Monday, October 14, 2019

Review - The Whisper Man

Title:   The Whisper Man
Author:  Alex North
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Celadon Books
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   355
Date of Publication:  August 20, 2019
My Rating:  4.5 Stars


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 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... 


Tom Kennedy thinks that life in a new town would be the best thing for himself and his son after he tragically loses his wife. What Tom wasn't aware of is that twenty years previously, there was a serial killer who murdered five little boys. He was caught, and the town was safe.

Now that Tom moves into a new house, his son Jake suddenly has an imaginary friend and also begins to hear things like whispering. As a matter of fact, the killer from before was called "The Whisper Man". This alerts detectives to the decades old case. At the time, it was wondered if he had an accomplice. Then, a little boy disappears. Was there someone else involved in the previous murders? Is he active now? What is Jake hearing? Lastly, are Tom and Jake safe? It is questions like this that has just about everyone on edge.

Although I had this book for review as an ARC, because I didn't get a chance to read it until after it was released, I listened to it as an audiobook. So, imagine an intense, creepy tale. The safety of young Jake, and the other missing child, is critical. But, to listen to the whispering, well, the hairs on my arms raised quite a bit. What is more, is I could not listen to it at night! But, boy, was this book well-done!

This thriller is as close to horror as I can take. Yeah, I am a chicken! Despite that, this book was really compelling. Difficult to put down (unless I was scared out of my wits, lol). The varying POVs made this book even better. Alex North may be new to me, but no doubt I will be back for more.

Many thanks to Celadon Books and to Edelweiss for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son. The Whisper Man was inspired by North's own little boy, who mentioned one day that he was playing with "the boy in the floor." Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name.


  1. I have this book on my TBR. I've heard a lot of good things about it.

  2. I've heard so much about this and hope to get to it soon! Good to know it lives up to the hype!

  3. Oooo, this looks creepy. Thanks for putting it on my radar.

  4. This sounds creepy.

    This sounds creepy. Adding this to my list.

  5. You are braver than I am, I was afraid of this one ;)

  6. the cover is creepy and looks like the book is too.. perfect time of the year for this one

  7. Great review, I enjoyed the book too and it is a perfect read for this haunting month.

  8. I can't wait to read this book! Awesome review!

  9. Great review, I really want to listen to this book on audio as well but I have to wait when it is off the waiting list on overdrive to check it out from the library. I'm really glad you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.