The Whisper Man by Alex North

The Whisper Man

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 fi...

Details The Whisper Man

TitleThe Whisper Man
Release DateAug 20th, 2019
PublisherCeladon Books
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller, Crime

Reviews The Whisper Man

  • Miranda Reads
    It's not going to be easy, and I need to start with an apology. Because over the years I've told you many times that there's no such thing as monsters.I'm sorry that I lied. Tom arrives at Featherbank with seven-year-old Jake in tow to escape the memories of their recently deceased wife and mother.And while their new house seems a bit sinister, Featherbank appears to be the idyllic town and the new start that they both craved. We were going to ...
  • Paromjit
    This is Alex North's crime debut and what a impressive debut it is. It drips with atmosphere, a disturbing story of The Whisper Man, who over 20 years ago kidnapped and murdered 5 local boys in the small town of Featherbank. Frank Carter is the Whisper Man, incarcerated in prison, reveling in his notoriety and reputation, playing mind games with 56 year old DI Pete Willis, the man who caught him. Despite the emotional cost, Pete has persevered th...
  • Maureen
    The Whisper Man is Alex North’s debut thriller, and what an absolutely riveting read it is!It’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 circumstan...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    BOTM AUGUST PICK!The Whisper Man is one of those reads that I didn't even slow down to take notes or mark quotes for my review; I blew through at record speed, finishing this one within a single sitting. I couldn't put it down until I had every last detail of the case solved! I'll be honest, based on the synopsis I was bracing myself for a Silence of the Lambs wannabe: a devilishly charismatic serial killer sitting in prison who will only talk to...
  • Debra
    4.5 starsShh can you hear that?Tom Kennedy is looking to make a new start. His wife died and he and his son, Jack, have moved into a new home in a new town in hopes of doing just that. Tom is not aware that twenty years ago, in their new town, a serial killer nicknamed the "Whisper Man" lured young boys away from the safety of their homes by whispering into their windows at night. He just wants to start over and protect his son, who is a creative...
  • Meredith
    If you're lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will come for you." 4.25 stars 20 years ago, a serial killer known as “The Whisper Man” abducted and killed several young children in a small English town called Featherbank. In the present moment, a little boy has been abducted and it seems that “The Whisper Man” is back at play-- EXCEPT he is in jail. Is there a copycat on the loose or is something more sinister going on in Featherbank? ...
  • Beata
    Now, this was quite a ride! I listened to the audiobook late at night and finished this morning, and I must say the reader did a grand job! I was scared! And I'm not that easily scared by a thriller.There are so many thrillers with the theme of child abduction or murder, but Mr North added his own original voice to the genre.What did I like? Different points of view, and very well constructed character of Jake. His vulnerabilty made me want to ju...
  • Will Byrnes
    If you leave a door half open, soon you’ll hear the whispers spoken.If 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 ...
  • Holly B
    Creepy vibes with a bit of local folklore. This book was much more than I expected (in a good way). Stellar writing and plotting with a darkness that slowly creeps it way into the heart of the tale. Tom is a doting father and after the untimely death of his wife, he wants a new start with his son, Jake. Couldn't a new town bring a new beginning? They both need to heal. He chooses the town of Featherbank. It sounds so comforting and warm. How co...
  • Peter
    StalkingAlex North’s debut, The Whisper Man is an outstanding thriller and one of the best crime novels I’ve read this year. In tones similar to Stephen King, he ramps up compelling suspense with tantalising supernatural possibilities.Alex North structured his novel in a way that is extremely appealing to me, where one character narrates in the first person and the other threads are provided in the third person. This tends to create an opport...
  • Kaceey
    You might want to keep the lights on and the doors locked while reading this one!😳Tom and his son Jake are looking to make a fresh start after the death of Toms’ wife.And hopefully, Jake can finally find a place where he’ll fit in. After all, Jake he is not your typical, everyday boy. He has imaginary friends. One that he can be heard talking to at times.But will a new town and a new school be enough to heal both of them? Only, this town h...
  • Felicia
    If this book had a Tinder profile it would read something like this:Cliché troubled detective haunted by previous case seeks unknown creepy boogeyman. Must have Daddy issues and enjoy torturing small children.------------------------------Although I enjoyed this quick read, there's really nothing novel going on here. It's pretty tame compared to similar books in this genre. I was left wanting more. More darkness, more tension, more backstory. I ...
  • Nicola
    4.5 stars ‘ He says he hears a whispering at his window’......‘The Whisper Man’ is the hair raising story of widower Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake who move to a quiet English village hoping for a fresh start.But Featherbank has plenty of its own ghosts-20 years ago,a serial killer known as ‘The Whisper Man’ abducted and murdered five young boys.When another boy goes missing and Jake begins to act out in strange ways,Tom fears tha...
  • Liz
    Five big Stars!If you like your psychological thrillers with a big creep factor, this one’s for you! Told from multiple POVs, including two DIs, we witness the manhunt for a child abductor and killer. But we also have a father and son that have recently moved into what might be a haunted house. And then there’s the son, who reminds me of the boy in The Sixth Sense. Despite the back and forth between all the characters’ POVs, I never found t...
  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    Five- this book turned me into creepy paranoid who is afraid of her own shadow, leave the lights on before sleeping, scream as soon as hearing any approaching footsteps inside the house, wow actually I was doing all of these before, but it’s still good to point a finger to something as a reason of my awkward behaviors- stars!!!!As soon as I got the printed copy of this book, I became so agitated because there was another gift with the copy! A F...
  • marilyn
