The Whisper Man
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...
Title: The Whisper Man
Genre: Thriller / Mystery / Crime
Author: Alex North
Hardcover, 355 pages
Publishing Date: August 20th 2019
Publishing House: Celadon Books (first published June 13th 2019)
ISBN: 1250317991 (ISBN13: 9781250317995)
The Whisper Man is a slow burn thriller imbued with tones of fright and eeriness. A riddling story told by aided memory of the main character, hinting at awful events that happened in the past.
If you remember from childhood those moments when you had to be in bed and couldn't sleep and sometimes you’d hear strange noises or see faces/shapes in the dark? This is the same eeriness that goes along this book.
The main character Tom Kennedy has lost his wife and tries to move on in a new town, a new house and a new school for his son. As if his loss isn’t great enough, his son is having some troubles socializing and experiences the hearing of whispers through walls and doors. Tom had hoped moving to a new place would change that for his son, but other kids and the case of a serial killer in town aren’t making things better. As the school is picking up on some problematic behavioral reactions by the boy, Tom is confronted with his estranged father and a case that literally lands on his doorstep connecting him and his house too close to the limelight.
The Whisper Man is an enjoyable read albeit it was a little long-winded for me. Many have loved this novel and I am settling on liking it. A bit far fetched at times, it still delivered at the end.