The Whisper Man

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...

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  • Debra

    4.5 stars

    Shh can you hear that?

    Tom Kennedy is looking to make a new start. His wife died and he and his son, Jack, have moved into a new home in a new town in hopes of doing just that. Tom is not aware that twenty years ago, in their new town, a serial killer nicknamed the "Whisper Man" lured young boys away from the safety of their homes by whispering into their windows at night. He just wants to start over and protect his son, who is a creative child who frequently talks to his imaginary

    4.5 stars

    Shh can you hear that?

    Tom Kennedy is looking to make a new start. His wife died and he and his son, Jack, have moved into a new home in a new town in hopes of doing just that. Tom is not aware that twenty years ago, in their new town, a serial killer nicknamed the "Whisper Man" lured young boys away from the safety of their homes by whispering into their windows at night. He just wants to start over and protect his son, who is a creative child who frequently talks to his imaginary friend. An imaginary friend who knows a riddle, one that serves as a warning about the whisper man.

    Prior to their move, a local boy, Neil Spencer, went missing reigniting old fears and rumors as this boy's case resembled the missing boys’ cases from twenty years ago. Did the Whisper Man work alone all those years ago? Is there a copy cat killer out there? Are the crimes even related? DI Amanda Beck is the lead on the case but must rely on DI Pete Willis to help as he arrested the Whisper Man twenty years ago. His knowledge may prove crucial if these cases are related. Police detective Pete Willis visits the Whisper Man (Frank Carter) in prison in hopes of finding out some information. Frank Carter enjoys his notoriety almost as much as he enjoys taunting DI Willis. The body of one of his victims has never been found and that case has always haunted DI Willis. Is he too close to this or does he have what it takes to solve the case?

    I seriously loved this book. It was creepy and captivating at the same time. It sucked me in, and I couldn't turn the pages fast enough. Alex North has himself a winner here. This one lures the reader in right away. He has also created interesting and likable characters. Pete is dealing with his own personal issues while trying his best to be a good detective. Tom and Jack are likable characters who recently experienced a loss. This pulls on the readers heartstrings right away and helps create tension when strange things begin to happen. This book evokes emotion! Yes, this book is creepy and eerie, but it is also a book about relationships. Relationships between fathers and sons. The relationship between a Detective and the serial killer he helped put behind bars. There is an incredible human element here. When you have characters you care about, you don't want anything bad to happen to them, then when it looks as if they may be in danger... your heart begins pounding, and you begin to wonder what is going to happen next!

    Phew! Another plus is that this book is not gory or graphic. Losing a child is every parent’s worst fear and we are told it happens, but we are not shown anything graphic. North was able to create chilling tension without having any horrific scenes. This book is told in various POV's which really worked move the plot along. Another nice addition were the twists and turns along the way. Little reveals leading up to the end. This made the book move at just the right pace for this reader. Nothing felt rushed. The pace along with the plot kept me on the edge of my seat wanting more.

    Captivating book that focuses on the people and the crime. Although there is an investigation to find the kidnapper/killer, I would not call this a police procedural book. Again, the focus is on the characters.

    This was a thoroughly engrossing and chilling book which was inspired by the author’s own son who told him he was playing with “the boy in the floor”.

    Thank you to Celadon Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Five- this book turned me into creepy paranoid who is afraid of her own shadow, leave the lights on before sleeping, scream as soon as hearing any approaching footsteps inside the house, wow actually I was doing all of these before, but it’s still good to point a finger to something as a reason of my awkward behaviors- stars!!!!

    As soon as I got the printed copy of this book, I became so agitated because there was another gift with the copy! A FREAKING CARD! As soon as you open the card, a

    Five- this book turned me into creepy paranoid who is afraid of her own shadow, leave the lights on before sleeping, scream as soon as hearing any approaching footsteps inside the house, wow actually I was doing all of these before, but it’s still good to point a finger to something as a reason of my awkward behaviors- stars!!!!

    As soon as I got the printed copy of this book, I became so agitated because there was another gift with the copy! A FREAKING CARD! As soon as you open the card, a creepy young girl’s voice started to sing the ominous words: “If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken…” I threw away the card urgently like there was some burning object into my hands! But my vengeful husband saw my reaction! Oh the biggest mistake!!!(I always scare him off when he was watching a horror movie. I approach behind his back and at the most terrifying moment of the movie, I shake him and say BOOO! Ha ha you should see him cry like a baby!)

