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The Murmurings

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  1,264 ratings  ·  217 reviews
Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the mo
Hardcover, 370 pages
Published March 5th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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This cover…

…She is looking into my soul!! *rocks back and forth*

This cover is going to give any reader the expectation of a major creep-fest, and it does start out pretty fantastic on that front, hooking you from the first few pages. It's bizarre and freaky, the MC seeing things from the corner of her eye and hearing unwelcome mutterings. It definitely gave me the heeby-jeebies. Along the way, however, I did feel like the book veered a little too off course for me, trapped in a web of Takers, S
I feel like The Murmurings is really comprised of two vastly different novels combined into one: the first half being its own novel; a dark contemporary of sorts where a girl is grieving over the death of her sister, and a boy helps pick up the pieces, with some dark and somewhat creepy paranormal happenings taking place every now and then, and then there's the second half being its own little novel; a somewhat creepy, thrilling, and fun paranormal/psychological read with a great deal of secrecy ...more
Stacia (the 2010 club)
"Best not to get used to that," I tell myself. It's not a good thing to start missing the company of your own imagination.

Have you ever watched a movie with a great deal of suspenseful buildup, only to get to the end and realize that you were sitting around waiting for nothing? *edit* I do need to clarify that there was a huge creep factor at the end. I guess I just wanted more knowledge or closure, or something. Even if this does end up being turned into a series, I really don't feel enough
Wendy Darling
Before reading: o_O The cover! Oh my. I hope it's as creepy as it sounds and looks.

After reading: Not anywhere near as creepy as it sounds and looks. *sigh*

2.5 stars Review to come.
The Murmurings is a book that, as soon as you so much as glance at it, promises good things. It puts into your mind images of yourself biting your nails, gripping the book/Kindle with white fingers, torn between wanting to turn away because of how creepy it is and that innate need to keep on reading. While it didn't entirely live up to that impression, this was a decent read nevertheless.

Sophie is haunted after the death of her sister, Nell. Everyone assumes that she committed suicide, unable to
Molli Moran
I love scary things (one of my favorite shows is Supernatural), and I’m drawn to psychological thrillers, so I eagerly downloaded The Murmurings once I was approved to read it. I’m glad I ended up giving Carly Anne West’s debut novel a try, because it was both genuinely spooky, and a good, moving read all at the same time. I was actually scared once or twice while reading, and that just doesn’t happen – I don’t scare easily. The fact that the main character Sophie is sometimes an unreliable narr ...more
Me and horror books never go, scrap that me and horror anything never go. If you ever put on an horror film on I’ll be the first one out of the room. But when I came across The Murmurings, I admit I was intrigued, the cover totally creeped me out, also lately I have been tearing my way through mystery books more and really enjoying them. So I was eager to find out the mystery surrounding Sophie’s sister and what really happened to her.

Sophie’s sister Nell had been admitted to the Oakside Behavio
Okay, this book cover gives me the hebbie jebbies. I feel like she can see into my soul. 0_o
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Easily enough, by taking one look at this strategically placed model on the cover and her limp hair, you immediately the feeling of "AHHHH MOMMY SAVE ME!" And a subsequent action of jumping into her arms like Shaggy does to Scooby.

Unfortunately, the outside of The Murmurings does not translate to the inside. I found it to be nothing close to creepy. While our main character experiences things that would normally make you run f
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
It's pretty safe to say from the reviews that have already come out and from what my own expectations were that The Murmurings is not the book most readers will be expecting. The cover and the blurb suggest and incredibly eerie, horror-filled read, but that really isn't how West's debut is. In fact, The Murmurings is largely a slower-paced contemporary on the nature of insanity, with a bit of horror and paranormal towards the end.

