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Free read The Whisper Man ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB 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 townAfter 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 F. 3 starsThe experience of reading this book is like falling asleep in the passenger seat of a car and startling awake with a shuddering jolt of fear a cold window pressing hard against your cheek a cool prickle at the base of your neck an unfamiliar impenetrable darkness outside and the wrongness of it all hanging in the air like the sour clang of a bell Where are you Here trapped in a book with unknowable terrors moving in subtly like dark air before a thunderstorm And all of them are dogging Tom Kennedy s heels Tom s life had bent to a wretched avenue when his wife died and he sunk to the darkest depths of a scattered aimless mourning It was grief on top of deep weariness and he feared he would snap like bowstrings But his son s Jake s face would not let the threads unwound Their relationship was like a flag fragile on the wind and they merely maneuvered around each other every day as if the other were an awkward lamp or a misplaced vase Clawing desperately at a fresh start Tom moves with his son into the small town of Featherbank but they re soon lunged into a slow mo nightmare Featherbank s past seems to have stored up violence like a battery and when a boy goes missing it comes surging back with vengeance An ominous song that the townsfolk traded like coin spoke of The Whisper Man Featherbank s most notorious serial killer who lured his young victims away from their homes by whispering at their windows But Frank Carter is locked away in prison detective Peter Willis made sure of that though rumors of him having had an accomplice were never put to bedWhen Jake starts acting strangely Tom can t escape the feeling of having always been on a collision course with this place and this monster That old rage rises in Tom the one that swore it would burn down the world before he let any harm come to his son If you leave a door half open soon you ll hear the whispers spokenIf you play outside alone soon you won t be going homeIf your window s left unlatched you ll hear him tapping at the glassIf you re lonely sad and blue the Whisper Man will come for you North s uncluttered crisp prose helps push the narrative at a brisk pace and though the mechanics of the plot sometimes seem to grind and stall and the final reveal does not pack as much rattling energy as one would hope the emotional terrain of the book remains clear and compelling I was fully invested and never bored I became acutely aware with every page turn of a uietly encroaching eventuality and it made me want to scuttle under the covers like a frightened suid a strange darkening slinking slowly forward like a cat across the lawn as the novel marches with cool classical inevitability toward its terrible conclusion If you re paying attention you may figure out who the monster is the clues are there all along and the author puts them together in a clever wayThe torn open stomach of parenthood and the anxieties that abound within it have been fodder for fiction for years And with The Whisper Man North joins the conversation in a uietly powerful way Tom s undimmed love for his son is a lantern glow in the center of the story a bright spot like a firefly guiding the way forward and it gladdens my heart to think of it When Tom had lost his wife he d thought he d lost sight of any landmark that might have led his small family someplace happier The thought of letting Jack down of not being good enough of a parent gave him such continual anguish It came to him obtrusively obsessively always with a painful shock and Tom felt the terrible truth of it in the seemingly unbridgeable distance between them the impassable distance between a father and son even when they were within arm s reach of each other But when a threat to his son s life bathed Tom in the furnace heat of a menace as unforgiving as a wildfire the bedrock atrocity of his insecurities dwindled to ember and ash driven out by a love so caustic it seared every nerve His relationship with his son might be damaged and eroded but it was not destroyed They ll jigsaw the jangled broken thing it became until it fit itself back together and begin perhaps to mendAll in all a solid read ko fi blog twitter tumblr

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Free read The Whisper Man ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Rs 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 ManAnd then Jake begins acting strangely He hears a whispering at his window. The Whisper Man is Alex North s debut thriller and what an absolutely riveting read it isIt s some twenty years since Frank Carter began a life sentence for the abduction and murder of five little boys Carter had earned himself the nickname The Whisper Man after his sinister method of whispering at the doors and windows of his victims in order to lure them outside Now though another little boy has gone missing in similar circumstances and the peaceful village of Featherbank is once again fearful of what the outcome may