The Whisper Man
I’m not embarrassed to admit that I am a complete scaredy-cat! So when I read the synopsis for The Whisper Man by Alex North I thought no thank you, not for me and then somehow promptly bought it! When I started it, I fully expected to read a few pages, freak out and then take it straight to the charity shop but this was just so damn good I couldn’t stop. The story opens with a six year old boy walking home through wasteland, completely unaware that he is being stalked and about to be abducted by the Whisper Man. Terrifying right! Meanwhile Tom Kennedy, still reeling from the death of his wife, decides that he and he son should move to a little village called Featherbank for a fresh start. As you do, they decide to move into a house that locals have named the scary house and that is just the start of their nightmare. This is a really well thought out thriller, that had me on the edge of my seat throughout. While it is chilling in places there are some surprisingly emotional parts. Full of twists and turns that I didn’t see coming but what stands this apart is the character development. It’s been a while since I have read a thriller we’re I have felt so connected to the characters.
There are so many things here that really frighten me; creepy houses, things that go bump in the night, the bogeyman and a couple of scary kids but I still strangely really, really enjoyed this one. I mean I’m having to triple check I’ve locked the front door at bedtime now but I’m sure I’ll get over that, one day! For those of you made of tougher stuff, this may actually be quite tame for you, but it totally captured my imagination and had me well and truly freaked out! I have heard it’s been made into a movie and while I can say for sure that I will have to pass on that one, I would definitely recommend you read the book.