full of actions. I highly recommend everyone to read this book! Pro: page turner, suspense, mystery, father & son relationship, investigations, word puzzle, mini cliffhangers Con: none I rate it 5 stars! ***Disclaimer: I won a copy of this book via Goodreads giveaway hosted by the publisher. Many thanks to Celadon Books for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest. xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.wordpress.com for more details

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    The Whisper Man features a seven-year-old boy and his widowed father who are both grieving the loss of Rebecca, beloved mother and wife. Jake is an imaginative, solitary child. Tom Kennedy, his father, is a writer who struggles to do the right thing as a single dad. He loves his son dearly, as he reminds him, “even when we argue.” Tom wants the best for his child, so he worries that Jake talks to himself, or rather, to a friend who isn’t there. He is concerned that Jake makes few friends at sc The Whisper Man features a seven-year-old boy and his widowed father who are both grieving the loss of Rebecca, beloved mother and wife. Jake is an imaginative, solitary child. Tom Kennedy, his father, is a writer who struggles to do the right thing as a single dad. He loves his son dearly, as he reminds him, “even when we argue.” Tom wants the best for his child, so he worries that Jake talks to himself, or rather, to a friend who isn’t there. He is concerned that Jake makes few friends at school. Tom is also a troubled that Jake would rather draw than spend time talking with him, and that sometimes, although he hates to admit it, he prefers it that way himself. And he is angry at Rebecca for dying and leaving him alone with their son to raise. The Whisper Man is Alex North’s debut novel, and it’s quite a page-turner. It didn’t grab me from the onset, however. The style seemed stilted, almost didactic in the first few pages, but then the story settled into more of a rhythm. Tom and Jake move to a new home in Featherbank, a strange, somewhat spooky looking old place that got Jake’s approval, and Jake starts attending a new school. Jake’s imaginary friend, a little girl, shows up too, and suddenly, legend of the “Whisper Man” is the stuff of bad dreams. There is a rhyme that the girl has told him; it tells of the past. Does it forebode the future as well? The Whisper Man was not a figment of someone’s imagination. He was a real child murderer serving time in prison. We meet this man, Frank Carter, when the detective who worked the case goes to visit him in an attempt to get information to solve a new case of another missing boy. DI Pete Willis worked the case twenty years earlier when Carter’s victims were found – all but one. It still haunts him. Now another child is missing. Amanda Beck is in charge of this case, but Pete is very much involved. He is so tormented by his failures, personal and professional, that every night when he goes home to his lonely apartment, he stares at an unopened bottle and orchestrates an inner tug-of-war. The next day, he goes to the gym, then calmly returns to the job to do his best. I wish we’d learned more of Amanda Beck. She seems quite capable and professional. If this turns into a series, I am sure we will. Jake is superbly conceived and developed. I am not the first to say it, unfortunately, but all through the book, I kept thinking, “I see dead people.” Is Jake clairvoyant? Does he truly have a sixth sense? Or is he one of those extraordinarily sensitive human beings who notices things without necessarily being aware of their significance at the time? He is, after all, just a young boy. His relationship with his dad is warm, funny, sad, and heartwarming, while at the same time, distant. He obviously misses his mom, and at times, I wanted to pull him into a warm hug. Tom. Bless him. He wants to be a good father. He’s really, really trying, but Rebecca, like so many moms, was the main parent until she fell ill. Now Tom feels lost. He misses his dear wife. He loves his son and above all else wants to keep him safe, but he is frustrated. Jake is seven!!! He lacks the tools to communicate his feelings. I wanted to alternately nudge and scream – Either go easy on the kid, or get yourself and your son into counseling! The dynamics of this relationship felt very realistic, especially with the outside threat of an unknown bogeyman who was snatching children. The writing is taut with a gloomy cloud hanging over this little duo and over the police force and Featherbank. Frank Carter reminded me of Hannibal Lecter – he is so evil. He just enjoys watching Pete sweat and squirm as he teases him with non-answers. Who will have the last laugh? There are some marvelous twists in this one, that, once they were revealed, I knew I should have seen coming. One final comment: the cover with the handprint really caught my eye. Upon closer examination, I saw that there are some images there that pick up on some symbol mentioned in the book. This is a wonderful debut novel, and I hope we see more from Alex North. My thanks to him, NetGalley, and Celadon Books for this ARC copy in exchange for my unbiased review. 4.5 stars rounded to 5

