Ciao, amici. A friend (Jacquie Biggar) wrote a review of this book, and I had to look it up. It sounded so good.
I’m so glad I did.
The following are the description and my thoughts…
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…
My 5-Star Review:
I’m a huge fan of the thriller genre, and the description of this book really made it stand out. I couldn’t wait to read it, and it lived up to my expectations.
This multiple-POV novel gives us a look into the minds of cop and killer, victim and family. The crime of today is oddly similar to a serial killing spree twenty years earlier by the Whisper Man. The psychological games between him and the detective who brought him to justice are just the beginning of this deliciously twisted tale. The way the author takes seemingly discrete characters and events and ties them together is clever and makes for a compelling read.
The characters are well developed, pace is well balanced. In addition to the crime elements, there are several interpersonal relationships and family dynamics that are brilliantly explored and got me right in the heart. This is so much more than a game of cat-and-mouse. I couldn’t put it down; read the book in one sitting.
Thanks to NetGalley, Celadon Books, and the author for the opportunity to read this advanced copy.
Book is Available on August 20, 2019