Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Review - Little Whispers

Little Whispers
Author:  K.L.Slater
Genre:   Psychological Thriller
Publisher:  Bookouture
Format:  Kindle ARC
No. of Pages:   259
Date of Publication:  May 21, 2020
My Rating:  4 Stars


You shared a secret with the wrong person.

Janey Markham is thrilled to be moving with her family to Buckingham Crescent, the smartest address in a desirable suburban town.

Worried she’ll be excluded by the glossy local mothers, Janey is thrilled when she meets Tanya, the kind of woman she has always looked up to. Tanya takes Janey under her wing, and her teenage daughter Angel is amazing with Janey’s little boy. As Janey and Tanya grow closer, Janey feels she can finally leave her troubled past behind.

But then everything changes…

In a weak moment over a bottle of wine, Janey finds herself telling Tanya her most shocking secret. Why wouldn’t she trust her new friend?

The following day, Janey sees Angel, with a man old enough to be her father, pushing someone into a car. The next day a body is found and police appeal for witnesses – and share a picture of the same car…

When Janey tells Tanya she is going to the police, Tanya turns threatening. She’ll stop at nothing to defend Angel, even if her daughter is guilty. If Janey says anything, Tanya will make sure that her dark secret gets out.

Janey faces an impossible choice. Stay quiet about what she saw that terrible day. Or speak up, and destroy the family she has worked so hard to protect…


Janey Markham, and her husband and son, move to a posh new house in an affluent suburban town. Janey isn't quite so sure that she fits in. They struggled financially and it seems overnight with a new job, and a bigger salary, that their lives have improved for the better. Janey soon meets one of her neighbors, Tanya, and they hit if off. Janey gets quite comfortable around Tanya, and soon reveals a huge secret. The very next day Janey sees Tanya's daughter with an older man and sees them pushing a man inside of a car. The very next day a body is found, and it appears to see the man Janey briefly saw.

Janey feels it is imperative to be responsible and to tell the police what she saw, despite the fact that her new friend's daughter might very well be involved in a murder. Tanya isn't having that. She plainly tells Janey that if she should tell the police anything, she will reveal Janey's secret. Meanwhile, something is going on with Janey's husband. Before they moved, he was working all of the time and family time spent together just didn't happen. He promised Janey when they moved that he would be around more. However, his actions prove otherwise, and it soon seems that he has something to hide as well.

Coincidentally, right AFTER I read this book, I read Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. Both books have some similar elements. This is because both books dealt with school moms, and those relationships were not always very nice. Janey continues to feel out of place, especially when she walks her son to school. That is pretty much where the similarities between the two books end (at least for me). What I found in this story by K.L. Slater is that envy, secrets and domestic drama all played a huge role. 

Little Whispers is a terrific psychological thriller and it captured my attention from beginning to end, especially when considering the twists in the story. I have another of Slater's books in my immediate TBR so I look forward to that, and anything else she will be writing.

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


Kim is the million-copy bestselling author of nine standalone psychological crime thrillers. SINGLE, her new thriller, is published November 2019.

Her titles are published in eBook by Bookouture and in paperback by Sphere (UK) and Grand Central (USA).

For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents and collected an impressive stack of rejection slips. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.

Before graduating in 2012, she gained literary agent representation and a book deal. As Kim says, 'it was a fairytale ... at the end of a very long road!'

Kim is a full-time writer. She has one daughter, two stepsons and lives with her husband in Nottingham.

Publishers: Bookouture, Sphere, Grand Central, Audible
Agent: Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson 

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