In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of a father and son caught in the crosshairs of an investigation to catch a serial killer preying on a small town.
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...
I first heard about The Whisper Man on the Red or Dead podcast from BookRiot. The way they described it, I knew I had to read it. A killer who lures victims out of their houses by whispering at their windows? Yes, please.
The specter of a long-incarcerated serial killer is still hanging over the small town of Featherbank. Known as the Whisper Man, Frank Carter was caught by DI Pete Willis, who’s never gotten over the fact that one of Frank’s victims was never found. He still visits Frank in prison, hoping to finally get a clue that will help him find the boy and give his family some peace.
Into town moves Tom Kennedy, an author who’s still reeling from the death of his wife, Rebecca, and his son Jake. They’re both struggling to come to terms with Rebecca’s death, and also to accept this new dynamic they’ve been forced into. Rebecca and Jake had a great relationship, and though Tom loves his son, they’re not connecting very well.
Not helping the situation is the fact that the house they’ve moved into seems to hold some secrets of its own. Children start to disappear again, with some of them having mentioned whispering at their windows in the days before they were gone, leading everyone in the town to wonder – is the Whisper Man back? Did he have an accomplice no one knew about?
Pete Willis is pulled back in to investigate the new abductions, since he knows more about the first set of them than anyone. Frank ups his game, dropping clues and giving Pete just enough information to keep him wondering about an accomplice or protege who’s decided to start following in Frank’s footsteps.
This book was as creepy as I wanted it to be. Christopher Eccleston’s narration was perfect, not that I’m surprised. There was a bit of a paranormal element to it, which I hadn’t been expecting, but was woven into the story so neatly you almost didn’t notice it. The days are short, it’s cold, your windows should be closed – it’s the perfect time to read The Whisper Man.