  24. 5 out of 5

    Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Tom Kennedy, a grieving widower, believes a fresh start is just what he and his son Jake need. The town of Featherbank holds promise for Jake, a sensitive and creative child still struggling with discovering his mother’s body. However as tranquil Featherbank seems now, it holds a dark past. Twenty years earlier a serial killer terrorized the town - abducting and murdering children after luring them from their homes by whispering at their windows. The Whisper Man was caught, but people have never Tom Kennedy, a grieving widower, believes a fresh start is just what he and his son Jake need. The town of Featherbank holds promise for Jake, a sensitive and creative child still struggling with discovering his mother’s body. However as tranquil Featherbank seems now, it holds a dark past. Twenty years earlier a serial killer terrorized the town - abducting and murdering children after luring them from their homes by whispering at their windows. The Whisper Man was caught, but people have never forgotten Frank Carter’s heinous crimes. And now a new threat has arisen. Just before Tom and Jake move in, another little boy went missing. Detectives Pete Willis and Amanda Beck must revisit Carter’s crimes and work tirelessly to save Neil Spencer. This means Pete will have to revisit the man who has haunted him the past twenty years in the hope he will slip up and reveal an accomplice. To make matters worse, Jake has been acting oddly and hearing things that don’t seem to be there. One night Jake wakes Tom because he heard a voice whispering at his window. The Whisper Man by Alex North, a British crime writer from Leeds, England, is an unsettling and absorbing story that you won’t be able to put down. The characters and storyline are compelling and complex. This thriller will give you chills and surprise you at every turn - a perfect storm of mystery and suspense.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach

    Great book, especially for a debut author! I flew through this in a day because I just needed to know what happened. The coincidences were a little too much at times, but overall I thought it was really good! Looking forward to seeing what else this author does in the future and FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT IS HOLY, LOCK YOUR DOORS PEOPLE!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

    4.5 (rounded up) Do you believe in ghosts? After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes that a fresh start will help him and his young son, Jake heal. So when they visit a house in Featherbank, that Jake seems immediately drawn to, he purchases it and they leave behind the memories haunting them in their former home. But their new town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer named Frank Carter, murdered 5 boys there. He was nicknamed “The Whisper Man” for he would lure his v 4.5 (rounded up) Do you believe in ghosts? After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy believes that a fresh start will help him and his young son, Jake heal. So when they visit a house in Featherbank, that Jake seems immediately drawn to, he purchases it and they leave behind the memories haunting them in their former home. But their new town has a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer named Frank Carter, murdered 5 boys there. He was nicknamed “The Whisper Man” for he would lure his victims out by whispering at their windows at night. A boy from Jake’s class at his new school, has vanished, and now Jake is claiming that he hears whispering at his window at night. Is it just the overactive imagination of a boy whose only friend seems to be a little girl in a blue and white checked dress , with bruises on her knees and messy hair spread out to one side? A little girl who has taught him a very creepy rhyme about “The Whisper Man”.. “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.” OR is it possible that the crimes are starting again? Detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis are in a race against time to find out, as the first 48 hours are crucial. Part Mystery/Suspense and part police procedural, with a creepy “Sixth Sense” vibe, this book will definitely have you checking to make sure that your doors and windows have been locked up tight for the night! And, maybe even wondering if ghosts do exist… I would like to thank Netgalley, Celadon Books and Alex North for the digital ARC that I received in exchange for a candid review! This title will be released on Aug. 20, 2019 and can be pre ordered today!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lou

    It has been described as the best crime novel of the last decade and as having shades of both Stephen King and Thomas Harris, and I would say that both of those statements are pretty spot on. I don't often say this but it ABSOLUTELY should be on every crime readers to be read pile. It's a riveting psychological thriller that is one of the creepiest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading and an addictive ominous atmosphere lurks throughout. It had me on the edge/anxious and scared of what It has been described as the best crime novel of the last decade and as having shades of both Stephen King and Thomas Harris, and I would say that both of those statements are pretty spot on. I don't often say this but it ABSOLUTELY should be on every crime readers to be read pile. It's a riveting psychological thriller that is one of the creepiest books I have ever had the pleasure of reading and an addictive ominous atmosphere lurks throughout. It had me on the edge/anxious and scared of what might be about to happen, and it's rare fiction can do that. It's deliciously dark and suspenseful, and although this premise has been done before I have never seen it better executed. Serial killer Frank Carter (known as The Whisper Man due to his whispering at the window of his victims to lure them away in the middle of the night) was tried and convicted for his mass murder spree twenty years ago in the small community of Featherbank. But now horrifyingly a killer with the same modus operandi and penchant for young boys is on the loose and seems to know details that were not released to the public about the original crimes. So is there a copycat killer at work or is it someone Carter has spilled the beans to since (like a fan) or did he have an elusive partner who was party to everything back then? The pacing is ideal, the characterisation impressive but what really stands out is the tension that North creates. It had my heart-pounding most of the time I was reading. There is also a welcome amount of emotional engagement too and I found my heart breaking a tiny bit towards the end (no spoilers). Many thanks to Penguin - Michael Joseph for an ARC.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Tammie

