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 rumours 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...
I remember buying this book in WH Smith in the airport last year (yes another Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price deal I caved for) and I was so excited when I read the description. I love a good thriller and I hadn’t read a good eerie and creepy thriller in so long! So let’s just say, expectations were high...and in the grand scheme of things, this book didn’t 100% deliver.
The writing and the characters are good. I was hooked from the beginning; it's a page turner and I flew through the book as I couldn’t wait to find out what happened at the end. So for the first 85% of the book, I was really enjoying it. I didn’t find it as creepy as I thought it would be but still liked it and wanted to continue. The emotions throughout the book are extremely strong and you really feel for Tom as he struggles to as a single parent. This shows the skill of the author and was another key reason why I wanted to push through and see what happens.
However, it still fell flat...I found the book was building up to this massive reveal and I was hugely underwhelmed by the ending. It felt really rushed and the whole thing built up to what should have been an epic twist but it was just random and anticlimactic. It was like we took a massive detour and suddenly ended up in a very random cul de sac where the ending was abrupt and quick...similar to Mark Edwards' The Retreat, I felt this story had so much promise and started off so well and then it just got a little lost along the way.
So yeah...probably not the review you wanted to see but as I said, I seem to be in a minority here. It seems most people loved the book and in fairness, I would read more from North, it didn’t turn me off that much. I just felt this particular book didn’t give me what I wanted.
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'Courage is not the absence of fear, Pete knew. Courage requires fear.'
NA...can't say I really connected with any of the characters.
MY OVERALL RATING: