If you leave a door half-open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken . . .
Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a much-needed fresh start.
But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago, a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys.
Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as ‘The Whisper Man’.
Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home.
Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.
He says he hears a whispering at his window . . .
The town of Featherbank was once haunted by The Whisper Man, who abducted and murdered five young boys, and now the haunting has begun again. It has been 20 years since Pete Willis brought The Whisper Man to justice, yet Pete is still plagued by the torrid events that happened and is about to face it all again when a young boy is abducted by what appears to be a copycat killer.
The Whisper Man was a delightful surprise – it was creepy, it was emotional and was totally gripping. I didn’t expect the level of emotion this book brought to the table, and I’m so glad for it. I was a wreck after finishing this, with butterflies in my stomach and an ache in my soul, from how heart wrenchingly good it was.
The story unfolds through a handful of perspectives, which was brilliant for the story’s pace as it changed the angle of the storytelling and kept it exciting.
The narrators are: the bad guy who’s identity we don’t know, two police detectives – Amanda Beck and Pete Willis – and then father Tom Kennedy and his 7 year old son, Jake.
My heart was mush. This book really, really hit my heart. It was sad, tragic and so moving, all of this tied together with a page turning, high stakes mystery that made it impossible to put the book down.
The thing that made The Whisper Man special was it’s meaningful ode to fatherhood and legacies. The entirety of the story focuses on the relationship between father and son – with Tom and Jake struggling to communicate after the death of Jake’s mother. Tom decides to move Jake and himself to a new house for a fresh start, and regrettably, Tom realises it hasn’t helped as Jake is still talking to a little girl no one else but Jake can see.
’My sensitive son, with his sleepwalking and his imaginary friends, and the way he talked to people who weren’t there, who told him frightening rhymes and tried to scare him. They scared me too.’
I looooved how creepy this was! Jake knows things he shouldn’t know about, all because his “imaginary friends” tell him stuff. With every creepy thing Tom overheard or Jake told him, with every creak of the floorboards or whispers of the wind… My heart was thumping, my eyes were bugging. It was truly thrilling.
My heart was throbbing for Tom and Jake, and their struggles with moving on after deep loss and their struggles to connect to one another. Jake worries he’s letting his father down over and over, whilst Tom is desperate not to fail his son the way his own father failed him by being an unfit parent. Alex North has wrote a brilliant story that illustrates bereavement poignantly yet tactfully, and the complex bond between father and son– the good and the bad. This powerful angle is combined with the unsettling mystery of a young boy being abducted by a copycat Whisper Man, and next in his sights is Jake…
The Whisper Man was a great read. It was was cleverly constructed, well developed and meticulously executed. The only thing I’d say gave me pause was the ending, because I felt it was slightly abrupt. But it didn’t change how much I loved this book. If you’re looking for a book that gives a little bit more than the average creeps and thrills (but still totally gives things worthy of nightmares), then don’t miss The Whisper Man. I’m so mad it took me this long to read it, it’s worth all its hype. I’m very excited for North’s next book, The Shadow Friend.
The Whisper Man by Alex North
Published June 2019