The best part of The Murmurings is the writing. West achieves a s
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My Review

This novel was spooky spooky! I find anything dealing with insanity, paranormal forces, mental patients and asylums to be completely fascinating and The Murmurings definitely delivered. Sophie was a decent protagonist but I was more interested in her connection to her sister Nell. Nell broke out of the institution with the help of Adam, an orderly. Throughout the novel, Sophie reads parts of Nell’s journal and what it reveals ab
Amanda (Born Bookish)
This book had such good reviews, but it couldn’t have been more of a disappointment. The cover is unsettling and the synopsis has you expecting this dark, psychological thriller but it all fell flat for me.

When the book opens, Sophie’s older sister, Nell, is the talk of the town, having been locked away in a mental hospital for schizophrenia and then found dead after running away. Everyone at school avoids Sophie like the plague.

Number one reason I didn’t like this book, Sophie. She made so man
Zemira Warner
This was super creepy.

I applaud you Mrs. West. You managed to freak me out throughout the novel.

Since last year, I've been more and more interested in thrillers after so many paranormal novels disappointed me so I decided to shake things up and I'm glad I did because thrillers were just what I needed.

The night before I finished this book I was home alone and playing Left4Dead and lets just say, it wasn't pretty. All of the lights were on in my house and I was sitting in a corner listening to e
Sophie's sister, Nell, heard voices. She was committed to a mental hospital, escaped, and was found dead six months ago. Sophie is seen as a freak after what happened. Her mom is depressed and she is desperately trying to move on. Especially since she started hearing voices and seeing things in the mirror. Dr. Keller keeps calling wanting to speak to Sophie's mom about her. Does he know she is hearing voices? Will she have to be committed like her sister?

Sophie starts out as a very shy and scare
Before I started this book I took one look at the cover, shuddered and then got a little excited. I am a massive horror fan and I thought this was going to scare the pants out of me, but in truth it didn’t.

Actually it was not scary at all and there is no way that I would ever label this book as a horror story at all. Somehow along the way this book has been massively misunderstood. All over Goodreads people are talking about how scary it looks, how the cover freaks people out. I am not blaming t
Oct 31, 2014 Hayden rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Stephen King, people who like frightening things
Recommended to Hayden by: Goodreads (thank you!)
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what a creeptastic little gem.

i devoured THE MURMURINGS in one night*, mostly because it creeped me out too much not to finish it and have the answers, but also because it wouldn't let me go otherwise. west's placement of detail left just enough hanging over my head for me to have an excuse to keep reading. the tension built to a terrifying height as the novel progressed, and by its end, i was emotionally spent. west's novel is a wonderful start to a promising novel-writing career. i already can
Chelsea B.
Creepy and disturbing and heartfelt, The Murmurings by Carly Anne West had me hanging on it's every word. I recommend to fans of psychological thrillers and general well-written book lovers.
Pam van Hylckama Vlieg
Creepy, amazing writing, very literary feel. Real review closer to release date!
I couldn't really connect to anything in this book. It almost felt like a good premise, but couldn't really deliver. I don't know why it is common in current YA books for the heroine to say that she knows something is not the right thing to do, but goes ahead and does it anyway. There is not even any motive given for doing the stupid thing, but it is necessary for the plot to continue on so we the reader are subjected to reading all about her bad choices. When will we have protagonists who are s ...more
Tabitha (Bows & Bullets Reviews)
The review is also available on my blog, Bows & Bullets Reviews

Sophie David’s life is far from normal. A nonexistent father, an alcoholic mother, and a dead sister, she’s pretty much alone these days. So when she starts hearing the same noises and seeing the same things that made her mother have her sister committed, she decides to buckle down and refuses to tell anyone. But soon the voices refuse to be ignored and Sophie is in a world of danger that Nell (her sister) died to protect her fro
The Murmurings is fantastically creepy. I am not one that normally reads creepy books, but this one sounded way to interesting to pass up. And I am so glad I decided to give it a shot. I mean seriously, just look at that cover. Has such a creepy feel to it, and I can promise you that the creepy feeling you get from the cover resonates throughout the pages of the book. I have no problem saying that this book is by far one of my favorite books with a creepy vibe. Carly did an absolutely fantastic ...more
Brittany (The Book Addict's Guide)
2.5 stars

Initial Impressions: If I wasn't reading this for SC, I probably wouldn't have finished. What a disappointing read. I was hoping for something creepy and psychologically thrilling but instead the story felt way too far-fetched to even begin to scare me (and I'm a chicken. I'm afraid of everything... This didn't do it).

