The Whisper Man

The Whisper Man

Book - 2019
Average Rating:
Rate this:
11
1
"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." --Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250317995
Branch Call Number: NORTH
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm

Opinion

From Library Staff

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 fi... Read More »


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment
k
kailee1028
Oct 16, 2019

Wow! I just finished this book tonight. All the praise I had read or heard about was well deserved! This book was so well developed in characters, plot & haunting emotions that it will linger with me for a long, long time!

j
jontalk
Oct 13, 2019

When I first began reading this, Stephen King's "The Shining" along with "Silence of the Lambs" came to mind though the story is different from both. I categorize the genre as "Creepy Crime" since the antagonist reminded me of Hannibal Lechter minus the cannabalistic tendencies. Driven by a father/son theme, the story is well paced, characters have depth though the outcome is somewhat predictable. For those who prefer crime drama with a dash of horror, you'll enjoy this immenseley.

JCLMeghanF Oct 01, 2019

After reading this book, I immediately got up and checked all my windows and doors to make sure they were locked. A little bit of Mindhunter, a little bit of The Haunting of Hill House, this chilling supernatural thriller will leave you unable to sleep at night, listening for whispers at your window.

c
carolefort
Sep 26, 2019

The Whisper Man by Alex North is one of those books that captures your attention instantly and stays in your mind long after the last page is turned. Tom Kennedy and his seven-year-old son Jake move to the English small town of Featherbank to start a new life after the sudden death of Tom's wife. It was in Featherbank that, twenty years before, a psychopath had abducted and killed five young boys. Detective Pete Willis did not rest until Frank Carter was arrested and jailed forever for these horrible crimes. Carter was called the Whisper Man because the parents of the victims reported that their children had said that a man was whispering outside their bedroom window before the abductions. Now, after all this time, another boy disappears and his mother mentions that her son had said he heard a man whispering outside the window. Detectives Pete Willis and Amanda Beck believe that the perpetrator must be an accomplice of the Whisper Man. And then, little Jake Kennedy hears whispers in the night! This book is more than creepy: what makes it shine is the sensitive way the author develops the relationships. This is not your average scary tale. So turn up the lights and close your curtains and sink into something you will not soon forget.

debwalker Sep 26, 2019

"A creepy, sinister, can't-put-it-down story of a town that survives and then relives the crimes of a child serial killer. For those who love psychological thrillers (with the absence of gore but plenty of plot twists and turns), The Whisper Man is a grand ride into the minds of those who kill and those who are victims. You'll find yourself looking over your shoulder when reading this book. Don't stand too close to an open window..." --Helen Gregory, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, Colo.

s
star2014
Sep 23, 2019

The best example of a well written "nightmare" that I have read in a long time. I loved it!

v
vsv38
Sep 12, 2019

I don't recall the last time I read a novel in this particular genre that stirred so many emotions in me. It terrified me, shocked me, broke my heart, creeped me out, and so much more! This beautifully written, expertly plotted novel, full of twists and turns and even supernatural elements, is the Best Crime Novel of 2019, hands down. It was so good I kept thinking, as I was reading, that it must be made into a movie.. and yes, I found out later that a film studio has already purchased the rights to do just that. Can't wait to see the film! In the meantime: READ THIS BOOK!

s
squirrelee
Sep 08, 2019

Based on all of the reviews, I thought this book was going to be a lot scarier than it was. It just didn't give me the chills that I was expecting. It is still a good book though, and I enjoyed it.

w
wmtlady
Sep 02, 2019

As I think of several other books I have given 5 stars to, its not fair to compare "the Whisper Man" to any of them. It stands as exceptional in its genre of drama-thriller, with a touch of "Sixth Sense" supernatural. I enjoyed the quick moving, yet descriptive pace. The characters were very believable and I thought the author's choice of ending for all the characters was very good. One of the best aspects of the narrative was the paucity of violent or gory details. The reader knows what is or had happened but is left by the author to flesh in the picture; the resulting effect is heightened tension, fear and horror. Alfred Hitchcock would love to film this.

DCLadults Aug 14, 2019

A New & Noteworthy pick. This debut thriller provides some chills to escape the summer heat. “If you're lonely, sad and blue the Whisper Man will come for you." Twenty years ago young boys went missing after hearing whispers in the night only to turn up dead. It’s happening again…

View All Comments

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability
l
lissa_adamson
Aug 13, 2019

lissa_adamson thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors

Recommendations

Subject Headings

  Loading...

Find it at SL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top