The Whisper Man, a review by Allyson

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The Whisper Man
Alex North

Suspenseful thriller
355 pages
Published August 20th, 2019 by Celadon Books

I heard this book talked about all over the internet. I heard so many good things about it on Booktube and Goodreads that I just had to check it out. I have to say I agree with all the hype. While I am new to reading thrillers and horror books, this is one of the better ones I have read thus far.

Tom and his son Jake seek a new start after the sudden death of Rebecca, Tom’s wife, and Jakes’s mom. They move to a small town called featherbank to try to move on, but somehow tragedy has found them again. I got chills while reading this book, mostly in the beginning when you are just finding out about featherbank’s past. The little rhyme Jake says after coming home from school the first couple of days really gave me the creeps!

The characters are well developed and multidimensional for such a short book. The story is told from almost all the major characters’ point of view at one point or another. Which allows the reader to get a good look inside each of their heads. I Especially liked reading from Jakes’s point of view. I could feel the internal conflict with him more than the other characters. 

The writing was superb! Alex North really knows how to bring a story to life. The only thing holding me back from giving this book a five-star review is that the story was not very original. I think there are multiple books/movies with a similar storyline, although probably not as well written. I have already decided to read another thriller by Alex North, The Shadows, and I am excited to see how that one compares to this.   

 

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