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.