The Whisper Man: A Novel by Alex NorthThe Whisper Man: A Novel by Alex North

The Whisper Man: A Novel

byAlex North

Paperback | August 20, 2019

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"POIGNANT AND TERRIFYING"
-Entertainment Weekly

"WORKS BEAUTIFULLY... If you like being terrified, The Whisper Man has your name on it."
-The New York Times, Editor's Pick

"SUPERB"
-Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

"BRILLIANT... will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King."
-Booklist, Starred Review

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...

Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son. The Whisper Man was inspired by North's own little boy, who mentioned one day that he was playing with "the boy in the floor." Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name.
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Title:The Whisper Man: A NovelFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:368 pages, 9.35 × 6.26 × 1.02 inShipping dimensions:9.35 × 6.26 × 1.02 inPublished:August 20, 2019Publisher:Celadon BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250257719

ISBN - 13:9781250257710

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing read I could not put this book down. One of the best thrillers I have read in a while.
Date published: 2019-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Suspense with a side of horror is just how I like it! This was such an addictive page-turner. I could not stop reading and stayed up two nights in a row until I literally dropped my e-reader on my face and had to call it for the night. The short chapters made it so easy to just read one more, which then would turn into 10 more. I had a real need to find out what would happen next and, especially near the end, it was impossible to put down. The suspense was made all the more intense by a serious level of creepiness. Serial killers don’t usually scare me, and this is a serial killer story, but there were a few things that seemed to possibly be supernatural that were seriously spine-chilling. I love horror and I don’t scare easily but this had a few parts that gave me the shivers. Unnaturally deep voices coming from children is a typical horror element that is right up there among things I never want to experience. I enjoyed the perspective switching between that of the father and his precocious son and that of the police searching for the missing boy. With this type of switch in other books I have often wished for one to be over quickly so I could get back to the more exciting and interesting characters, but in this case both were equally compelling. I was surprised by some of the ways that these two perspectives tied together and one connection in particular was a real shocker. This book kept me glued to the pages and invested the entire story. I was never bored or wishing that the story would hurry up and get to the good parts because it was all good parts. The high level of spookiness made this one extra special because I do love to be scared and it doesn’t happen very often. Suspense with a side of horror is just how I like it! Thank you to Celadon Books for providing an Electronic Advance Reader Copy via NetGalley for review.
Date published: 2019-07-06

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"POIGNANT AND TERRIFYING"-Entertainment Weekly"SUPERB"-Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review"BRILLIANT... will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King."-Booklist, Starred ReviewIn 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...

Editorial Reviews

SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM AGBO FILMS, produced by the Russo Brothers (The Avengers: Endgame, Captain America)"Alex North weaves a stunningly captivating narrative that's a nuanced and grounded exploration of father-son relationships...a master class in genre exploration. An incredible read." -Joe and Anthony RussoEarly Praise for The Whisper Man: "The Whisper Man is the most unsettling thriller I have read since Jo Nesbø's The Snowman. Much more than the sum of its parts, it is nightmarish and disturbing and, at the same time, a moving and life-affirming novel about fathers and sons, and grief, loss, and recovery.-Alex Michaelides, author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient"Brilliant...an affirmation of the power of the father-son relationship...will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King."-Booklist, Starred Review"A terrifying page-turner with the complexities of fatherhood at its core."-Kirkus Reviews"A powerful and scary story that will haunt readers long after the final page is turned."-Library Journal"First it's spooky. Then it's scary. Then it's terrifying. And then. well, dear reader, proceed at your own risk. An ambitious, deeply satisfying thriller-a seamless blend of Harlan Coben, Stephen King, and Thomas Harris. My flesh is still crawling."-A.J. Finn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window"Get ready to be unnerved. This novel is thrilling."-Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author"Beautifully written. Beautifully plotted."-C.J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man"Beautifully crafted, heart-rending and spine-tinglingly chilling, The Whisper Man is a thrilling tour de force."-Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes"The best crime novel of the decade."-Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of The Defense