Book Title: The Whisper Man by Alex North
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.“Alex North – the Whisper Man
I stumbled across The Whisper Man when scrolling through an Instagram tag one night and was very excited by the synopsis. I ended up finding it at my local used bookstore and decided that it would be my first read of that haul. I was not disappointed! It is a great thriller and will keep you turning the pages!
Brief Synopsis (no spoilers)
Tom Kennedy and his son, Jake, move to Featherbank to start fresh after the unexpected death of Mrs. Kennedy. The town seems wonderful, but 20 years ago there were a series young boys that were kidnapped and murdered by, you guessed it, the Whisper Man. The Whisper Man, Frank Carter, was caught and is living the rest of his life in jail. Fast forward to today, and another boy has gone missing, under the same circumstances as 20 years prior. After the move Jake begins acting unusually, talking about things he shouldn’t know about and talking to things that don’t exist. Then, he starts to hear whispering outside his window. Is the Whisper Man back or does he have an accomplice? Detectives Amanda Beck and Pete Willis are on the move to figure out the mystery before another boy goes missing.
My Thoughts (in no particular order)
- Jake reminded me a lot of Danny from The Shining. His personality, things he did, and just some of the situations he was in seemed very similar. Kids are C R E E P Y and he added to the chill factor of this book. Jake is a VERY intelligent six year old and in some cases, I thought it was a little unrealistic.
- I would have loved to see more of the antagonist of the story. He was creepy in the best ways and reminded me a lot of Hannibal Lector. He was cunning, charismatic, and a pain in the butt to get information out of. I loved him! His prodige was interesting as well, but I feel like we didn’t get to hear from him as much until the end, and then it was a bit rushed.
- There’s an imaginary friend character that I was creeped out by at first, and then you learn some really weird information about her, and I kind of loved her after that. She was still creepy as hell though.
- Tom, Jake’s father, was a basic dad, that could have really used some “How to be a Dad for Dummies” book. His wife died, as stated in the synopsis, and he was just a wreck after that, as he had every right to be. However, he still had a kid to care for and wasn’t doing, in my opinion, that fabulous of a job. I didn’t hate Tom, but I didn’t love him either.
- The rest of the characters played their parts well and there were a few unexpected twists thrown in the mix!
- I would have LOVED to have seen more about the house that Tom and Jake moved into. The town called it the “scary house” and Tom and Jake both had moments of “this house is really weird and gives off creepy vibes”. The house is a huge part, for me anyway, of the story and I would have liked a little more description of the layout. North gives some descriptors of the house to just get to the point, but more would have built up the house, as a character, more.
- The town of Featherbank seemed endearing enough. It was the typical small town where everyone knows the whole town’s business. Nothing to complain about from that perspective!
- I found the writing in this book to be something I’ve never experienced before. The whole book was written in third person EXCEPT for Tom’s perspective, which was written in first person. I struggle, in general, with reading third person writing. I think it’s harder for me to envision the characters doing what they’re supposed to be because it’s not blatantly saying “I did this” or “I said this”. However, in this particular situation, I thought it was cool how the book was formatted and it didn’t distract me too much!
- I think I missed where the Featherbank is geographically, but Tom kept calling Jake “mate” and it bothered me for some reason. That’s just a silly nitpicky thing from me, though!
- I appreciated the length of the chapters. They weren’t overly long and I didn’t feel like I was dragging through the story.
- North was good at building the suspense and made me want to keep turning the pages, some of the sentence structures had me wondering what was happening (but I’m not a pro at writing so who am I to say?).
- North also did a phenomenal job bringing past and present together in the chapters. It didn’t feel choppy or jumpy, but rather it was smooth and fitting.
- I really enjoyed this book. I would find myself getting angry when something major would happen and then the POV would change to a different character and I’d have to wait to find out what’s happening. I enjoyed North’s writing style and thought the plot was pretty cool. The ending I feel was a bit rushed and would have liked to have seen more with some of the characters and situations there, but other than that, the story was well paced. I recommend this book if you want a nice thriller; it definitely had me creeped out at some parts! Again….kids will FOREVER be creepy in stories like this and I LOVE every second of it!
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