The Whisper Man

The Whisper Man

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"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."
Publisher: New York : Celadon Books, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250317995
Branch Call Number: FIC NORTH, ALEX
Characteristics: 355 pages ; 25 cm


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Apr 05, 2021

Great page-turner. Which is not at all my genre, but I found the book in a Little Free Library and couldn't find anything else to read. Kept me interested until the end. I think you're supposed to figure out who dun it fairly early, because all the bread crumbs are there, but still it's an interesting ride to get to the end.

One thing I completely didn't understand, and without a spoiler, is it seems they had already been to the kidnappers house, and knew to look for that resident, but somehow that was forgotten. So there was a little wrinkle I didn't understand.

Apr 02, 2021

Okay, my last comment got lost? The writing in this book is weak. if you like timid writing and excessive use of the verb, 'was,' well then, yes you might like this trash. But I suggest you do yourself a favour and try something, anything else; Hammett, Woolrich, Spillane. Just not this rubbish.

Jan 19, 2021

THE WHISPER MAN is a thoroughly engrossing and well-paced thriller. Author Alex North injects an interesting touch of the supernatural within the main mystery. In addition to being a well-done page-turner, it’s also a thoughtful book about father and son relationships. THE WHISPER MAN is a spellbinding mix of suspense, terror, and family drama.

Nov 16, 2020

This book was excellent! i couldnt put it down !Awesome book!

Oct 02, 2020

Tom Kennedy and his son, Jake are moving to a new town a year after the death of Jake's mother. Tom allows Jake to choose the house, but regrets it immediately when he sees how spooky their new house is. Tom and Jake have had lots of trouble communicating, but Tom hopes that the move will give them a fresh start. The town that they move into has a storied history; Featherbank was the site of the death of four young boys 20 years before, but even though the man the press called "The Whisper Man" who had killed the boys is in jail, another boy from the town has gone missing. DI Amanda Beck has been assigned to the new case, but because of his involvement in the first investigation, DI Pete Willis has been brought in on the case. Pete doesn't want to be part of the investigation because "The Whisper Man" case has haunted him for years, but he doesn't have much choice because they need help from the original "Whisper Man," and he will talk with no one but Pete.

The Whisper Man is really two stories that intersect making one book. The mystery of the missing boy takes center stage, but there are also themes of survival after loss and the relationships between fathers and sons. Overall, The Whisper Man is a good, suspenseful thriller made stronger by the themes included in the story.

Sep 15, 2020

4 1/2-5 stars. This was a brilliant thrilling novel and was a terrific read. North takes you on a roller coaster ride in a story of fatherhood, loss, and a serial killer or two. Tom Kennedy and his 7 year old son Jake are lost in grief after the untimely death of Rebecca, wife and mother. They are struggling to communicate with each other and not succeeding too well. Tom decides that they need a fresh start so he buys a new house for them in the village of Featherbank, a strange and quirky house that Jake loves at first sight. But Featherbank is the place where young boys have disappeared and although the man responsible for their deaths is in jail, the fear still remains as another boy has disappeared. And soon Jake appears to be targeted by the man the locals call "the Whispering Man". Such a terrific read.

Jul 28, 2020

Returned unread. freaked me out.

Jun 19, 2020

Humanity at it's truest, this character-driven narrative is heart-wrenching. With characters of all ages, normal people, average people, people trying their damnedest just to be better versions of themselves. Then pair that with a parent's worst fears and you have the Whisper Man. A compulsive read that grabs from page one, evokes your heart with love and fear and wraps the ending up with promise and retribution.

Jun 15, 2020

Was hoping with something with a little more supernatural than just a few scenes here and there. The suspense was there, but it fell a bit flat. Some parts were pretty predictable but it was still a decent plot to read through. However! the last third of the book packed a pretty good punch and it seemed everything happened all too fast and at once. Makes you wonder if there's a possible sequel but on the other hand if there isn't that's fine too. The ending was just right.

Looking forward to another one of North's books. I'm sure they'll get better.

May 11, 2020

Two decades ago, The Whisper Man abducted and murdered five boys. Only four bodies were found, haunting police officer Pete ever since. Two decades later, Tom and Jake Kennedy move to the area. But soon a little boy goes missing, and Jake begins to hear whispers outside his own window.⁣⁣
Although I did not find the book creepy, I did appreciate its commentaries on familial trauma and personal redemption as well as dissection of father-son relationships.⁣
(❗️spoiler alert❗️) The Kennedy sons have been traumatized for at least three generations. Pete had an abusive father, leading to problems in his own family relationships. He has successfully combated his own abusiveness by the beginning of the book, but still frequently relapses into bouts of self-worthlessness.⁣
Tom, luckily, grew up mostly under his mother’s influence, but the lack of father figures in his life means that he does not know how to interact with his own son.⁣
Little Jake represents the future. Although he is traumatized by his mother’s death, he knows that Tom loves him and has the greatest chance of breaking this vicious cycle. But then he gets kidnapped by Francis.⁣
Francis (not a Kennedy) ought to be the most extreme of our four narrators. He never outgrows the natural but childish admiration for his abusive father, and consequently becomes torn between this admiration and a conflicting disillusionment. Through taking other children and “caring” for them, he hopes to vicariously fix his own childhood trauma.⁣
However, while he is consciously guided by redemption, he subconsciously seeks to legitimize his father’s abusiveness. Through terrorizing his victims and venting his anger on them, he simply becomes another copy of his father.⁣
Rather than trying to escape from trauma (as Pete does), bury it (Tom) and fix it (Francis), the best way to recover from trauma seems to be to admit past mistakes and work through the consequences together. Healing is a often multigenerational effort, and unfortunately, in becoming obsessed with the past, some are also deprived of the present and the future.

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Jan 19, 2021

“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.” - p. 304

Jan 19, 2021

“Courage is not the absence of fear… Courage requires fear.” - p. 63

Jan 19, 2021

“The devil finds work for idle hands.
Bad thoughts find empty heads.” - p.32


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