We all dream of escaping the rat race, don't we? Most of us never do, I know I won't, but that's because I've read too many books like this. I know what's out there, I know that those nice secluded villages, and nice dream homes in the country will in most cases be a haven for some supernatural shenanigans. So when Steve and Melody purchase the house of their dreams, which just happens to be in the middle of a forest, you just know that things are not going to turn out well for the couple.
These sort of stories are a horror staple so for this sort of story to stand out from the crowd it really has to offer the reader something special.
Where Whisper strength lies is in Michaels Bray's ability to create a tense, brooding and well written story, that ticks all the boxes for a great supernatural story . Ancient curses, haunted house and cast of great characters all come together in this extremely satisfying novel.
I particularly liked how the mounting tension of the story's main narrative thread was mirrored by the mounting tension in Steve and Melody's relationship. As things unfold and they both encounter the dark underbelly of Oakwell Forest, they start to keep things from each other. By doing this Bray adds an extra layer of tension to the story, the dark secrets have infiltrated all layers of this story.
In many novels flashback sequences are over used and sometimes they make the narrative a little confusing, while at the same time robbing the story of all tension. Thankfully Bray uses these flashback sequences perfectly as a means to divulge the true nature of Oakwell and it's curse.
This is a strong and confidently written novel, that showcases a relatively new author who has already discovered his own voice. When the Whispers start you will by hypnotized by this novel of terror.
Michael Bray is a Horror author based in Leeds, England. Influenced from an early age by the suspense horror of authors such as Stephen King, and the trashy pulp TV shows like Tales From The Crypt & The Twilight Zone, he started to work on his own fiction, and spent many years developing his style. In May 2012, he signed a deal with the highly reputable Dark Hall Press to print and distribute his collection of interlinked short stories titled Dark Corners, which was released in September 2012. His second release was a Novella titled MEAT ,which was quickly followed by his first full length novel, a supernatural horror titled Whisper was also initially self-published, and following great critical acclaim, was sold to Horrific Tales publishing - his first Advance paying sale.
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