Five words from the blurb: missing, girls, arms, police, secrets.
I hadn’t heard of this book, but spotted it in my library and was sold by the bold lettering on the cover proclaiming it to be:
The Italian Literary Thriller Phenomenon
The blurb informed me that it had won lots of Italian book awards and was a record-breaking bestseller in Europe and so I decided to give it a try.
The plot revolves around the discovery of a circle of arms buried in a forest. The bodies of the girls that they belonged to can not be found and so the hunt for their serial killer begins.
I initially loved this book. The writing style reminded me of Sophie Hannah and I was totally gripped to the horror that was unfolding.
Unfortunately things began to unravel as the plot progressed. I began to feel patronised by the way the book repeated things and over-explained every situation. It was definitely a case of being told what was happening, rather than shown.
There were several sections where I had to suspend my disbelief. I don’t mind this to some extent in a thriller, but the plot in this book stretched my tolerance threshold to the limit.
I guess my main problem with this book is the marketing. The Whisperer isn’t a literary thriller. It is a good thriller, but it doesn’t have the depth I’d expect from a book marketed with the word “literary”. I can see why thousands of people would enjoy flicking through this on the beach, but I was frustrated by the two-dimensional characters and the increasingly bizarre plot twists.
Recommended to those who enjoy fast paced thrillers that focus on plot rather than character.