beTom Kennedy and his young son Jake are still drowning in grief a year after the death of Tom s beloved wife Rebecca but Tom is hoping that a move to the sleepy little village of Featherbank will help them start a new chapter in life The new house isn t really what Tom would have chosen it s a creepy run down old house but when Jake saw it he wouldn t look at anything else he loved it on sight and Tom wanted so much for Jake to be happy He was having a problem communicating with his son Rebecca was always the one that Jake turned to and he hoped that this move would help bring them closer togetherDI Amanda Beck heads the new investigation into the missing boy but DI Pete Willis the investigator in the original Whisper Man case is also brought in to help It s always been thought that Carter may have had an accomplice and Willis s intimate knowledge of the original case could be crucialTold from the POV of Tom Jake DI Amanda Beck and DI Pete Willis this is a deftly crafted and compelling thriller where the author has grasped the importance of pace and that combined with a narrative that wastes not a single word each word being designed to hook you into the next ensures that it s a winner The Whisper Man is most certainly a best seller in waiting and Alex North should be justifiably proudThank you to Netgalley and Penguin UK Michael Joseph for my ARC I have given an honest unbiased review in exchange

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Free read The Whisper Man ñ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB EatherbankBut 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 nightJust as Tom and Jake settle into their new home a young boy vanishes His disappearance bea. If you leave a door half open soon you ll hear the whispers spokenIf 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 over the years I ve told you many times that there s no such thing as monsters I m sorry that I lied Author Your guess is as good as mine Alex North is a nom de plume image from DificonomistcomA child has disappeared Snatched from the streets His taking bears an uncanny resemblance to a series of child abductions that occurred twenty years ago Which is a problem because the perpetrator of those crimes one Frank Carter has been nicely tucked away in prison ever since he was convicted of the crimes Deputy Inspector Pete Willis should know He is the copper who put Carter away Willis is called in to assist a young DI on the case because of his familiarity with Carter That familiarity includes knowing that one of the missing boys was never found It has included visits to the prison where the large near 300 pound 6 5 Carter does his best Hannibal Lecter impression teasing Willis with obscure clues without giving him much really but letting it be known he knows than he should Did Carter have an undiscovered associate two decades ago Does he have a partner nowTom Kennedy a writer and his seven year old son Jake have just undergone a tragedy of their own Rebecca was found dead in their home Jake being the one who discovered his mother s body The memories too much Tom has moved to Featherbank a pleasant seeming community to an odd looking house hoping for a fresh start Our houseWe were hereI pulled into the driveway The house still looked the same of course but the building seemed to have different ways of staring out at the world The first time I d seen it it had seemed forbidding and frightening almost dangerous and then the second I d thought it had character Now just for a moment the odd arrangement of windows reminded me of a beaten face with an eye pushed up over a badly bruised cheek the skull injured and lopsided I shook my head and the image disappeared But an ominous feeling remained Uh oh Makes one wonder if maybe just maybe there might be something special about the house andor its prior residents and not in a happy wayOne manifestation of Jake s post mom trauma is a special friend which causes him no end of grief at school in particular but Jake is not the most social He will take his friendships where he finds them and the girl in the blue and white checked dress is the only one who wants to play with him Do you remember I guess Say it then He sighed put the pencil down and looked at her As always she was wearing a blue and white checked dress and he could see the hash of a graze on her right knee that never seemed to heal While the other girls here had neat hair cut level at the shoulders or tied back in a tight ponytail the little girl s was spread out messily to one side and looked like she hadn t brushed it in a long timeFrom the expression on her face now it was obvious she wasn t going to give up so he repeated what she d told him If you leave a door half open It should have been surprising that he did remember it all really because he hadn t made any special effort to make the words stick But for some reason they had One day when Tom overhears Jake talking in two distinct voices he becomes alarmed as Jake s imaginary friend has always been a silent partner one whom Tom has come to accept When Jake tells him that the other voice was the boy in the floor we are well into creepytown and when Jake starts hearing