    What an enjoyable book for me. This book is about fathers and sons and what the love a father, or lack of love of a father, can do to a son. It's about fathers who never forget their failings even long after they've done all they can to change, to become the best person they can be, long after they are no longer the person they used to be. And it's about fathers who are so very good and love so very much but think they are failures and not good e...
  • Tammy
    This is a menacing novel which is what a great thriller should be and I'm not going to tell you anything about it. Shhhh, did you hear that? I thought I heard a whisper.
  • jessica
    my new flat doesnt have A/C (everything in rome is ancient), so i leave the window open at night. but after reading this, that is going to change. i dont care if i roast to death in my sleep, because no way am i leaving it open anymore. this story is beyond unsettling and eerie and i loved every page of it - even if it did spook me. what i found to be most impressive about this story, where many other mystery/thriller stories tend to fail, is the...
  • Michelle
    "If you leave a door half open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken. If you play outside alone, soon you won't be going home. If your windows left unlatched, you'll hear him tapping at the glass. If you're lonely, sad, and blue the Whisper Man will come for you." This is an excellent book with some creepy moments that will give you chills and the fact that this is a debut makes this even more impressive. The Whisper Man struck 20 years ago in th...
  • Kylie D
    If you leave a door half-openSoon you'll hear the whispers spoken...Tom, recently widowed, moves to a new village with his young son Jake. A new start in a new place for both of them. However a boy Jake's age has recently gone missing, his mother saying he was hearing whispers at his door in the days before he disappeared. For the village this brings back memories of a time twenty years ago when five young boys went missing and then later most we...
  • Susanne Strong
    4.25 Stars* (rounded down).Creeptastic!You know that feeling when the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end? When the air feels dark and ominous and your breath catches in your throat and it feels tight and you can’t breathe? Imagine hearing about The Whisper Man..If you leave a window open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken.If you play outside alone, soon you won't be going home...If you're lonely, sad, and blue, the Whisper Man will ...
  • BernLuvsBooks (Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas)
    I enjoyed this one BUT not in the way I thought I would. Having seen so many reviews of people saying they couldn't read this alone at night, I expected some gore and to be truly frightened. I never felt scared. Maybe as someone who reads thrillers on a regular basis I have a higher threshold for it all. 🤷🏻♀ I had my suspicions about who was the bad guy was as soon as he was introduced. I was right which usually ruins a book for me but I ...
  • Julie (JuJu)
    A psychological thriller with a tinge of horror!This first paragraph grabbed my attention and I was hooked! “The abduction of a child by a stranger is every parent’s worst nightmare. But statistically it is a highly unusual event. Children are actually most at risk of harm and abuse from a family member behind closed doors, and while the outside world might seem threatening, the truth is that most strangers are decent people, whereas the home...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    My thoughts: Tom Kennedy and his son Jake are starting over after the loss of Tom’s wife/Jake’s mother. The new place is Featherbank.Little do they know, Featherbank has a dark history. Frank Carter, nicknamed “The Whisper Man,” was a serial killer who haunted the town more than twenty years ago. His MO was whispering in windows at night to lure his victims outside.A young boy in town vanishes, and the crime is eerily similar to those of ...
  • Michelle
    A GREAT thriller. Scary, believable and with heart. It was the total package!So rarelydoes a book live up to the hype - let alone a thriller. I am SO PICKY with thrillers (it seems the goal is which book can out-twist the other and believeablility goes way, way out the window), but this one was everything I had hoped for and more. In case you missed some of my earlier comments, this book creeped me OUT. I was on vacation for most of the time, at ...
  • Jasmine from How Useful It Is
    Awesome read! Definitely creepy following Tom’s view and heartbreaking following Pete’s view. Pete sounds like a great Detective. He cares a lot for the victims and will not rest until they are found. I like that the author includes the killer’s view. I like the cliffhangers at the end of each chapter. Though I don’t like it used against myself but when words are being utilized as a puzzle solving tactic, the reading experience is even be...
  • Dennis
    Well this was honestly a surprise. It's been a loooooooooong time since I've enjoyed a police-procedural thriller. A very long time indeed. Alex North's debut novel The Whisper Man is one of the best police-procedural novels that I've ever read, ever. Not since Sharon Bolton's The Craftsman, have I ever been so enthralled in a detective mystery. Alex North, you have a bright future ahead of you as an author, I'm telling you now. The Whisper Man...
  • Whispering Stories
    Book Reviewed on www.whisperingstories.comTom Kennedy and his seven-year-old son Jake move to the little village of Featherbank, hoping for a new start after the death of Jake’s Mum and Tom’s wife Rebecca who was discovered dead at the bottom of the stairs in their family home. Ever since Jake had to be carried up the stairs refusing to step where his mother had died.The village of Featherbank might have looked like an ideal place to restart ...
  • Pauline
    Sometimes I start reading a book and everything around me disappears and I am totally engrossed in the story. The Whisper Man by Alex North was one of these books. After the sudden death of his wife Tom and his seven year old son Jake buy a house and make a new start in the village of Featherbank. Everything is difficult from the start as Jake finds it hard to settle down at school and is frightened at home because he hears whispering outside his...
  • sue
    Let me start off by saying I have seen and heard some readers shying away from this book because they think its more inline with horror or that they are going to be so seriously spooked they won't sleep for weeks.If that was the case you would have found me hiding behind the sofa!Its creepy, its haunting and its so dam good I had to give it 5*.We follow a father and his son mostly. His wife died and it was their son who discovered her.Its a book ...