    The Whisper Man, a suspense/mystery thriller, was a solid 5 star book. The book centers around the town of Featherbank, where Frank Carter (The Whisper Man) was put in prison for brutally murdering 5 young boys over 20 years ago-luring them outside by whispering to them. In present day, another young boy goes missing in Featherbank and under very similar circumstances as the killings 20 years earlier. Detectives Beck and Willis are desperate not only to find the missing child but to also find ou The Whisper Man, a suspense/mystery thriller, was a solid 5 star book. The book centers around the town of Featherbank, where Frank Carter (The Whisper Man) was put in prison for brutally murdering 5 young boys over 20 years ago-luring them outside by whispering to them. In present day, another young boy goes missing in Featherbank and under very similar circumstances as the killings 20 years earlier. Detectives Beck and Willis are desperate not only to find the missing child but to also find out if there’s a possible connection to Carter. The Whisper Man is a creepy and well-told book. Told in multiple POVs, I enjoyed the characters in the book-especially Tom and his son Jake. Highly recommended to fans of crime, horror and mystery/thriller books. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you NetGalley for providing me a copy for in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Danielle (The Blonde Likes Books)

    I was immediately interested in The Whisper Man after reading the creepy blurb, and the book held my attention from the very first page. I love spooky books, and this one definitely gave me goosebumps at one point! The thought of someone whispering outside of windows is just so creepy, and I loved every second of it.  Centered around the case of a missing boy that mirrors the work of a serial killer from 20 years ago who is currently in jail, The Whisper Man delivers a story reminiscent of a urba I was immediately interested in The Whisper Man after reading the creepy blurb, and the book held my attention from the very first page. I love spooky books, and this one definitely gave me goosebumps at one point! The thought of someone whispering outside of windows is just so creepy, and I loved every second of it.  Centered around the case of a missing boy that mirrors the work of a serial killer from 20 years ago who is currently in jail, The Whisper Man delivers a story reminiscent of a urban legend, that can't help but make you wonder if there is something supernatural going on. The book alternates POVs between several characters, including Pete, one of the detectives working a case of a missing boy, Tom, a man who recently moved to Featherbank whose son has started hearing whispers, and Jake, Tom's son. The different perspectives gave a really well rounded view of the events surrounding Featherbank, and I think they worked really well in this case.  The Whisper Man kept me on the edge of my seat with its ominous undertones, and I was really impressed that this was North's debut novel. I can't wait to see what he writes next! I think fans of books like like The Fourth Monkey and UNSUB will really enjoy this one. I'd like to thank Celadon for my copy of the book. It was my pleasure to provide an honest review. The Whisper Man is out August 20, 2019, so mark your calendars, because I have a feeling everyone will be talking about this one this summer! 

  30. 4 out of 5

    Betsy

    A slow burn thriller The Whisper Man is a solid slow burn of a thriller. From the first page, there's a moderate level of creepiness and suspense here. The story was entertaining and well-written, and the short chapters made it easy to read in bite-sized chunks. All in all, Alex North makes a fine debut. The current blurb (6/28/2019) uses this quote from Booklist to plug the novel--"BRILLIANT... will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King." I agree with the "BRILLIANT," but I'm not so A slow burn thriller The Whisper Man is a solid slow burn of a thriller. From the first page, there's a moderate level of creepiness and suspense here. The story was entertaining and well-written, and the short chapters made it easy to read in bite-sized chunks. All in all, Alex North makes a fine debut. The current blurb (6/28/2019) uses this quote from Booklist to plug the novel--"BRILLIANT... will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King." I agree with the "BRILLIANT," but I'm not so sure about the second part. The Whisper Man was just somewhat suspenseful. If you think those authors' books are too scary, then The Whisper Man is probably up your alley. If you're looking for "training wheels" to help you get into vintage King, then try reading this book to get started in the genre. However, if you're a hardcore Harris or King fan, The Whisper Man might not frighten you as much as you'd like. Four stars--YMMV quite a bit, depending on your experience/comfort level with this genre. Thanks to Celadon and NetGalley for giving me a DRC of this novel, which will be available for purchase on August 20th.

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