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The Whisper Man by Alex North
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Four and 1/2 stars. While in college I remember reading the hardback for a thriller that scared the hell out of me, that featured a woman’s hand seemingly releasing a death head moth on the cover. A few years later that book was turned into an Oscar winning feature that made Hannibal Lecter a household name. This book, which was optioned before publication by the Russo brothers could do the same thing if adapted, cast and filmed right.
It plays upon some familiar thriller tropes here including a serial killer in jail and what looks like either an accomplice or copy cat beginning the same horrible crimes again. There’s also the haunted detective who never completely saved every victim and one still missing years later, and a widower and his eccentric son who sees people no one else can. However in North’s hands it all plays out with both great suspense, and also great heart. Children in peril can come off manipulative in the best of stories, but the author straddles the line with precision and restraint. Shifting narratives move from first to third person which allows for some unseen twists later in the story leading to a satisfying conclusion which can’t always be said for this genre. One of the better I’ve read in some time.
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Reading Progress

September 20, 2019 – Started Reading
September 20, 2019 – Shelved
October 3, 2019 –
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October 10, 2019 – Finished Reading

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