The Whispers, a review by Shelley

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THE WHISPERS
Ashley Audrain

Penguin Random House Canada | Viking
Publication Date: June 6th, 2023
336 Pages
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But more than any proof she has, is a feeling. She’d once heard them described as the whispers– the moments that are trying to tell you something isn’t right here.

I loved The Push by this author when I read it in 2020 and The Whispers has that same feel. This is the proper way to do a slow burn psychological literary fiction that is very character driven. It helps that the writing is captivating, it pulled me into the drama of the neighbourhood. There are a lot of secrets between the residents of Harlow Lane and what are they willing to do to keep them? I liked the way the book delves into the backstories of the characters and how unique the plot itself is.

There are really difficult topics dealt with in the book and Audrain doesn’t pull any punches writing about them. The characters aren’t very likeable and I don’t usually enjoy books with this many asshole characters but it works here because the story, plot and writing are so engaging you can’t stop reading until you find out what happens next. If you enjoyed the author’s debut, The Push then do yourself a favour and read this one as well because Audrain manages the same magic in her sophomore release.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.

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