**Thank you Netgalley & Celadon Books for my eARC.**
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2
“He stepped silently out from the bushes behind the boy, and then whispered his name.”
This was like Sixth Sense meets Stephen King. All the hype around this book is completely legit. It definitely has the makings of a great horror flick.
This book had such an incredible creep factor! From the description of the scary looking house, to Jake’s drawing of the little girl. It was all so eerie.
“He had captured the odd look of the place well. The curved, childlike lines stretched the house into a strange shape, elongating the windows, and making it look more like a face than ever. The front door appeared to be moaning.”
“And beside him, he’d drawn another person in his bedroom. A little girl, her black hair splayed almost angrily out to one side. Her dress was colored in with patches of blue, leaving the rest white. Little scrapes of red on one of her knees. A corkscrew smile on her face.”
I made the mistake of reading this at night, which was kind of a bad idea! I let my mind run loose and had managed to creep myself out enough, that I couldn’t sleep!!
“If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.
If you play outside alone, soon you won’t be going home.
If your window’s left unlatched, you’ll hear him tapping at the glass.
If you’re lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you.”
I don’t think there was one character I didn’t like!
Detective Willis is a recovering alcoholic, Tom is a grieving widower and Jake has an imaginary friend.
The Whisper Man was like the boogeyman: terrifying and incredibly well-written.
The story & connecting the dots..
Both Detective Willis and Tom have personal issues they are dealing with, which made for a slower read at times, but it was never boring.
Even though I had figured out the whodunit part halfway through, there were a few twists and elements of surprise that were unexpected.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one and think it makes a great one to add to your Halloween list of reads.
Have you read it? Is it on your TBR??
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…