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The Murmurings

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  2,091 ratings  ·  293 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 Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
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
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.
Stacia (the 2010 club)
Mar 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, horror
"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 fee
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
Amanda (Born Bookish)
Nov 29, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Feb 20, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Check out more of my reviews at ***Singing and Reading in the Rain***!

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
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Okay, this book cover gives me the hebbie jebbies. I feel like she can see into my soul. 0_o
The more I think about this book the less I like it. I was expecting super creepy and it wasn't at all. The idea was unique and promising, but the romance way overshadowed the plot and didn't make a whole lot of sense. Sophie and Evan go from practical strangers to him just showing up at her house with no reason to be there and then they're just like, together? Everything else just conveniently falls into place despite Sophie's numerous bad decisions and so many things that happen are just too i ...more
Clare Stracke
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
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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
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

To be honest I expected her to have some mental illness but it turns out, she didn't.
Instead she's a "seer"
She is able to see and hear "Takers"
Sophie and Nell had this ability to see these creatures. And of course there is a crazy doctor trying to get their hands on them. Well the crazy doctor has a story too. His lover died by the hands of the "Takers"

Since Sophie and Nell are able to see these takers as well as a few others, The "crazy doctor" aka Mr. Keller wants to use them to get
Pam Pho
Jul 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Creepy, amazing writing, very literary feel. Real review closer to release date!
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*NOTE: This is Jess's review, as she is helping me get through my huge TBR pile*

If you didn’t know I LOVE scary stories. I am addicted to anything that is going to freak me out, scare me, and totally make me want to sleep with the lights on, so this one hit that out of the park!! The Murmurings is one book that I will not soon forget. It was totally creepy and had a few twists that I didn’t see coming. Sophie was such a great character and what she goes through is just mind boggling. This is one
Nov 26, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
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
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) 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
A.T. Twaddle
~ This story was creepy enough to make me jump in bed so whatever was laying in wait beneath it couldn't grab my feet! It was a good horror story with a good arc and interestingly imperfect characters~

I really enjoyed this break from my YA/Fantasy kick. This story was creepy and interesting throughout. I enjoyed Sophie's sarcasm, and self doubt. The picture painted by West was, what I assume would be, a painfully accurate description of the struggle of families after losing a loved one. Sophie's
Oct 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Stephen King, people who like frightening things
Recommended to hayden by: Goodreads (thank you!)
Shelves: 2014-favorites
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
Lisa Mcbroom
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Creepy asylum story of Sophie who can hear murmurings.... what does this mean?
Chelsea B.
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aside from the premise, there wasn’t much I liked about this book. The writing was just plain bad, whether it was the dialogue, the relationships, the pacing, info-dumping, etc. This was literally 370 pages of the main character running around making the dumbest decisions and lacking any and all common sense. I really had to force myself to read after a while because I was that bored and emotionally checked out from what was going on. It was disappointing because the synopsis had me expecting so ...more
I liked it. It was weird, and a little creepy. I did wish there was more to it in the end. Like the secret room, I was hoping for a dead body or something more exciting than some random papers. Or the fact that the way to get rid of the monster was so simple that no one figured it out before then? Overall though I love the story and the characters and their relationships they had with each other.
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very fast, and suspenseful, read; however, I do have some unanswered questions. I rate "The Murmuring" 4 stars, and would definitely read more Carly Anne West's books. ...more
Brittany S.
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
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
Kandice Dover
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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