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The Whispering Dead

(Gravekeeper #1)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  730 ratings  ·  147 reviews
USA Today bestseller and rising queen of atmospheric horror Darcy Coates returns with a ghost story that will haunt you long after the final page. She hears them whispering...

Homeless, hunted, and desperate to escape a bitter storm, Keira takes refuge in an abandoned groundskeeper's cottage. Her new home is tucked away at the edge of a cemetery, surrounded on all sides
Kindle Edition, 234 pages
Published May 4th 2021 by Black Owl Books
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Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
I didn't realize this was the start of a new series. ::sigh::

This had so many plot holes and unanswered questions. It was frustrating as heck to read. Beyond that, it just wasn't a terribly interesting story, especially since it's left so wide open. I will say that I enjoyed Zoe's over-the-top persona, and Daisy the Cat was certainly a stand-out; actually, now that I think about it, all the characters were pretty decent. The whole town of Blighty is quirky and full of secrets. I can definite
Apr 11, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The Whispering Dead is the first book in a brand new series, Gravekeeper.

Keira is running, she just doesn't know who or what she's running from. Her escape leads her to an abandoned groundskeepers cottage, tucked away at the edge of a cemetery. It's here Keira discovers she can communicate with ghosts.

I loved the small town setting and found it to be quite charming. It's full of secrets and interesting characters. One in particular had a very short introduction that I hope we see more of in th
Oh, I struggled with my rating on this one. Literally, my head was like: 3? 4? 3? 4? Maybe 4? No, 3.

See, it’s a very entertaining and easy breezy read. It’s kind of Horror-Lite. It’s got its spooky bits that do give a bit of a chill. Light gruesomeness, but not too much. Lots of buddy-humor. Remarkably light and leaves you smiling.

On a scale of Shirley Jackson to Edward Lee, it’s…R.L. Stine.

And I *almost* gave it four stars for sheer entertainment value and the fact that I do want to read the n
Jun 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good ghost story!If you are interested in a plot like this, I highly recommend this book!
Keira wakes up in a forest clearing. She knows she's being hunted, but doesn't know who it is. Keira remembers nothing about her life except for her name. A pastor gives her refuge and let's her stay in an old cottage.
Keira's cottage is right next to a graveyard and she starts seeing ghosts. One in particular is begging for her help. Keira makes a few friends in town and they all embark on a ques
May 17, 2021 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars.

The Whispering Dead, by Darcy Coates was a book I found well written, and easy to read.
The problem?

I just didn't find it "scary" in any way. Unsettling in parts, but never the kind of creepy ghost story that I love.

There was one main issue (no spoilers), which is a "troupe" I never liked that comes into play. That is probably why my overall enjoyment wasn't as much as I had hoped for.

Still, a solid read with interesting characters.
Alice 🌙
4/5 ⭐️
This was so creepy!!!
I actually had a theory right off the bat but that definitely didn’t come to be true, but I still enjoyed this. I loved the atmosphere and the ghosts and graveyard.
Nikki Stickney
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Whispering Dead is the first book in a new series called Gravekeeper.

This book starts out with our main character, Keira, waking up in pouring rain somewhere in the woods with no memory of how or why she is there. She is injured and running from men with guns who are chasing her. She stumbles upon the home of a pastor who takes her in. He lets her stay in the groundskeeeper's cottage, located in the nearby cemetery. During her stay in the cottage, she realizes that she can see the ghosts of
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Poisoned Pen Press, Darcy Coates and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review*

The Whispering Dead is the first book in a new series called Gravekeeper. The second book in the series comes out in May 2022.

Darcy Coates is the queen of clean but frightening ghost stories. I have read many of her books and this one does not disappoint. Kiera, the principal character, wakes up in the woods with no idea who she is or how she got there. She is bruised and bloody and there are
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Whispering Dead is the first book in Darcy Coates new Gravekeeper series (book 2—The Ravenous Dead—is due for release in May 2022). The book has all the earmarks for a proper series. First, we have a gothic heroine in Keira: an amnesiac in peril who is endowed with a supernatural gift. Second, there is the mystery that surrounds her: who is she, why are there armed men after her, and why did she appear in Blighty of all places? Third, she makes friends quickly with the village outcasts: ecce ...more
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
“There’s something evil here. Something evil…something evil…something evil…”

“That’s the problem with having a mystery past life—you don’t know what you might be guilty of.”

“It couldn’t have been a ghost, could it? The only spirits I’ve seen are inaudible and intangible…”

