Unsettling, spooky, and a little gruesome at times. Read with the lights on because the creep factor is real here.
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Author, The Silent Patient
While writing The Silent Patient, I spent a lot of time thinking about what exactly makes characters iconic—and I came to the conclusion that it comes down to a kind of simplicity, clean lines and vivid imagery. And yet, it is so much more than that. There is something that cannot be mathematically manufactured—a kind of alchemy, a murky and mysterious process whereby something comes alive, much in the way Mary Shelley gave Frankenstein’s monster life. Such characters are rare. You could be forgiven for thinking we have seen the best of them—I certainly thought so. There have been so many generic copies of villains such as Hannibal Lecter, or Dracula, and so I approach most thrillers or horrors with justified trepidation.
But The Whisper Man is a triumph. In the title character, Alex North has created a monster who comes alive in your imagination, who lingers in the shadows of your mind even after you’ve closed the book. The Whisper Man tells the story of Featherbank, a small town shaken 20 years ago by a serial killer who whispered outside windows at night, stealing sons and then melting into the darkness. When Tom, a widow, and his son move to the town for a fresh start, that dark time is long over—until another little boy disappears in a similar manner to those taken by The Whisper Man many years ago. As terrifying as this book can be, what makes it extra special is that the horror is counterbalanced by Tom and Jake’s father/son relationship, a connection that is full of heart and accurately observed human emotion.
I should warn you, The Whisper Man has the kind of villain you don’t want to think about too much, particularly at night or when alone in your bed. This book genuinely has one of the most chilling last lines I have ever read. When asked about endings, a famous writer—I think it was Neil Simon—said the curtain should come down at the beginning of the fourth act, with a further series of actions implied and reverberating in the imagination of the audience. And The Whisper Man has that quality—its final line made me shudder and back away from imagining what happened next. In other words, Alex North has created that rare thing, an iconic villain—and something truly scary.
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...
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The Whisper Man by Alex North ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️☆ Holy Moly is this a FUN, CREEPY, SPOOKY thriller or WHAT?? Definitely as good as all the hype! This one gave me even more chills than Lock Every Door and The Chain
New York, NY
ABSOLUTELY LOVED!! Could not put it down it was so good. It was also very eerie and a bit spine tinglingly scary—I read tons of thrillers so surprised it had that effect! Highly recommend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Glen Burnie , MD
I really like how you questioned if there were supernatural elements occurring in the story or not. I thought that the reveal could have been a little stronger, however I really enjoyed the author's writing style.
San Ramon, CA
Without a doubt The Whisper Man is in my top 5 favorite books. I couldn’t put it down when I was reading it and when I wasn’t, it’s all I could think about. Can’t wait to read more of A. North’s books
The chapters were short, which made it that much easier to convince myself to read just “one more chapter”. It made my skin crawl and it made me “ooh” and “ah” out loud from the unpredictability!
Solid. The story flows and the characters are absolutely believable. I loved how this story didn’t rely on menial jumps but instead built a solid story, mantaining it’s believability and it’s terror.
Oliver springs , TN
I thought this book was Amazing and I wish it wouldn’t of taken me so long to read it! There were creepy and heartfelt moments! It made me sit on the edge of my seat and it also had me saying “aww!”.
Albuquerque , NM
All I knew going in was that this was a crime thriller. I’m glad that’s all I knew. I could not stop reading. Creepy but still moving. If you’re feeling brave and want a distraction, give this a go.
I absolutely adored this book! I couldn’t put it down! Ive never read a book that literally gave me chills with it’s spookiness. Cant wait for the authors follow up and I hope its released here early!
I loved it! I thought the way the spookiness was weaved into this already creepy plot was perfect. It’s much more than a thriller though; at its heart it’s about grief and parent-child relationships.
I tried to read this book in one day, but unfortunately it took me two days. Couldn’t stop turning the pages. Very good story! To bad the author’s other books are written under a different name????
Pasadena , MD
I give this book a 10/10!! Could not put this one down. Definitely don’t think I could read it if I had kids though. Scary to read at night and after finishing it I couldn’t sleep that night. SO GOOD.
Randolph , NJ
This was creepy (in a good way!) and as more details were revealed it just became a very well thought out story. Enjoyed the shorter chapters but “just one more” became most of the book, its that good
This might just be the BEST book I’ve ever read. I finished it in 2 days because of how addicting it is! If any book ever needed to made into a movie, it’s “The Whisper Man”. This is a MUST read!
Creepy, suspenseful and scary! This book made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. It does start a bit slow, but don’t give up, once it gets going you won’t be able to put it down. I couldn’t!
I’ve never considered myself a huge thriller reader. But I’ve also never read a thriller with such endearing characters or creepy atmosphere, so maybe what I was missing was a thriller from Alex North
I was into this book from the moment I started it. It was hard for me to put it down! I had moments of thinking, “How will it all tie together?” Then, BAM! It connected perfectly, brilliantly written.
This book really did give me chills and had moments where I just couldn’t put it down and had to read “one more chapter”. Im a fan of most thrillers, if you like darker thrillers, this is for you!
Puyallup , WA
This book was truly beautifully written. I usually try to figure out “who done it”, but not this one. I fell in love with the characters instead. Easy to go with the flow. I wish I could begin again.
Salt Lake City, UT
★★★★★ The story keeps going places you wouldn’t expect. I love the family dynamics with the thriller crime plot woven throught the story. It is definitely going to stick with me for a while.