The Whisperer

The Whisperer

Book - 2011
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A gripping literary thriller and smash bestseller that has taken Italy, France, Germany and the UK by storm.

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.

Obsessed with a case that becomes more tangled and intense as they unravel the layers of evil, lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, find that their lives are increasingly in each other's hands. As sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels, THE WHISPERER is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent thriller that is also unputdownable.
Publisher: New York : Mulholland Books, 2011.
ISBN: 9780316207225
Branch Call Number: FICTION CAR
Additional Contributors: Whiteside, Shaun


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Sep 18, 2015

In this book are described so many gruesome crimes, that there is an impression that in this world 50% of population are serial killers.

Jun 07, 2013

Although the plot was fairly interesting in a where's-this-going-next way, once the pattern was established, even the twists were predictable. The characters weren't particularly compelling or believable, and the authorial conceit of setting the story in an undisclosed location served only to make the book even less immersive. We dubbed the country "Imaginerica" - for all the reviewers referring to the setting as European, the ethnic melting pot cast and references to gaudy fundamentalist churches (etc.) very much sounded like somebody's *idea* of what the USA is like. I couldn't wait to finish this one, because I was tired of slogging through it. I'd also like to note that throughout the entire book, the age of the youngest victim was sometimes given as seven and sometimes as nine, which drove me up the wall; jacket copy on my edition compromised and said she was eight, snrk.

ChristchurchLib Apr 08, 2013

"Publishers Weekly calls this award-winning debut, set in an unnamed country, "engagingly gruesome," and it's hard not to agree with either part of the description. Five severed arms have been discovered lying buried in a circle - each belongs to a missing girl, each an only child. But a sixth arm discovered nearby belongs to an unknown girl who may still be alive, and who has not been reported missing. Mila Vasquez, an expert on finding missing children, is added to the team headed by criminologist Goran Gavila, and together they must unravel the twisted layers of the crimes committed by an unknown suspect who seems to be manipulating their every move. Fans of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs will enjoy The Whisperer." April 2013 Thrillers and Suspense newsletter

Jan 15, 2013

Well, well, well, what an ending. I thought the book started out kind of slow. Maybe that was because 420 pages is a big book and I didn't want to get stuck in a book that I wasn't going to enjoy, but it was really just setting up the story and for a book this large it took awhile.
I am so glad I was able to read it in a few days b/c so much happens and there are so many twists and turns that it would have been hard to remember eerything written about the case if I had read it over a longer span of time. Each chapter ends with a sort of cliffhanger to the next which keeps you wanting to read and never put the book down.
The story never ended. And that was a good thing b/c I wanted to keep reading. The ending really tied everything together more than I could have imagined. It was a great read.
I have to agree with some of the other reviews I read in that some of the book was disjointed. Lost in translation if you will. And the story of Mila's (our protagonist) lack of empathy was indeed often contradicted. But I found that most of this was over shadowed by the criminal progression.

Jan 09, 2013

This is a smart, tautly written psychological thriller that will keep your butt in a seat til you finish it. It seems like a standard police procedural about tracking a serial killer and it is but there is much more here. One character says "we think we know someone but we know nothing a all..." & there are a dozen examples in this story. At one time or another, you will suspect almost everyone but you still might not be prepared for the ending. Hard to believe this is the author's first book.

Oct 26, 2012

This was a really well written mystery. It was until the final pages that I finally knew who the killer was. The author kept me interested through the whole book.

Jun 19, 2012

If you are into books about serial killers, this is a good one. Absorbing.

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