The Whisper Man

The Whisper Man

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"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." --Amazon.com.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Celadon Books, 2019
ISBN: 9781250317971
1250317975
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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labraden
Oct 02, 2020

Tom Kennedy and his son, Jake are moving to a new town a year after the death of Jake's mother. Tom allows Jake to choose the house, but regrets it immediately when he sees how spooky their new house is. Tom and Jake have had lots of trouble communicating, but Tom hopes that the move will give them a fresh start. The town that they move into has a storied history; Featherbank was the site of the death of four young boys 20 years before, but even though the man the press called "The Whisper Man" who had killed the boys is in jail, another boy from the town has gone missing. DI Amanda Beck has been assigned to the new case, but because of his involvement in the first investigation, DI Pete Willis has been brought in on the case. Pete doesn't want to be part of the investigation because "The Whisper Man" case has haunted him for years, but he doesn't have much choice because they need help from the original "Whisper Man," and he will talk with no one but Pete.

The Whisper Man is really two stories that intersect making one book. The mystery of the missing boy takes center stage, but there are also themes of survival after loss and the relationships between fathers and sons. Overall, The Whisper Man is a good, suspenseful thriller made stronger by the themes included in the story.

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Ana89_0
Sep 15, 2020

4 1/2-5 stars. This was a brilliant thrilling novel and was a terrific read. North takes you on a roller coaster ride in a story of fatherhood, loss, and a serial killer or two. Tom Kennedy and his 7 year old son Jake are lost in grief after the untimely death of Rebecca, wife and mother. They are struggling to communicate with each other and not succeeding too well. Tom decides that they need a fresh start so he buys a new house for them in the village of Featherbank, a strange and quirky house that Jake loves at first sight. But Featherbank is the place where young boys have disappeared and although the man responsible for their deaths is in jail, the fear still remains as another boy has disappeared. And soon Jake appears to be targeted by the man the locals call "the Whispering Man". Such a terrific read.

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Mahala
Jul 28, 2020

Returned unread. freaked me out.

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lissa_adamson
Jun 19, 2020

Humanity at it's truest, this character-driven narrative is heart-wrenching. With characters of all ages, normal people, average people, people trying their damnedest just to be better versions of themselves. Then pair that with a parent's worst fears and you have the Whisper Man. A compulsive read that grabs from page one, evokes your heart with love and fear and wraps the ending up with promise and retribution.

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heavenne
Jun 15, 2020

Was hoping with something with a little more supernatural than just a few scenes here and there. The suspense was there, but it fell a bit flat. Some parts were pretty predictable but it was still a decent plot to read through. However! the last third of the book packed a pretty good punch and it seemed everything happened all too fast and at once. Makes you wonder if there's a possible sequel but on the other hand if there isn't that's fine too. The ending was just right.

Looking forward to another one of North's books. I'm sure they'll get better.

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carolwu96
May 11, 2020

Two decades ago, The Whisper Man abducted and murdered five boys. Only four bodies were found, haunting police officer Pete ever since. Two decades later, Tom and Jake Kennedy move to the area. But soon a little boy goes missing, and Jake begins to hear whispers outside his own window.⁣⁣
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Although I did not find the book creepy, I did appreciate its commentaries on familial trauma and personal redemption as well as dissection of father-son relationships.⁣
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(❗️spoiler alert❗️) The Kennedy sons have been traumatized for at least three generations. Pete had an abusive father, leading to problems in his own family relationships. He has successfully combated his own abusiveness by the beginning of the book, but still frequently relapses into bouts of self-worthlessness.⁣
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Tom, luckily, grew up mostly under his mother’s influence, but the lack of father figures in his life means that he does not know how to interact with his own son.⁣
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Little Jake represents the future. Although he is traumatized by his mother’s death, he knows that Tom loves him and has the greatest chance of breaking this vicious cycle. But then he gets kidnapped by Francis.⁣
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Francis (not a Kennedy) ought to be the most extreme of our four narrators. He never outgrows the natural but childish admiration for his abusive father, and consequently becomes torn between this admiration and a conflicting disillusionment. Through taking other children and “caring” for them, he hopes to vicariously fix his own childhood trauma.⁣
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However, while he is consciously guided by redemption, he subconsciously seeks to legitimize his father’s abusiveness. Through terrorizing his victims and venting his anger on them, he simply becomes another copy of his father.⁣
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Rather than trying to escape from trauma (as Pete does), bury it (Tom) and fix it (Francis), the best way to recover from trauma seems to be to admit past mistakes and work through the consequences together. Healing is a often multigenerational effort, and unfortunately, in becoming obsessed with the past, some are also deprived of the present and the future.

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jrhulsey
May 07, 2020

This psychological thriller/horror started off very promising... then it settled into a somewhat suspenseful story with mostly drab characters.
The technique is interesting and I think there is a nice sort of symmetry between these characters—they are all connected and they are all struggling emotionally in a similar fashion.
The issue is that they are all one-note and flat. It has a spooky concept and it’s definitely a page-turner with good pacing. Other than that, it’s full of bad cop show dialogue, there is no real character arc or differentiation between the characters, and the twists land softly and are predictable...but still interesting?
It’s nothing remarkable, but still recommendable.

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dsw3914
Feb 18, 2020

I thought it was very good. The only downside to me was that there was a little to much supernatural going on i.e, talking to people who were not there. I read it a good bit quicker than I usually get one read. Thankfully, not much navel-gazing which is a real pet peeve of mine.

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Chuy88
Feb 13, 2020

I'll admit, it was difficult to get into at first. As I got through Part 2 of the book into Part 3 I was hooked.
There were definitely a few parts that ran a shiver down my spine and made me un-easy. So Mission accomplished on what the author was trying to do.

My real only complaint about it, was how some repetitive some parts got, and the fact that I was able to predict the ending about halfway through.

Other then that, good read. Definitely recommend.

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chriss_g
Feb 10, 2020

I read it in one day and I cannot tell if that's due to its creativity or lack thereof.

I had a very good idea what was happening about midway through. The 'scary parts' did not translate well in written word but I suspect this would do very well as a movie.

Meh.

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Aug 13, 2019

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