A RICHARD & JUDY PICK
SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR
'The best crime novel of the decade' Steve Cavanagh
'Both terrifying and utterly heartbreaking' Mark Billingham
'Superbly creepy . . . it might just break your heart a little, too' Heat
'A dark, creepy, thriller with a huge amount of heart' Stuart MacBride
'Beautifully crafted, heart-rending and spine-tinglingly chilling' Sarah Pinborough
'Shades of Thomas Harris and Stephen King but brilliant in its own right' C. J. Tudor
If you leave a door half-open, soon you'll hear the whispers spoken...
Fifteen years ago, a serial killer known only as 'The Whisper Man' wreaked havoc on the sleepy village of Featherbank.
But with the killer behind bars, the village is now a safe haven for Tom and his young son Jake to make a fresh start.
Until another boy goes missing. It feels like history is repeating itself.
Could the killer still be out there - and can Tom protect his son from becoming the next victim?
'A true skin-crawler' Guardian
'This flawlessly plotted thriller absolutely deserves to be shouted about' Sunday Mirror
A gripping exploration of father-son relationships with a propulsive plot, The Whisper Man is a true skin-crawler
A police procedural with supernatural overtones
Creepy. With the movie rights sold to Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock would have loved every spine-tingling moment
A police procedural with supernatural overtones, this is a true skin-crawler
An ultra-creepy tinge of the supernatural, blended with a petrifying threat from all-too-human monsters, conjures truly blood-chilling menace. Built on a tender theme, this flawlessly plotted thriller absolutely deserves to be shouted about
You might think you've read too many of these "next generation serial killer" novels but this is a very good example with strong characters and a palpable sense of sadness behind the scariness
A painful and moving novel. Ostensibly about the abduction and murder of children, it is also an exploration of fatherhood and its challenges and rewards
Ostensibly a suspense novel involving the abduction and murder of children, The Whisper Man is also a study of fatherhood. Alex North's writing is impeccable as he spins out his plot . . . At once painful and moving, this story feels both real and important
A creepy, serial killer-inflected thriller
More than just superbly creepy, this beautifully written thriller might just break your heart a little, too