    So my husband; whose sign is Scorpio (relentless avenger), used this singing gift card for his revenge plan! When I was about to take a beautiful nap in front of the television playing “Secret Obsession` (The last worst Netflix fiasco), he put the card into my ear and open it. Yes, you should see me screaming like toddler!

    So I hesitated too many times to start this book. But I told myself, I’m living in LA, there are scariest thing at the streets (walking botoxed and bleached blondes everywhere). So I buckled up, put my earlaps (as a precaution for another prank attack from my husband) and start to read!

    I loved this book completely. The things most I liked:

    -DYSFUNCTIONAL FATHER-SON RELATIONSHIPS:

    From Frank and Francis( the freakiest father and son) to Pete and Tom and finally Tom and Jake. All of them have connection issues and all of them have inner demons to strangle. (First ones didn’t achieve to do that, Pete made his best and Tom is still trying.)

    STORYTELLING

    -Well-crafted story-telling, smartly organized twists and shocking surprises, unputdownablity, fast and furious pacing!

    CHARACTERS

    - All the characters have too many flaws and they don’t carry ideal heroic materials but I still loved every one of them. I loved to see how Pete is willing to pay his past dues and struggle but always win his fight with alcohol.

    I loved to see Tom’s efforts to connect with his son and show how much he cared for him even he was in deep pain of the recent loss of his beloved wife!

    And little, sweet but also a little bit scary Jake: This little one is combination of Sixth Sense’s Cole and Ring’s Aidan with amazing drawing skills and quiet flourished imagination. He’s the key element of the story. Because he’s always one step ahead from all the characters. (including the murderer)

    ENDING:

    Two parts of ending (Jake’s bedroom part and prison part) were fantastic and also spooky as hell!

    There was a “Friends’ episode” that Joe was hiding the “Shining`” book at the freezer because he was too afraid to finish it. I thought I should have done the same to this book, too many times. But I wanted to see the finish line and now I will probably suffer from nightmares! And that sweet singing card don’t help me!!!

    This book is definitely one of the best thrillers of this year! And maybe it’s my number one on my favorite thrillers list! (I know it’s early to decide, there are so many upcoming releases)

    But I highly recommend it to readers who are brave enough to face their nightmares (as Pete told little Jake, nightmares help us to get rid of our stuffed frustrations and overloaded anxiety), and real devoted fans of mystical, surprising, twisty thrillers.

  • Paromjit

    This is Alex North's crime debut and what a impressive debut it is. It drips with atmosphere, a disturbing story of The Whisper Man, who over 20 years ago kidnapped and murdered 5 local boys in the small town of Featherbank. Frank Carter is the Whisper Man, incarcerated in prison, reveling in his notoriety and reputation, playing mind games with 56 year old DI Pete Willis, the man who caught him. Despite the emotional cost, Pete has persevered through the years, visiting Carter in prison, in the

    This is Alex North's crime debut and what a impressive debut it is. It drips with atmosphere, a disturbing story of The Whisper Man, who over 20 years ago kidnapped and murdered 5 local boys in the small town of Featherbank. Frank Carter is the Whisper Man, incarcerated in prison, reveling in his notoriety and reputation, playing mind games with 56 year old DI Pete Willis, the man who caught him. Despite the emotional cost, Pete has persevered through the years, visiting Carter in prison, in the hope of a clue to where the body of victim, young Tony Smith, can be recovered so his grieving parents can at least achieve a small measure of peace. The monster that is Carter and his horrific acts, the creepy whispering outside his victim's bedrooms, have been immortalised in child lore and local nursery rhymes. Everyone thought that time of horror is over, but in the present, the troubled 6 year old youngster, Neil Spencer has gone missing. DI Amanda Beck is heading the desperate hunt to locate him, but there are eerie hints of the original Whisper Man. Did Frank Carter have a unknown accomplice or is this a copycat crime?

