The Whisper Man: A Novel (Paperback)
September 2019 Indie Next List
“A creepy, sinister, can’t-put-it-down story of a town that survives and then relives the crimes of a child serial killer. For those who love psychological thrillers (with the absence of gore but plenty of plot twists and turns), The Whisper Man is a grand ride into the minds of those who kill and those who are victims. You’ll find yourself looking over your shoulder when reading this book. Don’t stand too close to an open window...”
— Helen Gregory, Maria's Bookshop, Durango, CO
Summer 2020 Reading Group Indie Next List
“Yikes...this one will keep you up at night! Alex North has crafted an ideal thriller, complete with a spine-tingling premise (a serial killer lures his victims outside by whispering outside their windows), a compelling protagonist (a struggling widower with a sweet young son), and two well-drawn detectives. Fans of Jane Harper, Tana French, and Thomas Harris, take note.”
— Emilie Sommer, East City Bookshop, Washington, DC
A gripping psychological thriller that fills you with dread. At the heart of this terrifying narrative, North tucks in a heartfelt story about grief, loss, and the love between a father and his son.— Christian
**THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER**
"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
"POIGNANT AND TERRIFYING"
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...
“Alex North weaves a stunningly captivating narrative that’s a nuanced and grounded exploration of father-son relationships...a master class in genre exploration. An incredible read.”
—Joe and Anthony Russo
Early Praise for The Whisper Man:
"The Whisper Man is the most unsettling thriller I have read since Jo Nesbø'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 #1 New York Times bestseller The Silent Patient
"Brilliant...an affirmation of the power of the father-son relationship...will satisfy readers of Thomas Harris and Stephen King."
—Booklist, Starred Review
"A terrifying page-turner with the complexities of fatherhood at its core."
"A powerful and scary story that will haunt readers long after the final page is turned."
"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, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Woman in the Window
"Get ready to be unnerved. This novel is thrilling."
—Brad Meltzer, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Beautifully written. Beautifully plotted."
—C.J. Tudor, bestselling author of The Chalk Man
"Beautifully crafted, heart-rending and spine-tinglingly chilling, The Whisper Man is a thrilling tour de force."
—Sarah Pinborough, New York Times bestselling author of Behind Her Eyes
"The best crime novel of the decade."
—Steve Cavanagh, bestselling author of The Defense