The Whisper Man by Alex North | @writer_north @MichaelJBooks | #blogtour #bookreview #TheWhisperMan #recommended

Thrilled to bits to host a stop on the blog tour for The Whisper Man by Alex North today! My thanks to Jenny Platt at Michael Joseph for the opportunity to join and for the fab review copy!

Author : Alex North
Title : The Whisper Man
Pages : 400
Publisher : Michael Joseph
Publication date : June 13, 2019


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…


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.

Oh. My. Word.

Say hello to what will possibly end up being my Book of the Year! Yes, I realise it’s only June, which is why I say “possibly”. But I tell you right now, it’s going to take something extraordinary to topple The Whisper Man off that number spot. As soon as I saw this book mentioned on social media, I knew I had to read it. There was just something about the cover and the book description that immediately said “this is the book for you, Eva”. Yes, it knew my name. 😉 My expectations were sky high but within the first few pages, I already knew those expectations would be met. However, I was not entirely prepared for those expectations to be exceeded and then some!

Tom Kennedy is looking for a fresh start for himself and his young son after the sudden death of his wife, Rebecca. New beginnings in a new house in a village called Featherbank. Little does Tom know that Featherbank hides a dark past. Twenty years ago, a serial killer kidnapped and murdered five children. That serial killer, known as the whisper man, is behind bars. But Tom and Jake barely have time to settle in, when another child goes missing and Jake begins to act quite strangely.

Goodness me, I don’t even know where to start. Gripping and compelling? Absolutely! Creepy and chilling? Yes! Addictive and clever? Totally! It is all that and so much more because there is a level of depth to The Whisper Man that you don’t always find in crime fiction thrillers and that’s what makes it stand out already. This story isn’t just about missing children and a serial killer. There are multi-layered and complex characters that struggle with a variety of issues, who pulled me in right from the beginning and didn’t let go. Cleverly plotted and brilliantly written, I was hooked from the very first page, flipping the pages faster and faster, utterly absorbed by the suspense and mystery. And sometimes also somewhat disgusted by human behaviour.

The Whisper Man is the kind of book any crime thriller fan dreams of. It made my skin crawl, it’s sometimes heartbreaking, it’s dark and twisty and just mind-blowingly fabulous! I’m not all surprised to learn that movie rights have already been sold.

Buy this book! Read this book! It could quite possibly indeed be the crime thriller of the year. It undoubtedly deserves to be. I can’t recommend it enough and you will most definitely be seeing this book again in my list of books of the year. Well played, Alex North! I’d like some more now, please!

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Alex North was born in Leeds, where he now lives with his wife and son. He studied Philosophy at Leeds University, and prior to becoming a writer he worked there in their sociology department.

  33 comments for “The Whisper Man by Alex North | @writer_north @MichaelJBooks | #blogtour #bookreview #TheWhisperMan #recommended

  1. June 21, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Epic epic review! Can’t wait to read it! x

    Liked by 1 person

  2. June 21, 2019 at 10:30 am

    Sounds great, very good review!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. June 21, 2019 at 10:37 am

    Such high praise! Eva! You’ve got me whipping out all the exclamation marks 😂 I need to get my grubby mitts on this asap!!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. June 21, 2019 at 10:41 am

    Wow fantastic review! Book of the year already?I definitely need to add this one to Goodreads!

    Liked by 1 person

  5. June 21, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Excellent review Eva! I absolutely loved that it is more than a thriller, I enjoyed that added layer so much and was so surprised to find out!

    Liked by 1 person

    • July 3, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Another comment that found its way into the spam folder. I hope you didn’t think I was ignoring you!

      I completely agree with what you said. It’s not something you find often either so that was definitely a treat.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. June 21, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Fantastic review for an amazing book! This is one of my favourite book of the year, too!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. June 21, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    Your book of the year, Eva? Can’t resist that. I keep seeing this book pop up on friends shelves so I guess I better go for it. Excellent review💜

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 23, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      It’s getting some amazing reviews all over the place! Can’t wait to hear what you think of it!

      Liked by 1 person

  8. June 21, 2019 at 2:44 pm

    Oh boy! Ok yes, another one to add to the pile 😅

    Liked by 1 person

  9. June 21, 2019 at 6:25 pm

    I can’t wait to read this! Wonderful review, Eva! (Love how it knew your name!)

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 23, 2019 at 12:53 pm

      😂 Should have said it whispered to me! Hope you get around to reading it soon. I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!


  10. June 22, 2019 at 11:10 am

    Wow book of the year already. Sounds like one to go on my tbr list. Thanks for the great recommendation. Glad you had such a fab read.
    Amanda xx

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 23, 2019 at 12:54 pm

      Bit of a bold statement to make but I’m feeling pretty confident. Guess we will see in December.

      Liked by 1 person

  11. June 22, 2019 at 1:14 pm

    Another title to add to my “Must read this year” list. I’m starting to wonder how I’ll be able to honour any review commitments at this rate. LOL

    Liked by 1 person

  12. June 22, 2019 at 2:53 pm

    I’ve now seen both you and Janel rave about this book. Think it needs to go on the list!

    Liked by 1 person

  13. ChrissiReads
    June 24, 2019 at 8:47 pm

    This sounds good!

    Liked by 1 person

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