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The Whispers by Heidi Perks | Book Review

I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Whispers by Heidi Perks
Published by Cornerstone Digital on March 18, 2021
ISBN: 9781473572232
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers, Crime, Suspense, Mystery & Detective, General
Pages: 400
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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five stars - The Whispers by Heidi Perks | Book Review

Anna Robinson hasn't been seen since she went on a night out with her four closest friends.She has a loving husband and a son she adores. Surely she wouldn't abandon them and her perfect life. . .
But what has happened to her?
At the school gates, it's not long before the rumours start. Anna's oldest friend Grace is beside herself with worry - desperately searching for answers, and certain that someone is hiding the truth.
With each day that passes, Anna's life is under increasing threat. And a the pressure mounts, it won't be long before something cracks. . .
'Heidi Perks' new novel takes 'sinisterness at the school gates' to a scary new level. You'll be watching your step' JANE CORRY'The Whispers is a twisty, gripping page-turner, which explores the toxic underside of female friendships. It is a heart-thumping thriller that kept me up late into the night' LUCY CLARKE_________________________
'Slick, gripping and compelling. I couldn't put it down.' LISA JEWELL'A highly addictive and thrilling read' HEAT
'Simmering tensions and double crossings will have you racing to the dramatic finale' SUNDAY MIRROR
'A gripping thriller' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING'Terrifically suspenseful and intriguing' LIZ NUGENT
Readers love Heidi's thrillers:'This is a read not to be missed!!!''Family secrets, mystery and intrigue. This is the perfect book that won't disappoint''This is one of those books that you start to read and right from the outset it becomes completely addictive.''You find yourself unable to trust anyone!''A surprising plot and lots of twists with interesting characters. I loved the writing style and the setting of the story''Easily the best thriller I've read in a long time''Lots of twists and turns, guaranteed page-turner that keeps you guessing until the end''The ending took me by surprise''Couldn't put this one down - just one more chapter became something of a mantra!''I loved the book and the fact it kept me guessing till the end'

Whispers is a poignant but brutal slashing to chest kind of read.  A tale of manipulation, jealousy and control.  In order to fully fall for a book, you to need to find something that really speaks to you.  A book that draws out connections, a book that aches to be heard.  It’s a book that knows how you as a reader, ticks.  The ease and rawness that flows from out with the pages is like liquid gold – rare and stunning.  Whispers has an addictive pull that ties you down and won’t let go until the last sentence has seeped into your pores…chores be damned!

This story excels in taking you hostage, holding you to ransom and reluctantly letting you go when it thinks you finally understand the complexity of what its telling you.

Struggling against the story that Whispers NEEDS to tell you is a futile struggle.  A history never forgotten.  A case of out of sight out of mind.  Obsession and control.  Trauma.  An unreliable narrator. A death.  Deceit and all the heart break you can muster.  I won’t lie that I felt dragged through a hedge backwards by the end, the story wrought emotions in me that felt long dormant, I was fully invested and fully compelled to keep reading.

Heidi Perks is an incredible writer.  It took no time at all and I was gladly ripping my own heart out of my chest, take it, I no longer have a need of it…dramatic but that’s how she made me feel.  The book seems to have the secret formula to dissecting relationships.  Perk’s narrative leaves you searching for the missing pieces of your heart for the entirety of the novel.  Misdirection at every turn, whispers is a novel that leave a shadow upon the soul. 

Grace Goodwin has left Australia to return to her hometown of Clearwater near Weymouth, Dorset with her daughter Matilda.  Her husband, Graham works overseas in Singapore.  Her best friend, Anna Robinson still lives in Clearwater and she hopes to pick up where they left off when she left as a teen.  Not all is as it seems however, when after the initial excitement of her friend, Grace being back it turns sour.  She has a new group of friends, Nancy, Rachel and Caitlyn.  They aren’t exactly keen on Grace or how she likes to display her love and friendship. 

Whispers is the first book I have read Heidi Perks but if the others are as outstanding as this, I expect more of the same.  Her characterization tells a tale of broken psyches with a story to tell with deep and dark histories.  I constantly had a feeling of a creeping shadow of desolation running through out the story, it had me hook, line and sinker. 

Whispers is the perfect cadence of a highly addictive plot.  It unseats you.  Staggeringly brilliant.  A riveting tale that likes to rip up the rule book.


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I’ve always loved reading and writing and for as long as I can remember I’ve been making up stories, poems and even magazines that I’d sell to unsuspecting family members for 20p. I fell in love with Enid Blyton and books like The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and somehow managed to get through GCSE’s and A-levels while spending most of the lessons staring out of the window and creating other worlds in my head.  

In 1997 I graduated from university and moved up to London to begin a career in marketing. But after three years I moved back down to the south coast and, drawn back to the sea, eventually to my home town of Bournemouth where I still now live with my husband and two children.

After fifteen years of marketing and thrown into the new world of motherhood I decided to make some changes to my life. I left my job in 2012 to look after my family and finally took pen to paper to start writing a novel I’d been thinking about since a holiday six months earlier.

The following year I was accepted onto the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative online Novel Writing Course, which fuelled my desire to become an author even more, and I began writing Beneath The Surface. This was published by Red Door in March 2016. 

By then I was already deep in the throes of Now You See Her. I met the amazing Nelle Andrew from PFD who offered me representation and after a year we had two incredible pre-empts for the book from Emily Griffin at Century and Marla Daniels at Simon and Schuster in the US.

I am now writing my next book, which will be released in the UK in July 2019.


five stars - The Whispers by Heidi Perks | Book Review

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