Tag: crime

The Whisper Man

Author: Alex North
Published: August 20, 2019
368 Pages

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: August 5-14, 2019
Jessica’s Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

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…

Jessica’s Review:

Did I just read the same book as all the others who have reviewed this one so far?  The Whisper Man has been listed as “The Most Anticipated Read of Fall 2019”.  Well, not so much for me as I am in the minority in my opinion of this novel. 

I was expecting something along the lines of the movie The Mothman Prophecies.  We have so many ideas of the boogey man (IE Slender Man) and then you add a serial killer of children who may or may not be ‘back’ 20 years later it sounds like a book that I would not want to put down, yet it was the total opposite. I was not attached to the characters and honestly did not really care what happened.  I kept hoping there was going to be something that would click and pull me in.  There were a couple of instances where that almost happened but the book just did not work for me.  The only time where I was a little ‘freaked out’ was when the whisper man jingle was said and I heard it in the voice of the card that came along with my arc copy of the book.

The idea of this serial killer is frightening: a killer whispering in kids windows.  The boogey man really does exist! It was just predictable as you knew what was going to happen with the main character.  There is also a twist involving one of the police detectives and his past that was so extreme that it did not work for me. And if this had been ‘real life’ he would have had to recuse himself from the case. But did he???? No, and look at what happened.

Though The Whisper Man was not for me, if you like serial killer novels and/ or thrillers it may be for you as most reviews are glowing.

 Many thanks to the publisher Celadon Press for sending me an arc copy to review. I wish my review had been a positive one.

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Life After Death

Title: Life After Death: An American Family Book Two
Author:
Jackson Baer

Narrator: Dan Carroll
Published:  November 5, 2018
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Read: December 15-19, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 3 stars

Book Description:

The Childs family faced the unthinkable… now they have a second chance.
The Childs family has endured a terrible tragedy, but the FBI’s shocking discovery has turned their lives upside down.

His kids have all moved on from the death of their mother, as has Isaac from the loss of his wife, but now that the FBI has finally solved the case, the Childs family must face the loss of Ramie all over again.

Each has their own relationships and their own lives, but all are upended due to unforeseen circumstances. As they maneuver these new lives, they must deal with love, heartache, and jealousy as a family, and the choices they face will not be easy.

Their decisions bring out the best in some… and the worst in others.

Jessica’s Review:

Life After Death is the second and final book in An American Family series that follows the Childs family. I reviewed An American Family here Life After Death picks up shortly after An American Family ends. I would recommend having both books to read sequentially, as An American Family ends a bit abruptly and I was ready for more story with the Childs’ family.

Life After Death deals with Isaac again and also more with his kids Olivia and Carter.  As mentioned previously, all of these characters have many flaws and they have to deal with the aftermath of a terrible situation.   If they had been perfect before, they would have been far from it after the fact! 

This is a series where you cannot say much in the review without giving spoilers away, but it is just an average read for me.  Yes, every family has some kind of tragedy, but for the Childs family the tragedies kept coming and became more extreme: This makes it less believable and also predictable as it became a “yep, this is going to happen next” kind of read for me.

Though predictable, I did enjoy the read. The psychology of the family experiences and how they coped kept me intrigued.

The narrator, Dan Carroll’s voice sounded similar to John Goodman to me.

Many thanks to the author Jackson Baer who sent an audible copy in exchange for a review.

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The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian

Author: Chris Bohjalian
Published: March 13, 2018
Audiobook

Reviewed By: Jessica
Dates Listened To: September 10-23, 2018
Jessica’s Rating: 4 stars

Book Description:

Cassandra Bowden is no stranger to hungover mornings. She’s a binge drinker, her job with the airline making it easy to find adventure, and the occasional blackouts seem to be inevitable. She lives with them, and the accompanying self-loathing. When she awakes in a Dubai hotel room, she tries to piece the previous night back together, already counting the minutes until she has to catch her crew shuttle to the airport. She quietly slides out of bed, careful not to aggravate her already pounding head, and looks at the man she spent the night with. She sees his dark hair. His utter stillness. And blood, a slick, still wet pool on the crisp white sheets. Afraid to call the police—she’s a single woman alone in a hotel room far from home—Cassie begins to lie. She lies as she joins the other flight attendants and pilots in the van. She lies on the way to Paris as she works the first class cabin. She lies to the FBI agents in New York who meet her at the gate. Soon it’s too late to come clean—or face the truth about what really happened back in Dubai. Could she have killed him? If not, who did?

Jessica’s Review:

The Flight Attendant was the first book I have read by Chris Bohjalian and it will not be my last!  It genuinely surprised me how much I enjoyed it as Cassandra (Cassie) is not likeable at all!  She is very much the unreliable narrator who finds herself in a unique situation in a country that is oppressive to women: She wakes up and the man lying next to her is dead and she has no idea what happened! 

Cassie is unlikeable for several reasons: she is a very promiscuous alcoholic who often blacks out.  She really lives up the flight attendant lifestyle! 

Unreliable narrator stories are hit or miss for me, but The Flight Attendant was a hit!  I was drawn into the story from the beginning and never lost my interest in it.  We also have multiple narrators, and you know those are some of my favorite kinds of novels!  Despite not liking her, I really wanted to know what was going to happen to Cassie!  There was even a moment that happened that I was not expecting and my mouth dropped as I was listening to the novel while I was washing dishes.  Then we had the Epilogue, which was a great ending!  I will be reading Chris Bohjalian again! 

The Flight Attendant is recommended.

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