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.