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.

“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… “ – Goodreads

What can I say about THE WHISPER MAN? It has been all over the book world as readers became eager for its release. It was said that it was truly terrifying and would make you triple check that all of your windows and doors for tightly sealed at night while you slept with the lights on. 

Books of this nature are ones that I am not normally drawn to because I don’t like to be scared. However, I don’t like to feel as if I’m missing out on something, especially when it involves literature; so, I ordered THE WHISPER MAN as my BOTM pick for August.

As soon as the little blue box was dropped on my porch, I unpacked my books and immediately began reading THE WHISPER MAN. 

Here is where I’m not sure what to say.. while I do agree that it was creepy. It was creepy in a sense that kids can say some truly terrifying things; if my child had been saying the things that Jake had been saying, I would have packed up and moved out immediately. There would be no turning back, we would be getting the heck out of that house. It was creepy in the sense that it was about a serial killer who targeted little boys.

However, it didn’t live up to my expectation of being scared out of my mind. To be honest, I slept pretty well the night that I started reading this book. 

But to me, THE WHISPER MAN was full of a lot more than just a storyline that was intended to scare the daylights out of me. No, THE WHISPER MAN was a story that circled around loss. It seemed that every character in the story was grappling with some sort of loss in their life. It was about overcoming the loss by facing the demons that often haunt our lives and fill our thoughts with what if’s and the if only I had… The book was about letting go of the past and realizing that life is constantly about making mistakes, learning from them and learning how to continue to live despite it all. 

So, I can say that I did enjoy THE WHISPER MAN but I enjoyed it for reasons other than its creepy nature. For those of you who have been hesitant to read it, I encourage you to pick it up and go into the book with an open mind. While there are details throughout the book about what happened to the boys who were murdered, it doesn’t go into any graphic detail. 

I anxiously await the book that Alex North writes next. THE WHISPER MAN was released on August 20, 2019. Stop by your local bookstore and pick up a copy!

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