The Whisper Man: A Novel

Front Cover
Celadon Books, Aug 20, 2019 - Fiction - 368 pages


"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

Entertainment Weekly

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...


What people are saying - Write a review

The Whisper Man

User Review  - Publishers Weekly

In the pseudonymous North’s superb thriller, a police procedural with supernatural overtones, Det. Insp. Amanda Beck heads the search for six-year-old Neil Spencer, who has gone missing from the ... Read full review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

I finished this book almost 12 hours ago and it still has me reeling. The Whisper Man might be my creepiest read of the summer. A copycat child serial killer is on the loose. When trying to question the original Whisper Man, he speaks in code. A haunted boy hears whispers in the night after a new child has been abducted. His father, still recovering from his young wife’s death, finds it hard to reach his son. A detective is haunted by the Whisper Man’s last kill, a boy who’s remains have been missing for 20 years. I’m a self proclaimed scream queen and I’ll tell you, I had trouble reading this book in bed in the dark. The impending doom doesn’t leave you until the very last words. Lock your doors, pull the shades, and ignore any whispers you hear at night.  

Selected pages

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2019)

Alex North was born in Leeds, England, where he now lives with his wife and son. The Whisper Man was inspired by North's own little boy, who mentioned one day that he was playing with "the boy in the floor." Alex North is a British crime writer who has previously published under another name.

Bibliographic information