Book Review: The Whisper Man by Alex North

TW: Harm to children, violence, death, serial killer, abduction There's been so much talk about The Whisper Man  all over th...

TW: Harm to children, violence, death, serial killer, abduction

There's been so much talk about The Whisper Man all over the book world, and it's been nothing but good reviews and talks about how creepy this book is, so when I saw it was an August Book of the Month pick, I selected it so quickly. And I have to say I agree with the reviews that are out there on the interwebs. I can even tell you the exact page that creeped me out and made me kind of afraid to keep reading (it's page 100, if you're wondering).

After the death of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his son Jake move to a small town to start fresh. But twenty years ago in that small town, a series of young boys went missing and were later found murdered. The Whisper Man was caught and has been in prison ever since. Now it's happening again, but it can't be the same guy because he's still in prison. But something's definitely not right and Pete, who was on the Whisper Man case two decades ago, is bound and determined to figure it out.

I was so impressed with this book. After all the reviews, I expected to be terrified from page one, but it was a bit of a slow burn. Once it got creepy though, I wasn't entirely sure when the scares would creep back in, but there were definitely parts of the books that made my skin crawl.

I really appreciated the themes of fatherhood and relationships between dad and son. There were lots of parallels in different stories taking place within the novel. So while this was a creepy, skin-crawling horror/thriller, there was also some really beautiful story-telling.

"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." - The Whisper Man, Alex North

I really loved this book and I truly don't think I have any complaints about it. I thought the book and story was incredible. I truly didn't see the twists and turns coming. I was shocked regularly throughout this novel and once I got to that 100-page mark, I could not put the book down. I definitely recommend this one - it's beautiful and haunting, and you may want to read it with all the lights on.

Goodreads rating: ★★★★★

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