Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Review: The Whispers: A Whispers Story by Lisa Unger

Title: The Whispers: A Whispers Story  
Author: Lisa Unger     
Series: The Whispers, #1      
Published: October 2014, Simon & Schuster  
Format: ARC e-book, 66 pages    
Source: Netgalley  

Eloise Montgomery discovers her amazing gift in the wake of tragedy in this first of three captivating stories that make up an e-novella from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.

It's a day like any other for Eloise Montgomery--until tragedy strikes. While she is recovering from a horrible accident that takes the lives of her husband and oldest daughter, and as she works to help her younger daughter move forward, Eloise experiences her first psychic vision. Though she struggles to understand her newfound gifts, Eloise finds a way use them to save lost women and girls--for whom her help may be the only way out…

My thoughts: I am a huge fan of Lisa Unger's books. She writes amazing psychological thrillers that leave you desperate for more! This is the first of a three-series novella trilogy and what's interesting is that it is sort of a prequel to one of her earlier works, Fragile, which was the very first book I read by her.

The Whispers introduces us to Eloise Montgomery who plays a critical role in both Fragile and Darkness, My Old Friend (both of which are excellent!!!). I enjoyed getting to know more about Eloise and how she came to have her "gift." We get a little background on Eloise prior to her having the gift and the event that led to her having it. This gift allows her to hear "whispers" or psychic visions of girls who need help.

I readily admit that I am not a huge fan of the whole paranormal genre, but for some reason, the little bit of paranormal that's used here just works. Having it coupled as a means of dealing with a major loss makes it that much more acceptable to me. After all, people have many different coping mechanisms to tragedies. And, Eloise herself is quite suspicious of this gift, so she's not willing to capitalize on it.

I am looking forward to continuing with this trilogy and getting to know more about Eloise and her gift. My only complaint so far is that these novellas are so short - you no sooner get into them and you are at the end. It's a very fast-paced story that you will absolutely read in one sitting!

Books in this series:
  1. The Whispers
  2. The Burning Girl - due out Nov 25, 2014
  3. The Three Sisters - due out Jan 5, 2015


  1. I really loved this first novella, so I raced straight into the second and was a tad disappointed. Look forward to hearing what you think of it. (Maybe it was just me!)

    Oh and I hadn't known / realised Eloise featured in other novels, but it makes more sense now!

  2. This sounds like an interesting read. I'm not a huge paranormal fan though I've been enjoying them more and more. I find that I do enjoy them more if the world is basically normal with just a dash of paranormal. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Sounds really good. I am not that into the paranormal but a little doesn't hurt and then there are other paranormals that I tolerate even though not my preferred reading. This sounds just a mild touch.

  4. An author I haven't read. Thanks for the review.


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