I always enjoy a Darcy Coates’ book. This one was a bit of a departure for her (apparently she had written it years ago), but there is also a familiarity too. Interesting main heroine? Check. Creepy ghosts? Check. Mystery? Check.
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story definitely wasn't the spooky tale I thought it would be. I mean, a cottage in a haunted cemetery? Sounds scary. Like read it in the dark kinda scary. It wasn't. I really liked the plot, though and that Keira got to help, even if it was too late to really help any of them since they were dead. At least they got their closure. It did leave me with the feeling of, Oh, poor little baby. What a way to die.
However, it was a fun story in a quirky town with unique characters.
Keira was spunk
Jun 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was so good!! The story was super interesting and I really enjoyed the characters. I hate that I don’t have the sequels yet because so many questions were left unanswered! I can’t wait to find them out!
May 24, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-kindle
This just wasn't my cup of tea.
The good were so just so so so good. And the bad guys were just short of mustache twirling, cackling meanies. I wish I'd liked it more.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first I kept getting distracted as if the book wasn't able to hold my attention but eventually it grew on me. There's no other way to describe it, it grew on me - the characters, the ghosts, the mystery. I'll admit it is a little Scooby-Dooish, but I embrace the campy. I am looking forward to the Gravekeeper #2. Thanks Nicole for the book suggestion! ...more
Kathleen Minde
The Whispering Dead starts out strong with a young woman waking up in a forest at night, with almost complete memory loss. The sound of rifle shots and men's voices lead her to believe she is being hunted. The kindness of stranger saves her, and he shelters her for the night in an empty groundskeeper's cabin on the edge of a cemetery. Alone in the cabin, she sees the ghost of a young woman who appears to be bleeding from her head standing outside her window. By morning the only clues she has con ...more
Jun 10, 2021 rated it liked it
This just didn't have the same pizzazz as Darcy's other books do for me. I really enjoy her work (it hits the spot when I need a fun/entertaining haunt read) but this one felt a little flat. While there was a ghost, I feel like a lot of other pieces of the story took the main focus. Also, there were a few important unanswered plot pieces. ...more
May 28, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2021
Great story, I really enjoyed Zoe
Sandy Lewis
Rounded to 3.5 stars. It’s an ok story but predictable. There is a mystery that’s is somewhat of a cliffhanger. Recommended for lovers of Ghost Stories and mysteries.
Jun 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. Good story. The only part I didn’t like was you don’t ever find out why Keira was being chased by those men in the beginning of the book.
Jun 08, 2021 rated it did not like it
The best thing about this book was that it was blessedly short. The end.
Ruth Santiago
Jun 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is my favorite one by this author. I can't wait for the next installment ...more
Heather Miller
May 03, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
I have yet to read a Darcy Coates novel that I didn't like. She's sort of become the queen of the modern atmospheric Gothic novel.

This story was a little different. Oh, it's full of creepy misty woods and graveyards, ghosts and all. But in addition to ghosty goodness, it has a mystery or two and a bit of a thriller element at the same time.

Main character Keira finds herself in the woods in the middle of a storm, cold, hurt, scared, being chased...and with absolutely no idea who she is (other th
I've been waiting to read The Whispering Dead since it was announced in the fall. My excitement grew when I started getting emails from the Darcy Coates mailing list about this exciting book she had kept a secret from her readers. I was intrigued for sure. Just a few pages in and I was already feeling disappointed but remained hopeful. I suppose this happens with all authors, but The Whispering Dead is the first Darcy Coates book I have not enjoyed. In fact, I downright disliked The Whispering D ...more
Originally published on the book blog Creature From the Book Lagoon.

It is no secret how much I adore this author. She has not let me down so far. I was extremely excited when this book came out because it would be the first time catching one of her series from the beginning. The Whispering Dead had everything I had hoped for.

First we have plenty of mysteries to figure out. Who is Keira? Why is someone hunting her? Who are they? Why can Keira do the things she can do? So many delightful question
Apr 29, 2021 added it
I have been anxiously awaiting this book from Darcy Coates since I read in her newsletter that it was being released.

Keira awakes in the forest being pursued by men with guns. She is unsure of why she is being chased and of who she is. All she knows is that she needs to run to get away from the men who wish to harm her. She finally sees a building and makes her way toward it. She knocks on the door and Pastor Adage invites her in and hides her from one of the men who comes searching for her.

Jun 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Another fantastic book by Darcy Coates, love her style of storytelling the gothic vibes she weaves in her stories are absolutely brilliant and this book is no different. Keira wakes up in the woods being hunted she can only remember her name nothing else, during a stormy night she seeks shelter with a pastor in a cemetery who helps hide her from the man chasing her with a gun. Adage helps her by letting her stay at the grave keepers cottage. She gradually gets used to the town of Blighty and it’ ...more
Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
If someone were to go into this book not realizing it is going to be a series, I would understand the disappointment. Knowing it is the first in a series though, I thought this book was a wonderful read with characters that I can't wait to spend more time with in the future.

There is an underlying mystery in the book revolving around Keira, a young woman who wakes up in the woods with an extreme case of amnesia and who is being chased by unknown men. This mystery is sure to be an ongoing one in
Nassima Ferhaten
Jun 02, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-fiction
4.5 star

Keira, the protagonist of the novel, finds herself lying in a graveyard and a stranger is chasing after her. She has no memory of how she got into a graveyard and why someone is out to get her. Yet, she runs for her life and knocks on the very first door she sees.

The novel is very promising and is quite different from other Darcy Coates books which usually evolve around haunted houses. Keira is a very mysterious character as she has no memory of who she used to be ,thus, readers grow ve
Kelly Reitmeier
Mar 16, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Poison Pen Press for this advanced reader copy to review.

The Whispering Dead is part of a new up and coming series by Darcy Coates. Keeping that in mind, this book does wind up with loose ends that are not tied up as, from what I gather these books tie into one another. I’ve read a few series like this and you either love them or are unsettled by the lack of resolution in each book.

This novel is labelled as horror/fiction but it reads more as young adult/horror-lite. It has a cree
Jody Blanchette
Keira is on the run, desperate and drenched from the storm when she finds the church in the woods. The kind preacher offers her food and a place to stay, in the grounds keeper's cottage by the cemetery. Finally given a chance to breath, Keira settles in. Peace doesn't last long.
Spirits are whispering to her from their graves, just outside her window. One spirit is speaking to her the loudest, begging for help. Keira knows the spirit won't rest until she figures out why she hasn't passed on. Wha
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Darcy is the USA Today Bestselling author of Hunted, The Haunting of Ashburn House, Craven Manor, and more than a dozen horror and suspense titles.

She lives on the Central Coast of Australia with her family, cats, and a garden full of herbs and vegetables.

Darcy loves forests, especially old-growth forests where the trees dwarf anyone who steps between them. Wherever she lives, she tries to have a

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