Gripping, moving and brilliantly creepy, this is an outstanding new psychological thriller.
Alex North was born in Leeds, where he now lives with his wife and son. He studied Philosophy at Leeds University, and prior to becoming a writer he worked there in their sociology department.
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 * Guardian, Best Crime & Thrillers of the Year *
Creepy. With the movie rights sold to Hollywood, Alfred Hitchcock would have loved every spine-tingling moment * Daily Mail *
The best crime novel of the decade
Alex North has achieved the seemingly impossible. The Whisper Man is a thriller that is both terrifying and utterly heartbreaking. Mesmerising and masterful.
First it's spooky. Then it's scary. Then it's terrifying. And then... well, dear reader, proceed at your own risk. An ambitious, deeply satisfying thriller - a seamless blend of Harlan Coben, Stephen King, and Thomas Harris. My flesh is still crawling
A police procedural with supernatural overtones, this is a true skin-crawler * Guardian, Best Summer Reads *
The Whisper Man is going to be huge. Dark enough to chill your blood but so beautifully written you will not be able to put it down. Utterly brilliant.
Beautifully written. Beautifully plotted. Shades of Thomas Harris and Stephen King but brilliant in its own right
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 * Sunday Mirror *
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 * Sunday Express *
A dark, creepy, thriller with a huge amount of heart. Damn, but Alex North can write!
Compelling, creepy and beautifully written, The Whisper Man will stay with you long after the last page is turned - and make you double-check all your doors and windows are locked at night
The Whisper Man is the most stunning thriller you will read this year, examining the relationships between fathers and sons, loss, betrayal, abduction and murder. It is a story that will unravel the reader as the plot itself unravels, leaving us winded, choking, gasping for air and wrung out, while disturbing, entertaining and enthralling us at the same time.
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 * Literary Review Crime Novels of the Year *
Beautifully crafted, heart-rending and spine-tinglingly chilling, the Whisper Man is a thrilling tour de force. Assured and compelling, I can't wait to see what Alex North does next
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 * Literary Review *
Alex North weaves a stunningly captivating narrative that's a nuanced and grounded exploration of father-son relationships. He strikes such a delicate balance that consistently elevates itself, he ultimately provides a master class in genre exploration. An incredible read
The Whisper Man is the most unsettling thriller I have read since Jo Nesbo's The Snowman. Much more than the sum of its parts, it is nightmarish and disturbing and, at the same time, a moving and life-affirming novel about fathers and sons, and grief, loss, and recovery
A novel about the dark places that are recognisably our own, The Whisper Man plays on our emotions as much as on our fears. A tremendous calling card for the brilliant Alex North.
Fantastic. He writes beautifully, with a powerful understanding of the effects of loss and damage on the human psyche and a style that sweeps you into its grip and never lets go. I'm totally sold on Alex North
A fine, chilling tale. Alex North paints a world that is so believable and at the same time utterly terrifying. The characters are beautifully rendered, and the tenderness of the central relationship between father and son deepened the sense of terror
Deliciously creepy and kept me up long after I'd turned the last page
Utterly absorbing and intense, so deliciously creepy I think I held my breath for half the book. I couldn't walk away from this affecting story until it was done with me. Loved it!
Gripping, disturbing, and creepy as hell - The Whisper Man deserves to be a huge hit. Absorbing writing, characters that will live with you long after finishing, and guaranteed to show up in a nightmare or three. Heartbreaking and unsettling in equal measure, it's destined to be the book that will readers won't be able to forget
Wonderfully dark, gently creepy and completely bloody heartbreaking. Alex North is a fantastic writer. The Whisper Man left me in pieces
A nerve-shredding emotional rollercoaster that'll keep you up late at night, whether you're still reading it or not. A compulsive read that's sure to give you nightmares
A phenomenal read. Terrifying and heartbreaking in equal measure and if it wasn't so hot I'd definitely be sleeping with the windows shut tonight! The Whisper Man will be the book everyone's talking about next summer, mark my words
A riveting page turner! Dark and unsettling, this one creeps under your skin
One of the best crime novels I've read in ages. Alex North has crafted a book that manages to be thrilling, terrifying and genuinely moving.
There's a soft voice outside your window and it demands your attention. The Whisper Man is coming. In fact, he's already here. Get ready to be unnerved. This novel is thrilling
The Whisper Man is a tour de force, utterly absorbing and brilliantly realised
The Whisper Man is a chilling, gripping read but also deeply moving. It's a novel that succeeds on all kinds of levels and deserves all the success that is no doubt coming it's way
No one does Dark with a Heart like Alex North and The Whisper Man delivers a sucker punch that stays with you. Beautifully crafted, chilling & emotional, this's going to be topping Books of the Year lists as soon as it's out
I read The Whisper Man in one go, barely remembering to breathe. North writes brilliantly about the cruelties of life, great and small, and the terrors that afflict young children (not to mention their parents). Tender, terrifying and utterly compelling, The Whisper Man will haunt you to the final page and beyond.
A creepy, serial killer-inflected thriller * i *
More than just superbly creepy, this beautifully written thriller might just break your heart a little, too * Heat *
With a tender theme about the complexity of father son relationships at its heart, this thriller is immaculately plotted, superbly written, and so good it deserves to be shouted about * The People *
A psychological thriller that's both terrifying and heartbreaking - you won't want to miss this one * Woman's Weekly *
[A] superb thriller... Readers will have a tough time putting down this truly unnerving tale, with its seemingly unexplainable elements and glimpses of broken and dangerous minds * Publishers Weekly *
Extraordinarily well-written, deeply moving . . . The stories are deftly marshalled and interwoven by North with a mastery that would be astonishing were he a debut novelist * Irish Times *
ALEX NORTH'S tightly plotted crime thriller presses all the right buttons for the genre * Press Association *
Summer Books of 2019 * Barry Forshaw, Financial Times *
This exceptionally creepy thriller is also a touching portrait of a bereaved father and son learning to depend on each other * Morning Star *
A debut that will disturb and intrigue in equal measure * Woman *
A debut novel set to disturb and intrigue. Truly chilling * Woman's Own *
As much an exploration of grief and of the father-son bond as it is a nerve-shredder, this is a good choice for Stephen King fans * Meath Chronicle *
Hollywood has snapped up this psychological thriller - and no wonder * Sun *
Standout thriller * Daily Express *
Deliciously dark and twisty, this is a page-turner from start to finish * Connaught Telegraph *
If you like a touch of Stephen King mixed with British crime, then this is for you . . . this is a spooky read, but also holds its own as a police procedural novel * People's Friend *
This flawless thriller will touch your heart and live long in your memory * Daily Express *
This flawless thriller lives long in the memory * Daily Mirror *