Michael Joseph 13th June 2019 (Hardback)
If you leave the door half open, you will hear the whispers spoken…
Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a fresh start.
But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys. Until he was finally caught, the killer was know as ‘The Whisper Man’.
Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home. Except that now another young boy has gone missing, stirring up rumours that the original killer was always known to have an accomplice. And then Jake begins acting strangely.
He says he hears a whispering at his window…
Firstly huge thanks to the publishers Michael Joseph for inviting me to be part of this blog tour and providing me with a copy of the book. A spooky piece of crime fiction which encompasses an incarcerated killer yet more crimes, a fragile family and some seemingly supernatural goings on. Sounds great right? And it is.
Written from a number of different perspectives – minor criticism here, but I do prefer it when chapters have headings regarding whose perspective we are getting, in this book it was a case of start reading and work it out. Which was absolutely fine, the characters were well defined enough for their narratives to be distinctive but there were one or two points when I was momentarily confused, particularly as the story progressed and the character’s paths crossed. That said I do like multiple points of view as a method of storytelling.
With a title like, ‘The Whisper Man’, this had to be a creepy read, and it was. A child is murdered and there are startling similarities to the previous murders some years ago, they have to be linked but how, when the killer is locked up. This book did keep me guessing and I enjoyed the twists as the story played out. With some sinister moments; there are some seriously depraved people out there – something arose in this book that I had no idea about, but realised it was a real thing! That’s got you wondering hasn’t it!?
Written entirely in the third person with short chapters which serve to keep the pace high, this book is a relatively quick read. Crime fiction yes, but primarily this story is about Tom and his son Jack as they adapt to life in a new home, grieving the loss of their wife/mother and regrouping as a family of two. Tom struggles to relate to Jack and his wife is now a missing link, but Tom is left wondering if he had missed something when things take a downward turn for this family. Themes of loss and broken families run through this book and the subject matter is handled sensitively.
Overall a strong and engaging crime thriller, if you’re looking for an enthralling read and like a creepy murder story then look no further, this book is for you!
Thanks to Jenny Platt at Michael Joseph for inviting me to be part of this blog tour. Steve Cavanagh says, ‘The best crime novel of the decade’, and that is reflected in the publicity for this book, take a look at the great bloggers on this tour and do check out what they are saying and share across social media. Thanks as always!