The Whisper Man (Hardback)Alex North (author)
A flesh-crawlingly scary serial killer novel that is also written with real compassion and heart, The Whisper Man collapses genre boundaries with aplomb and carves out a unique place for Alex North in the psychological thriller firmament.
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If you leave a door half-open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken . . .
Still devastated after the loss of his wife, Tom Kennedy and his young son Jake move to the sleepy village of Featherbank, looking for a much-needed fresh start.
But Featherbank has a dark past. Fifteen years ago, a twisted serial killer abducted and murdered five young boys.
Until he was finally caught, the killer was known as 'The Whisper Man'.
Of course, an old crime need not trouble Tom and Jake as they try to settle in to their new home.
Except that now another boy has gone missing. And then Jake begins acting strangely.
He says he hears a whispering at his window . . .
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 629 g
Dimensions: 240 x 162 x 36 mm
'With the movie rights already sold to Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock would have loved every spine chilling moment' - The Daily Mail
'Strong characters and a palpable sense of sadness behind the scariness.' - The Express
'A gripping exploration of father-son relationships with a propulsive plot' - The Guardian
'Terrifying and utterly heartbreaking.' - Mark Billingham
'A dark, creepy, thriller with a huge amount of heart.' - Stuart MacBride
'Beautifully written. Beautifully plotted. Shades of Thomas Harris and Stephen King but brilliant in its own right.' - C. J. Tudor
'A tremendous calling card for the brilliant Alex North.' - Mick Herron
'The best crime novel of the decade.' - Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of Thirteen
'Alex North has achieved the seemingly impossible. The Whisper Man is a thriller that is both terrifying and utterly heartbreaking. Mesmerising and masterful.' - Mark Billingham
'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, no.1 bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
'The Whisper Man is going to be huge. Dark enough to chill your blood but so beautifully written you will not be able to put it down. Utterly brilliant.' - Ali Land, Sunday Times bestselling author of Good Me, Bad Me
'A dark, creepy, thriller with a huge amount of heart. Damn, but Alex North can write!' - Stuart MacBride
'Alex North weaves a stunningly captivating narrative that's a nuanced and grounded exploration of father-son relationships. He strikes such a delicate balance that consistently elevates itself, he ultimately provides a master class in genre exploration. An incredible read.' - Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of the Avengers franchise
'Beautifully crafted, heart-rending and spine-tinglingly chilling, the Whisper Man is a thrilling tour de force. Assured and compelling, I can't wait to see what Alex North does next.' -Sarah Pinborough
'The Whisper Man is the most unsettling thriller I have read since Jo Nesbo'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 Sunday Times bestselling The Silent Patient
'A novel about the dark places that are recognisably our own, The Whisper Man plays on our emotions as much as on our fears. A tremendous calling card for the brilliant Alex North.' - Mick Herron
'Fantastic. He writes beautifully, with a powerful understanding of the effects of loss and damage on the human psyche and a style that sweeps you into its grip and never lets go. I'm totally sold on Alex North.' - Alex Marwood, bestselling author of The Wicked Girls
'A fine, chilling tale. Alex North paints a world that is so believable and at the same time utterly terrifying. The characters are beautifully rendered, and the tenderness of the central relationship between father and son deepened the sense of terror.' - James Oswald
'Compelling, creepy and beautifully written, The Whisper Man will stay with you long after the last page is turned - and make you double-check all your doors and windows are locked at night.' - T. M. Logan
'Deliciously creepy and kept me up long after I'd turned the last page.' - Jenny Blackhurst
'Utterly absorbing and intense, so deliciously creepy I think I held my breath for half the book. I couldn't walk away from this affecting story until it was done with me. Loved it!' - Angela Clarke
'Gripping, disturbing, and creepy as hell - The Whisper Man deserves to be a huge hit. Absorbing writing, characters that will live with you long after finishing, and guaranteed to show up in a nightmare or three. Heartbreaking and unsettling in equal measure, it's destined to be the book that will readers won't be able to forget.' - Luca Veste
'Wonderfully dark, gently creepy and completely bloody heartbreaking. Alex North is a fantastic writer. The Whisper Man left me in pieces.' - Susi Holliday
'A nerve-shredding emotional rollercoaster that'll keep you up late at night, whether you're still reading it or not. A compulsive read that's sure to give you nightmares.' - Ed James, bestselling author of The Hope That Kills
'A phenomenal read. Terrifying and heartbreaking in equal measure and if it wasn't so hot I'd definitely be sleeping with the windows shut tonight! The Whisper Man will be the book everyone's talking about next summer, mark my words.' - Michelle Davies, author of Gone Astray
'A riveting page turner! Dark and unsettling, this one creeps under your skin.' - J.D. Barker, author of The Fourth Monkey
'There's a soft voice outside your window and it demands your attention. The Whisper Man is coming. In fact, he's already here. Get ready to be unnerved. This novel is thrilling.' - Brad Meltzer
'The Whisper Man is a tour de force, utterly absorbing and brilliantly realised.' - Mel McGrath, bestselling author of Give Me The Child
'One of the best crime novels I've read in ages. Alex North has crafted a book that manages to be thrilling, terrifying and genuinely moving.' - Mason Cross, bestselling author of The Samaritan
'The Whisper Man is the most stunning thriller you will read this year, examining the relationships between fathers and sons, loss, betrayal, abduction and murder. It is a story that will unravel the reader as the plot itself unravels, leaving us winded, choking, gasping for air and wrung out, while disturbing, entertaining and enthralling us at the same time.' - Liz Nugent
'The Whisper Man is a chilling, gripping read but also deeply moving. It's a novel that succeeds on all kinds of levels and deserves all the success that is no doubt coming it's way.' - William Ryan
'No one does Dark with a Heart like Alex North and The Whisper Man delivers a sucker punch that stays with you. Beautifully crafted, chilling & emotional, this's going to be topping Books of the Year lists as soon as it's out.' - Sarah Hilary
'I read The Whisper Man in one go, barely remembering to breathe. North writes brilliantly about the cruelties of life, great and small, and the terrors that afflict young children (not to mention their parents). Tender, terrifying and utterly compelling, The Whisper Man will haunt you to the final page and beyond.' - Jane Casey
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