So yes, pretty disappointed and I ended up rushing/skimming through the second half just so I could finish. I wasn't very happy with it at all.

Review originally posted o
Kandice Dover
First of all, thanks to Simon Pulse for the arc. :)

Now on with the review.

This book was amazing. Its creepy and exciting and its a big mystery. Now typically I try my best to stay away from anything creepy because I really don't do creepy. I'm the person that runs away from creepy. But I'm glad I gave this a chance.

I really liked Sophie. She's the quiet type. She's sarcastic and fiesty. She's classified as the freak because her loving sister went "crazy" because of the murmurings. I felt bad f
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Psychological thrillers always seem to grip me to my seat. I love stories that brings such craziness to the table.

What I enjoyed most about this book is the plot. A crazy dead sister, a sister left behind to reap what her sister has sowed. All of these elements and more hooked me into the story. I like that the plot moved at a pace that allow the reader to slowly immerse themselves in the story. Every turn of the page gave the reader more and more clues, more people coming out as to what role t
Grief and mental illness go hand in hand in this horror novel. But it relies far too much on telling, rather than showing, to be entirely effective. There's also too much reliance on coincidence (view spoiler)

Good atmosphere, good creepy tension at times, and good writing, but quite a few
Lisbeth Avery {Domus Libri}
Actual Rating: 3.5

It looks like I'm going to be the odd one out with this book, but not in the way you might have thought. In a surprising change of events, most of my friends did not like this book or at least, gave it a two star rating. But I did like it. I've been thinking pretty hard about this book and how I want to review and rate it. After a bit of deliberation, I've finally settled on a happy three and a half star rating.

This book isn't perfect, nor is it anywhere near perfect. It has a
Ever look at a book and the first word that comes to mind is “creepy”? That was me with The Murmurings, only to be more confused by the inside of it because it wasn’t exactly what I’d expected it to be going into it. Where the cover starts with creep factor, dark and shocking, the story ends a bit on a flat note with some disappointing characters and what I felt like, an unnecessary romance.

I did feel the story moved along at a nice pace with easy explanations. It read well and the ideas presen
Sophie’s sister Nell is found dead of a supposed suicide after having escaped from Oakside Mental Hospital where she was being “treated” for schizophrenia. Blah, blah, blah. Let’s get to the good stuff. Picture “American Horror Story: Asylum” goes young adult. There’s some downright creepy stuff that happens in this book. Wet spots behind her ears when Sophie hears “the murmurings”; smelly and ugly creatures slithering out of mirrors; psycho doctor obsessed with some dead lady; and a teen love s ...more
This was a great story. There isn't a lot of books that are psychological, the only other one is The Unbecoming Of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin. Which is Ah-mazaing!

Sophie's older sister heard voices in her ear, which lead her to kill herself. Or so Sophie thinks.

Now, Sophie starts to hear those same murmurings in her ear. She knows Nell's doctor knows more than he's letting anyone know. As Sophie tries to piece together her sister's last days, she finds she's in more danger and could suffer the
Many thanks to Simon Pulse for my arc!

This was absolutely creepy! Original and well-written, but most importantly, deliciously and disturbingly creepy, which is pretty much the whole point of the novel.

A few conversations were a bit awkward, some characterizations could've been approached from a different angle and some plot points could've been handled better, (not to mention my irritation with the thrice mentioned "I could care less". It is "I couldn't care less" because if you use the former,
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