October book club is one of our favorites every year. Last year was epic and this year was also great. First, we stopped in at one of our favorite local taco restaurants, Ki’ Mexico , and then took a Haunted Shreveport Tour. Our tour guide, Robin, was amazing and so knowledgeable about Shreveport’s history. The tour took us from the Old Creswell Hotel, by the Holy Cross Church, the Municipal Auditorium, through the historic Oakland Cemetary (which was very creepy), and ended at the Logan Mansion. I definitely would recommend it if you are looking for a fun night out this month.
When you were a little older, Rebecca told me it was because you and I were so alike, but I don’t know if that’s true. I hope it isn’t. I’d have always wanted better for you than that.Alex North, The Whisper Man
But regardless, we can’t talk to each other, which means I’ll have to try to write all this down instead. The truth about everything that happened in Featherbank.
Mister Night. The boy
inthe floor. The butterflies. The little girl with the strange dress.
And the Whisper Man, of course.
It’s not going to be easy, and I need to start with an apology. Because over the years I’ve told you many times that there’s no such thing as monsters.
I’m sorry that I lied.
The Publisher’s Synopsis…
In this dark, suspenseful thriller, Alex North weaves a multi-generational tale of suspense, as a father and son are 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…
What I Thought…
I really enjoyed this book. Every year in October we always choose a scary or spooky book, and The Whisper Man was more of a spooky murder-mystery. The book is about a man, Tom Kennedy and his son, Jake, both reeling from the loss of their wife and mother. They decide to move to a new town, Featherbank for a new start. The town has been plagued by a recent kidnapping and murder of a young boy whose crime resembles the crime spree of a serial killer, Frank Carter, “The Whisper Man” from 20 years ago.
The story also gives us a glimpse at the policeman, Pete Willis who caught Frank Carter all of those years ago as well as those of the new detective, Amanda Beck and their demons stemming from the loss of the children and the stress of the investigations.
The book has a strong theme of father-son relationships and good versus evil. I was really very surprised with the ending and loved that it left me wanting to figure our who the murderer was. Overall a very good book and I definitely recommend it.
Next Month’s Selection…
A few other titles I enjoyed this month…
So what are you reading this month?? I would love to hear, I’m always on the lookout for a great read.