    A grief burdened author, Tom Kennedy, is fumbling through the wreckage of his life after the devastating sudden death of his beloved wife, Rebecca. It was Rebecca that was the closest to their sensitive 7 year old son, Jake. Tom has struggled to connect with his vulnerable and creative son, a boy with imaginary friends, with an outsider status, unable to fit in with his peers at school, leaving him open to being bullied. Tom, with Jake's agreement, relocates them to Featherbank, with every hope that new beginnings are what they both need to come to terms with the loss of Rebecca and forge a new path. However, it is not that easy, for Tom finds that 'grief is a stew with a thousand ingredients, and not all of them are palatable'. His fractious relationship with Jake, whom he loves absolutely, is a tightrope with Tom hanging on in there by comforting his son that whilst they might fight and argue, his love for Jake is true. In a disturbing narrative, Tom is to find that moving house is to immerse him and Jake in the most twisted of a horror of a nightmare, one that places Jake in the gravest of dangers, where the legend of The Whisper Man grows ever stronger.

    Alex North's writing is compulsive, hooking the reader immediately, with its themes of fathers and their challenging relationships with their sons, grief and loss, amidst a background of a child killer running rampant in the town. North's characterisation is stellar, as can be seen with Tom, trying so hard with Jake, making errors of judgement, slowly becoming aware of just how much Jake is like him, eventually beginning to make some inroads by getting some things right with his son. Then there is the odious Norman Collins, a collector of macabre serial killer murderabilia, obsessed with The Whisper Man, whilst there are traits that Tom finds that he shares with DI Pete Willis. A simply fantastic read, with some surprising twists, that will appeal to so many crime fiction fans. Many thanks to Penguin Michael Joseph for an ARC.

  • Miranda Reads

    AHHH! THE WHISPER MAN MADE IT ANOTHER ROUND!!!

    Vote now for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards!

    Tom arrives at Featherbank with seven-year-old Jake in tow to

    of their recently deceased wife and mother.

    And while their new house seems a bit sinister, Featherbank

    to be the idyllic town and the new

    AHHH! THE WHISPER MAN MADE IT ANOTHER ROUND!!!

    Vote now for the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards!

    Tom arrives at Featherbank with seven-year-old Jake in tow to

    of their recently deceased wife and mother.

    And while their new house seems a bit sinister, Featherbank

    to be the idyllic town and the new start that they both craved.

    Twenty years ago,

    rocked Featherbank. Little boys going missing in the dead of night only to show up dead themselves.

    The only clue was that they all heard a

    The only trace of this man is a series of rhymes passed down from the older kids to the younger ones.

    And while the killer was eventually caught, Detective Inspector Pete knows that there's more to it and has spent the last twenty years circling this dying case.

    But then, the unthinkable happens - a child was kidnapped just a few months ago in

    ...

    There is one thought on everyone's mind -

    Overall - this one was riveting.

    I'm talking absolutely

    - and I do not use that lightly.

    The way Alex North conveyed the chilling interactions with the Whisper Man and his victims - oh man. Spine. Tingling.

    There were several times where I just had to

    for a moment to collect myself.

    I loved how realistic the characters were portrayed - Tom, Jake and Pete were wonderfully fleshed out and dynamic.

    Jake did lean (slightly) to being overly precocious but it did not ruin the experience for me.

    I also loved the way Alex North bent reality with the inclusion of the mysterious girl who only Jake could see - she kept me on my toes throughout the novel.

    Very rarely am I so completely engulfed in reading.

    This book truly

    from cover to cover.

    If you are looking for your summer thriller - look no further. This is it!

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  • Peter

    Alex North’s debut,

    is an outstanding thriller and one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. In tones similar to Stephen King, he ramps up compelling suspense with tantalising supernatural possibilities.

    Alex North structured his novel in a way that is extremely appealing to me, where one character narrates in the first person and the other threads are provided in the third person. This tends to create an opportunity for great story-telling with a personal view to

    Alex North’s debut,

    is an outstanding thriller and one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. In tones similar to Stephen King, he ramps up compelling suspense with tantalising supernatural possibilities.

    Alex North structured his novel in a way that is extremely appealing to me, where one character narrates in the first person and the other threads are provided in the third person. This tends to create an opportunity for great story-telling with a personal view to draw you into a particular character. Tom Kennedy is an author and is finding life difficult as he is still reeling from the death of his wife. His young son, Jake, is worryingly detached from other people, every conversation he tries to have with Jake, every attempt to understand his son’s feelings, or express his own pain and loneliness, just get inadvertently twisted to compound the problem. The jarring recognition that the harder you try, the more frustrated you get, and the further away from normality you slip. In an attempt to make a fresh start away from the sad, heart-breaking and irrepressible memories, Tom and Jake move home to the town of Featherbank.

