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First Impressions Friday: THE WHISPERER

Here’s the lo-down, based on this sampling of your current read, give a few impressions and predict what you’ll think by the end. Then, link back to Joe at, Storeys of Stories!

It’s been a while since I did one of these, especially with the holidays. And, after reading two books quickly, back to back, I probably wasn’t in the mood yesterday for another. I picked up and started, then put aside, two very different books. But then, yesterday evening, I picked up The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi and, that was that. I got sucked in.

“Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls’ bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found.

Lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, dive into the case. They’re confident they’ve got the right suspect in their sights until they discover no link between him and any of the kidnappings except the first. The evidence in the case of the second missing child points in a vastly different direction, creating more questions than it answers.”

This is a slow, methodical read that requires a bit more concentration than most novels, because there is a lot of thoughtful exposition going on. And while the author tries not to make it all feel like an info dump, it does make for slow going.

The characters too are a bit on the ‘odd’ side. But not necessarily in a bad way, just different. This again means paying a little more attention to what’s being said, or I should say, thought. The story itself is all about tracking down a heinous serial killer who’s dismembered—so far—six young girls. Slow, sombre, and unpleasantly creepy, as we know—so far—very little about who the ‘monster‘ is.

I think this macabre story is going to take the weekend to finish, so look out for my review, next week. I’m predicting, based on what I’ve read so far, that this one will be around a 7.


  1. WOW that first line alone! This one sounds intense! I’ll look forward to your review 🙂

    • Alexandra says

      Yeah, that’s such a great hook, right? That’s why it went on my Christmas list … but you’ll have to wait till Monday for my review! 😉

  2. Slow methodical reads sometimes can work for me, but quite often unfortunately don’t. I get distracted quite easily. It sounds like there’s enough mystery for it to be enjoyable though, so crossing my fingers you enjoy it over the weekend and looking forward to reading your review of it next week.
    Happy reading. 🙂

    • Alexandra says

      I don’t mind slow paced novels if there’s a pay off, especially in the build up to the ending, but, so far … what? Oh, like I said to Christina, I should have a full review up by Monday! 😀

  3. Eeeeep! Plenty of gor in your first scene Alexandra! Talk about making a “first impression” LOL I am curious to read your review about this one 😉

    • Alexandra says

      At least with this one, Sophie, we don’t see the killer do anything. Just the after effects. But still!

  4. Well, this is a pretty good opening! I do love oddball characters too, so i’m saving this on my list 😀

    • Alexandra says

      Ah, well now, you might want to hold off until you’ve read my full review, Norrie. All is not well in Italy!

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