Author: Alex North
Series: Standalone book (August 20, 2019 release date)
Rating: 5 Stars
Genre: Thriller, Suspense, Mystery (Crime)
Synopsis: 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…
Review: ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! “The Whisper Man” by Alex North is brilliantly creepy as hell, makes the hair on my skin rise and forces me to close all the ajar doors in my house (no joke!). Like the fear I have of taking a shower when I’m home alone (Thanks to Psycho by Alfred Hitchcock), I am now quite afraid of ever hearing my name whispered at night (Thanks to The Whisper Man by Alex North). As I read, this thriller serial killer crime novel reminded me of such masters of suspense as Alfred Hitchcock, Stephen King, and Agatha Christie. The atmosphere and build-up in this book was tantalizing and heart-racing. How North expressed evil, despair, longing, hope and love through his characters was exceptional. This book is about the relationships between fathers and their sons; about the damage of abuse and the lifetime consequences thereof. And it’s about love and redemption. I was captivated and intrigued by not only the protagonists and antagonists, but the secondary characters as well. I especially loved how the plot unfolded through the various characters’ points of view. What could have been a distraction worked so well in this book, and in my opinion, made the narrative all the stronger for it. The twists and turns were perfectly timed and executed, giving so many eyebrow raising “whoa” moments. “The Whisper Man” was a true page-turner for me, compelling me to read until my eyes were so bleary I couldn’t go on. And…. the surprise supernatural element in this book was the icing on this delicious cake for my fantasy loving heart. Love edge-of-your-seat suspense? Hooked on crime novels? Enjoying solving a good mystery? Looking for thrills and chills in your next read? If you want it all, then “The Whisper Man” is definitely the book for you.
****Thank you to the author, Celadon Books and NetGalley for this ARC which was received in exchange for my honest review****