whispering the sort of whispering reported by abductees two decades back it goes from weird to threatening The idea for the story or at least one element of it originated in an experience the author had with his son When we moved into our new house there was a day when my son who was about four at the time talked about playing with the boy in the floor That stuck with me and I eventually decided that Jake in the book would have imaginary friends and some of them would be uite frightening The story developed from there from the Celadon interviewAnother is the notion of male parenting Very specifically I wanted to write about a widowed father struggling to connect with his grieving son from the Celadon interviewFather son relationships permeate the story Tom and Jake s relationship is where our focus lies Tom is a well realized character and I am sure there are many of us fathers who can appreciate the struggles Tom goes through trying to connect with and be the best father he can to his young son even without sharing Tom and Jake s particular trauma Tom and Jake both recovering from the death of Rebeca Kennedy does not make it any easier Not only does Tom struggle with his relationship with his son his relationship with his own father ended the day he witnessed at least a part of a terrifying parental fight Raging Dad left never to return DI Willis has demons of his own among them his guilt at not being able to stop Frank Carter sooner all those years ago and not being able to get Carter to give him the burial site for the last of the children he had murdered despite Carter luring him in from time to time And one must of course wonder what sort of parenting Carter had gotten One creepy motif that pops up from time to time is that of a Corpse Moth You can imagine where it might be found It shows up in some other places as well Another dark and wonderful element is a collector of the unspeakable or is there to himThe story is told from alternating perspectives Primary among these is Tom Kennedy s We get his take in a first person voice We also see some things from Jake s perspective The emotional progress of the story flows through them Pete s chapters give us in addition to the personal angst which defines his existence the gumshoe progress of the investigation the field visits interrogations analysis of evidence appended by a handful of chapters from the perspective of DI Amanda Peck the primary on the investigation There is a smattering of other chapters from other perspectives among about seventy chapters in the bookThe short chapters help keep the pace fast While you will be able to knock out a bunch at a dedicated reading session you can also get through a few chapters on a bus or train ride or in some short reading at bed time I warn you though depending on what parts of the book you are on you might find it difficult to fall asleep It takes a fair bit for a book to get a rise of the scary sort out of me There were several instances while reading this book in which the hair on my arms stood up at attention and it had nothing to do with a breeze or a change in temperature Seriously seriously creepy in the best possible wayGripes Not really except the frustration of not knowing Alex North s real name I wouldn t want to say this too softly THE WHISPER MAN IS A FIRST RATE ENGAGING SCARY THRILLER THAT WILL MAKE YOU CARE ABOUT THE CHARACTERS MAKE YOU WANT TO FIGURE OUT THE MYSTERY ALONG WITH THEM AND MAY VERY WELL SCARE THE BEJESUS OUT OF YOU IT MIXES KIDS COPS AND HORRORS FOR AN UNBEATABLE READING EXPERIENCE CAN YOU HEAR ME IN THE BACK My skin tingled as I remembered what had happened last night the figure I d imagined standing at the base of my bed its hair splayed out like the little girl that Jake had drawn The sensation of my foot being shaken Wake up Tom Review Posted August 9 2019Publication USA Celadon Books August 20 2019 USA Trade paperback June 6 2020 UK Penguin Books UK June 13 2019There are whispers that I received this e book from NetGalley Come closer there is something else I need to tell you Sorry still too far can you come just a bit nearer Don t worry I won t bite Just a wee bit just one step There you go now GOTCHYADecember 2019 The Whisper Man is named one of s Best Books of 2019 Mysteries and Thrillers fuh sureEXTRA STUFFFrom Celadon Books Alex North was born in Leeds England where he now lives with his wife and son Links to the author s Twitter and GR pagesInterview Celadon Books Author Alex North on His Suspenseful Thriller The Whisper Man by Rebecca Wright Celadon Discussion with Alex North A facebook A with the author mostly focused on The Whisper Man but with some s having to do with The Shadows as wellExcerpts EW Dead Good Books The Reading ListMy review of North s 2020 release The ShadowsItems of Interest The Corpse Moth The Power of Three by Diana Wynne Jones a fantasy coming of age book Tom had loved as a child and preserved to read to his own son The Whisper Man snapped up in Hollywood film deal The Russo Brothers Avengers Endgame have acuired rights to the novel to adapt it into a motion picture

  • Hardcover
  • 355
  • The Whisper Man
  • Alex North
  • English
  • 12 September 2019
  • 9781250317995