Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Review - The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper Man by Alex North
Narrated by Christopher Eccleston
Publisher: Celadon Books / Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: August 20, 2019
Date Read: September 23, 2019
Length: 355 pages / 9 hours 38 minutes
Source: Publisher (Bookish First) / Library
★★★★☆
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...
My Review

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.
About the Author


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

16 comments:

  1. that's pretty scary, getting whispers in through the windows. I am glad you like it

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  2. I won a copy off of Goodreads so this is one I'd definitely looking forward to reading.

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  3. way to go barb. i look forward to seeing what you think. i read this one to carole and loved it. dark and creepy is good and so are flawed characters. they come across as more real to me
    sherry @ fundinmental

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  4. a bit of chill with the mystery. It does sound good. I'll put it on the list.

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  5. Oh it's nice to have a complex mystery like that!

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  6. Eccelston? Oh that would be interesting

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  7. I wasn't so sure about this one until I saw who the narrator was! It sounded intriguing and like a fast read as it was but throw in Eccelston and I can't pass it up!

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  8. I enjoyed this one too and the audio version sounds like it would be really good too! Great review.

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  9. Gotta love it when a book grabs you quickly and this does sound thrilling.

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  10. I love mysteries and thrillers. Excellent review! They have it on audio at my library. Now to fit it in.

    Anne - Books of My Heart

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  11. I heard this was very creepy. Kinda reminds me of NOS4A2 in such a ways that the killer focuses on children and how they go about attracting them.

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  12. I never really thought of CE as being a good voice for narration but I do like his acting!

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  13. I do like the sound of this. I haven't listened to a book narrated by Christopher Eccleston, but I like the idea. I loved him in Doctor Who.

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  14. The cover of this one caught my eye and it sounds like the mystery is handled very well with good pacing and keeping you hooked all the way through. I love that this one is narrated by the Doctor as well! That makes me want to get it on audiobook all the more :D

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  15. Awesome!! I'm glad you enjoyed this one. I need to get to it soon! It's currently stuck in a box from our move... :(

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