#BOOKREVIEW #NEWRELEASE The Whispers by Heidi Perks #THEWHISPERS @penguinrandomhouse @Rachel90Kennedy

Huge thanks to Rachel Kennedy at Penguin Random House for my proof copy of Heidi Perk’s new novel THE WHISPERS. Having enjoyed Heidi’s books before I couldn’t wait to read this new release.

SYNOPSIS

A MISSING WIFE. FOUR FRIENDS. WHO IS TELLING THE TRUTH?

Anna Robinson hasn’t been seen since she went on a night out with her four closest friends.
She has a loving husband and a son she adores. Surely she wouldn’t abandon them and her perfect life. . .

But what has happened to her?

At the school gates, it’s not long before the rumours start. Anna’s oldest friend Grace is beside herself with worry – desperately searching for answers, and certain that someone is hiding the truth.

With each day that passes, Anna’s life is under increasing threat. And a the pressure mounts, it won’t be long before something cracks. . .

MY THOUGHTS

As with Come Back For Me, the author grabs your attention with a great opening, the discovery of a body, OK! But what follows is a slow burning psychological thriller and an insightful look at female friendship, ‘school gate politics’ and loyalty.

On returning home to Clearwater after 20 years, Grace alone with her daughter, as her husband works away, is keen to rekindle her friendship with her old best friend Anna, but Anna has moved on and her new set of friends aren’t willing to share. One night, after a Christmas get-together, Anna goes missing, yet no-one seems to want to involve the police……. so Grace sets out to find some answers. Right from the start something within the friendship group feels ‘off’ and reading chapters from Anna’s visits to a therapist, 3 months earlier, the mystery thickens and provides a wonderful slow burning build of tension.

The story is told from the perspectives of the 2 main characters but each of them give us a different view or take on past events, therefore only slowly revealing a true picture for the reader to understand which then is only completed in the third and final part of the story. A bit like the quiz show Catchphrase. Don’t know why that just popped into my head, but you know what I mean…right? 🙂

This build of tension and the author’s way of slowly giving us more and more information had my trust in Anna and Grace flipping one way to the next, to then not knowing who to believe at all! Plus what of Anna’s friends? None of them I particularly liked – are they involved some how?

As Grace’s obsession , and it really does become an obsession, over Anna grows, we come to the final part and the unexpected and unpredictable ending that was……. well you can find out if you read it!

A novel that isn’t just a phycological thriller but a story of intense friendship and how different people remember the past.

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