    Jake, however, remains in his own bubble, an outsider, and is often seen talking openly to his imaginary friend, even while at school. The imaginary friend has uncanny premonitions when danger and confrontation loom. These are the characteristics that align with the quest of a serial killer known as The Whisper Man.

    Featherbank has a dark sinister past were twenty years ago, the Whisper Man abducted and killed five young boys. All except young Tony Smith have been found and the killer, Frank Carter, was eventually caught by DI Pete Willis and is still serving time in prison.

    Pete battles a screaming desire for alcohol and confronts psychological problems regarding the investigation into the Whisper Man. He has always felt that with the unrecovered body of Tony, and events that didn’t align in the case, that there was an accomplice. Now 20 years later DI Amanda Beck is leading an investigation into a missing boy, that has all the hallmarks of The Whisper Man. Pete is brought back into the investigation and they must consider if it's an accomplice resurfacing or a copy-cat killer, and why does Frank Carter appear to have an awareness of what is happening? All these uneasy questions and multiple surprises churn throughout this fascinating plot.

    The horror is just about to get real for Tom and Jake as a devilish figure seems to be conversing in whispers with Jake to open the front door. This thriller is tense and edgy with an evil phantom that lurks in dark corners and just outside windows and doors. The Whisper Man is a totally captivating and engrossing thriller, with marvellous characterisations and deep psychological interplay. The ghost-like threat from a killer is wonderfully developed and played at a pace that maintained an impressive plot momentum.

    I would highly recommend this book and I’d like to thank Celadon Books and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy in return for an honest review.

  • Maureen

    The Whisper Man is Alex North’s debut thriller, and what an absolutely riveting read it is!

    It’s some twenty years since Frank Carter began a life sentence for the abduction and murder of five little boys. Carter had earned himself the nickname ‘The Whisper Man’ after his sinister method of whispering at the doors and windows of his victims in order to lure them outside. Now though, another little boy has gone missing in similar circumstances, and the peaceful village of Featherbank is once again

    The Whisper Man is Alex North’s debut thriller, and what an absolutely riveting read it is!

    It’s some twenty years since Frank Carter began a life sentence for the abduction and murder of five little boys. Carter had earned himself the nickname ‘The Whisper Man’ after his sinister method of whispering at the doors and windows of his victims in order to lure them outside. Now though, another little boy has gone missing in similar circumstances, and the peaceful village of Featherbank is once again fearful of what the outcome may be.

    Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake are still drowning in grief a year after the death of Tom’s beloved wife Rebecca, but Tom is hoping that a move to the sleepy little village of Featherbank will help them start a new chapter in life. The new house isn’t really what Tom would have chosen, it’s a creepy run down old house but when Jake saw it he wouldn’t look at anything else, he loved it on sight and Tom wanted so much for Jake to be happy. He was having a problem communicating with his son, (Rebecca was always the one that Jake turned to) and he hoped that this move would help bring them closer together.

    DI Amanda Beck heads the new investigation into the missing boy, but DI Pete Willis ( the investigator in the original Whisper Man case) is also brought in to help. It’s always been thought that Carter may have had an accomplice and Willis’s intimate knowledge of the original case could be crucial.

    Told from the POV of Tom, Jake, DI Amanda Beck, and DI Pete Willis, this is a deftly crafted and compelling thriller, where the author has grasped the importance of pace, (and that), combined with a narrative that wastes not a single word, each word being designed to hook you into the next, ensures that it’s a winner.

    ‘The Whisper Man’ is most certainly a best seller in waiting, and Alex North should be justifiably proud!

    *Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK - Michael Joseph for my ARC. I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange *

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*

    'If you leave a door half open, you'll hear the whisper spoken.

    If you play outside alone soon you won 't be going home.

    If your Windows left unlatched, you'll hear him tapping at the glass.

    If your lonely, sad, and blue, the whisper man will come for you.

    Tom Kennedy has just lost his wife and he and his seven year old son, Jake move to Featherbank.

    Unfortunately there is a serial killer that is preying on this small town and an investigation is going on.

    Twenty years ago

    'If you leave a door half open, you'll hear the whisper spoken.

    If you play outside alone soon you won 't be going home.

    If your Windows left unlatched, you'll hear him tapping at the glass.

    If your lonely, sad, and blue, the whisper man will come for you.

