The Whispers

The Whispers

The explosive new novel from the bestselling author of The Push


The captivating new novel from the author of the explosive Sunday Times bestseller, THE PUSH

Spellbinding, a shimmering, visceral ride through the dark side of family' LISA JEWELL

'I absolutely loved this book' MIRANDA COWLEY HELLER

'A beautifully observed exploration of what it means to be a woman' SARAH PEARSE

'Deeply thrilling and provocative . . a truly masterful novel' NITA PROSE

'Thought-provoking and gripping, this is worthy of all the praise coming its way' HEAT, Book of the Week


The whispers started long before the accident on Harlow Street . . .

Was it at the party, when Whitney screamed blue murder at her son?

Or after neighbour Blair started prowling Whitney's house, uninvited?

Or once Rebecca and Ben's childlessness finally puts a crack in their marriage?

But on the terrible night of the accident, the whispers grow louder, more insistent.

Neighbours gather round. Questions are asked. Secrets are spilled. And the gloss on everything begins to rub off. Everyone is drawn into the darkness.

Because there's no smoke without fire.

No friendship without envy.

And no lie that does not conceal a devastating truth . . .


The Whispers is a darkly psychological portrait of couples in crisis and families in free fall.

'A chilling psychodrama about motherhood and community' i PAPER

'You will devour this. A brilliant, honest read about families in crisis' Woman & Home

'Riveting... a fearless deep dive into the real internal lives of women. The Whispers is a brilliant, deeply affecting novel you won't soon forget' Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

'A masterwork: a page-turner, a searing emotional rollercoaster and a beautifully-written hymn to the pain, the love, the fury of motherhood . . . sensational' Rosie Walsh, bestselling author of The Man Who Didn't Call

Praise for THE PUSH:

'Set my nerves jangling in both horror and recognition' LISA JEWELL

'Gripping' GUARDIAN

'Sustains the suspense expertly' SUNDAY TIMES

'Keeps the reader hooked' GRAZIA

'Jet-black' ABIGAIL DEAN

'Provocative, compulsive' VOGUE

'Riveting, thought-provoking' DAILY MAIL

'Bold' HEAT


  • Thought-provoking and gripping, this is worthy of all the praise coming its way
    HEAT, Book of the Week

About the author

Ashley Audrain

ASHLEY AUDRAIN's debut novel THE PUSH is a New York Times, Sunday Times and #1 international bestseller, and a Good Morning America book club pick. It's been translated into 38 languages, and a limited television series is currently in development. Ashley previously worked as publicity director of Penguin Books Canada, and prior to that, worked in public relations. She lives in Toronto, where she and her partner are raising their two young children. THE WHISPERS is her second novel.
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