**4.5-stars rounded up**
This is exactly how I like my police procedural/investigative thrillers. Well done, Alex North!
After the sudden death of his wife, Tom Kennedy thinks a fresh start is just what he and Jake, his young son, need.
They move into a house in the small town of Featherbank. A town with a sordid past.
20-years ago a serial killer abducted and killed 5 residents. He was captured, tried for his crimes and imprisoned.
The killer’s name was Frank Carter, but he was known to the world as The Whisper Man, as he lured children out of their homes by whispering at their windows.
The Whisper Man has become a bit of a legend in the small town and even decades later seems fresh in the minds of many.
When a boy in Jake’s class gets abducted, the similarities to the Whisper Man crimes, cause many to wonder if he had an accomplice all those years ago, or if there is a clever copy cat in town.
This story follows the perspectives of Tom and Jake, two detectives working the case, and even into the mind of the killer.
I loved the atmosphere of this one. It felt gritty and heavy. Any scene with Jake in it, your classic creepy kid, left me entirely unsettled.
The action was high-intensity and I felt the investigatory portions were well done.
I will admit, I was a little nervous going into this one because I had heard mixed reviews. I was pleasantly surprised and will definitely read more books by this author.
Thank you so much to the publisher, Celadon Books, for providing me with a copy to read and review. My apologies for taking so long. It was definitely worth the wait!