    Tom Kennedy has just lost his wife and he and his seven year old son, Jake move to Featherbank.

    Unfortunately there is a serial killer that is preying on this small town and an investigation is going on.

    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.

    Then twenty years later a boy in the town goes missing and it looks like what happened twenty years ago is starting all over again, but the whisper man from twenty years ago is in jail, so who is this Whisper Man. Amanda Beck and Pete Willis are on the hunt to find the boy before it is too late.

    This book grabbed me from the very beginning and did not let go until the end. I loved this book. It was so spooky and creepy and it had a supernatural sinister vibe to it. This is a fast paced read with very short chapters which I love. I wish every book was written with short chapters.

    This is a dark suspenseful thriller. It is so addicting. I love serial killer books and this one kept me guessing. Just the idea of a serial killer whispering at people's windows at night freaks me out. I really loved the premise of this book. You will want to read this one at night with the light on.

    This book is very creepy but the way that it is written, I do not think that it was scary. It was an intense read.

    My favorite character was Jake, and he was so real. His character was so well developed. He just came to life. I loved reading about him.

    This was a Traveling Friends group read.

    I want to thank Celadon Books for the free arc of the book in exchange for a honest review.

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  • Will Byrnes

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    A child has disappeared. Snatched from the streets. His taking bears an uncanny resemblance to a series of child abductions that occurred twenty years ago. Which is a problem because the perpetrator of those crimes, one Frank Carter, has been nicely tucked away in prison ever since he was convicted of the crimes. Deputy Inspector Pete Willis should know. He is the copper who put Carter away.

    Willis is called in to assist a young DI on the case, because of his familiarity with Carter. That familiarity includes knowing that one of the missing boys was never found. It has included visits to the prison where the large--near 300 pound, 6’5”--Carter does his best Hannibal Lecter impression, teasing Willis with obscure clues, without giving him much, really, but letting it be known he knows more than he should. Did Carter have an undiscovered associate two decades ago? Does he have a partner now?

    Tom Kennedy, a writer, and his seven-year-old son, Jake, have just undergone a tragedy of their own. Rebecca was found dead in their home, Jake being the one who discovered his mother’s body. The memories too much, Tom has moved to Featherbank, a pleasant-seeming community, to an odd-looking house, hoping for a fresh start.

    Uh oh. Makes one wonder if maybe, just maybe, there might be something special about the house, and/or its prior(?) residents and not in a happy way.

    One manifestation of

    post-mom trauma is a special friend, which causes him no end of grief, at school in particular, but Jake is not the most social. He will take his friendships where he finds them, and the girl in the blue-and-white-checked dress is the only one who wants to play with him.

    One day, when Tom overhears Jake talking in two distinct voices, he becomes alarmed, as Jake’s imaginary friend has always been a silent partner, one whom Tom has come to accept. When Jake tells him that the other voice was “the boy in the floor” we are well into creepytown, and when Jake starts hearing whispering, the sort of whispering reported by abductees two decades back, it goes from weird to threatening.

    The idea for the story, or at least one element of it, originated in an experience the author had with his son:

    Another is the notion of fathers and sons

    Father-son relationships permeate the story. Tom and Jake’s relationship is where our focus lies. Tom is a well-realized character, and I am sure there are many of us fathers who can appreciate the struggles Tom goes through trying to connect with and be the best father he can to his young son, even without sharing Tom and Jake’s particular trauma. Tom and Jake both recovering from the death of Rebeca Kennedy does not make it any easier.

    Not only does Tom struggle with his relationship with his son, his relationship with his own father ended the day he witnessed at least a part of a terrifying parental fight. Raging Dad left, never to return. DI Willis has demons of his own, among them his guilt at not being able to stop Frank Carter sooner all those years ago, and not being able to get Carter to give him the burial site for the last of the children he had murdered, despite Carter luring him in from time to time. And one must, of course, wonder what sort of parenting Carter had gotten.

    One creepy motif that pops up from time to time is that of a Corpse Moth. You can imagine where it might be found. It shows up in some other places as well. Another dark and wonderful element is a collector of the unspeakable, or is there more to him?

    The story is told from alternating perspectives. Primary among these is Tom Kennedy’s. We get his take in a first-person voice. We also see some things from Jake’s perspective. The emotional progress of the story flows through them. Pete’s chapters give us, in addition to the personal angst which defines his existence, the gumshoe progress of the investigation, the field visits, interrogations, analysis of evidence, appended by a handful of chapters from the perspective of DI Amanda Peck, the primary on the investigation. There is a smattering of other chapters from other perspectives, among about seventy chapters in the book.

