The Whisper Man - Alex North

The Whisper Man

By Alex North

  • Release Date: 2019-08-20
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 133 Ratings



"WORKS BEAUTIFULLY... If you like being terrified, The Whisper Man has your name on it."
The New York Times, Editor's Pick

Publisher's Weekly, Starred Review

"BRILLIANT... will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King."
Booklist, Starred Review

Entertainment Weekly

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 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...


  • The Whisper Man

    By cartonpie
    I absolutely loved this book; part fantasy and part gritty reality. The story was so real in how it dealt with family relationships. I hated reading the last page; I wanted more.
  • Best thriller I’ve read

    By Mollibear
    I finished this book in two days because it was impossible to put down. It was incredibly clever to change the tone of the narrator between each chapter— especially the chapters focused on Jake’s thoughts and feelings. This book is full of suspense, and just when you think you’ve figured it out, you turn the page, and more surprises are revealed.
  • stuff of nightmares

    By kimbnaz
    Whispers outside a child’s bedroom window. What could be more frightening? Rhymes that remind you to lock your doors so the Whisper Man doesn’t get you. This is the stuff of children’s nightmares. This isn’t just a nightmare though, this is real for the residents of Featherbank. 15 years ago a serial killer terrorized the families in Featherbank, abducting children. Now it’s happening again, but the serial killer is behind bars. Neil Spencer is 6 years old and on a journey from his father’s house to his mother’s. A six year old shouldn’t have to make this journey alone. At six, a little boy should have a hand to hold. But Neil doesn’t. Neil is easy prey. And prey he becomes. It can’t be the Whisper Man, even though his mother recalls Neil telling her he was hearing whispers at night from a monster outside his bedroom window. No, the real Whisper Man is locked away forever. Yet Neil heard the whispers and now Neil is missing. Who is responsible? This story strikes fear in parent’s hearts. When you have a child, one of your worst fears is child abduction. Even though Neil’s parents were less than perfect, they shouldn’t have to go through losing a child this way. So when Tom Kennedy and his son Jake move to Featherbank to escape the memories from the death of mother and wife Rebecca, they believe they are starting over. Starting over clear across the country in a charming little town and a strange little house. They don’t know the story of the Whisper Man. The characters have their flaws. Tom tends to stay distant from Jake, feeling he isn’t the father he should be. Jake is worried that his father doesn’t want him now that his mother is gone. Detectives Beck and Willis each have their own issues. Beck is trying to climb the ladder, and Willis still harbors demons from the original Whisper Man case. These are real people who simply want to find their way. The Whisper Man was frightening. The kind of story that sent chills down my spine and kept me up half the night to find out how it was going to end. A mystery is well-written when the guilty party is unexpected. A mystery strikes a chord when it is something that you fear yourself. This mystery has all those elements. It also has a few surprises along the way. It also wasn’t just about the mystery of the Whisper Man, it was a book about real people trying to make the best of bad situations. It was a very well rounded story that I enjoyed immensely (while chewing on my fingernails!)
  • So, so creepy

    By DJames
    I knew when I started The Whisper Man that the story would be creepy. I was warned by everyone and their mother, from the jacket of the book to every review I encountered. Even still, I don’t think I was adequately prepared for to story that unfolded. The Whisper Man is every parent’s worst nightmare. He comes to the window of young boys and whispers to them, luring them out of their beds. But the Whisper Man was caught years ago, and yet a new missing boy leads police to suspect someone in his circle. After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy moves to the town of Featherbank with his sensitive young son Jake. But as they settle into their new house, strange things begin to happen, starting with Jake hearing whispering outside his window. It’s told from multiple perspectives in the third person, except for Tom, who narrates his section. It worked surprisingly well for revealing details but also keeping the reader in the dark and on the edge. I devoured this book. While the creep factor was seriously real, so was the strong writing, interesting characters, and solid plot. It had all the best elements of a good thriller.
  • Thrilling

    By book guy27
    Like watching investigation ID all in you head
  • Perfect book for fall

    By Skootch's mom
    The summer is ending and I have been thinking about the fall. This book fits the bill perfectly. Creepy and a page turner but more importantly a father son relationship book written with such warmth and character. Predicting this one makes a big splash!