    The short chapters help keep the pace fast. While you will be able to knock out a bunch at a dedicated reading session, you can also get through a few chapters on a bus or train ride, or in some short reading at bed time. I warn you, though, depending on what parts of the book you are on, you might find it difficult to fall asleep. It takes a fair bit for a book to get a rise of the scary sort out of me. There were several instances, while reading this book, in which the hair on my arms stood up at attention, and it had nothing to do with a breeze or a change in temperature. Seriously, seriously creepy, in the best possible way.

    Gripes? Not really, except the frustration of not knowing Alex North’s real name.

    I wouldn’t want to say this too softly.

    IS A FIRST-RATE, ENGAGING, SCARY THRILLER THAT WILL MAKE YOU CARE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS, MAKE YOU WANT TO FIGURE OUT THE MYSTERY ALONG WITH THEM, AND MAY VERY WELL SCARE THE BEJESUS OUT OF YOU. IT MIXES KIDS, COPS AND HORRORS FOR AN UNBEATABLE READING EXPERIENCE. CAN YOU HEAR ME IN THE BACK?

    Review Posted – August 9, 2019

    Publication

    -----USA – Celadon Books – August 20, 019

    -----UK- Penguin Books UK – June 13, 2019

    There are whispers that I received this e-book from NetGalley. Come closer, there is something else I need to tell you. Sorry, still too far, can you come just a bit nearer? Don’t worry, I won’t bite. Just a wee bit more, just one step. There you go, now, GOTCHYA!

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    From Celadon Books -

    was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son.

    No social media links for this author until and unless we learn who he actually is.

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    - by Rebecca Wright

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    by Diana Wynne Jones – a fantasy coming-of-age book Tom had loved as a child, and preserved to read to his own son.

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    - The Russo Brothers (Avengers: Endgame) have acquired rights to the novel, to adapt it into a motion picture.

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    is one of those reads that I didn't even slow down to take notes or mark quotes for my review; I blew through at record speed, finishing this one within a single sitting. I couldn't put it down until I had every last detail of the case solved! I'll be honest, based on the synopsis I was bracing myself for a

    wannabe: a devilishly charismatic serial killer sitting in prison who will only talk to a particular detective about a case involving

    is one of those reads that I didn't even slow down to take notes or mark quotes for my review; I blew through at record speed, finishing this one within a single sitting. I couldn't put it down until I had every last detail of the case solved! I'll be honest, based on the synopsis I was bracing myself for a

    wannabe: a devilishly charismatic serial killer sitting in prison who will only talk to a particular detective about a case involving another serial killer sounds all too familiar, but please believe me when I tell you that this is where the similarities end and the unique aspects of the plot begin. Also, I know that this appears on the surface to be another run-of-the-mill police procedural, but it is so much more than that. Gather round, friends, and let's chat about this stunning debut for a moment.

    There are a lot of individual threads running loose throughout the course of the story, but the good news is that most of them converge towards the end of the novel, which makes for some satisfying twists and emotional reunions. I'm going to tiptoe around specifics, because there's a delicate balance of reeling you in and not giving anything away when it comes to this terrifying tale, and I'd hate to be the one to ruin your experience with

    . This is a story about the abductions and murders of many children, for sure, but it's so much deeper than that. We also have an exposition on grief, from multiple characters on many levels, and how that grief can affect our daily actions, our thought process, and how we connect with those who need us most. It's also an alert to how our actions have a ripple affect to those around us, and can alter the course of our local history.

    I think I'll leave the summing up there, but I do feel it worth mentioning that, although I guessed the who was behind the second batch of murders, there were many twists I didn't see coming sprinkled throughout the book, and this was way more satisfying than one big twist at the end that ultimately ends up being a Hail Mary. I'm so pleased to see that the Russo brothers are adapting this for film, as I think they'll give this story the proper attention it deserves in making the film more than just a gory tale. Highly recommended to readers who don't mind graphic violence and are looking for that next thriller that they won't be able to put down.

  • Chaima ✨ شيماء

    I questioned the wisdom of reading a horror story at night while I’m living alone but then I remembered that I’ve never made a wise decision in my life and likely never will

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