Welcome to Dark Reads stop on the R&R Blog Tour for Whispers In the Dark by Laurel Hightower. Many thanks to Laurel for providing me with a copy of the book in return for an honest review and to Shannon for inviting me to take part on the Tour!
About The Book
Rose McFarland is a trained killer–a Memphis S.W.A.T. sniper with a secret. Her team knows about the burn scars that lurk under her clothes, a legacy of the house fire that killed her father and brother sixteen years before. Her supervisors know that she spent two years in a rehabilitative facility, healing and learning to cope with the emotional trauma of the fire. But no one knows about the visions that drove her there, angry spirits that consumed her childhood, alienated her from her family and made her doubt her own sanity–the Whispers.
When Charlie Akers, a half-brother she never knew, ends up on the wrong side of Rose’s rifle, she unwittingly sets off a chain of events that puts her family in the middle of increasingly dangerous paranormal visitations. Charlie won’t stay dead, and soon ghosts from Rose’s past are creeping back into her life. People she’s killed in the line of duty, family she thought long buried, every one of them under the influence of Rose’s greatest fear, the Whispers themselves.
As the walls between our world and the world of the dead grow thin, Rose will have to face her old nightmares to stop the Whispers from breaking free. If she can’t, it won’t just be Memphis that falls to the dead–there will be no safe place left on earth for the living.
· Paperback: 318 pages
· Publisher: JournalStone (7 Dec. 2018)
· ISBN-13: 978-1947654617
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Dark Reads Review
Yikes that was a creepy read!
Whispers In The Dark is the debut novel from the awesome Laurel Hightower, it is a perfect genre cocktail; Horror, Thriller and Mystery a must read for fans of any of those genres!
The story follows Rose McFarland, a S.W.A.T sniper with a past. Rose has survived a traumatic childhood filled with psychological abuse and death and a supernatural ability she has spent her whole life trying to suppress until now..
Rose is a fantastic character, a strong female protagonist who is a killer at work and a loving mother at home, she is fierce, flawed and completely believable. In fact the characterisation in general was really good. I really enjoyed the relationship between Rose and Sam, it was realistic and helped make the whole plot believable, even the supernatural parts.
Hightower did a brilliant job with the scene setting, it was eerie and there was a creeping feeling of dread building throughout, there were lots of lovely goosebump moments and the mystery surrounding the plot made for a real page turner. It was difficult to put this one down, and when I did put it down I was still thinking about it!
If you are looking for a immersive, creepy read for the spooky season this is the book you need to pick up. Whispers In The Dark is a nail-biting Supernatural Horror that will leave you wondering what is lurking in the shadows.
I just wanted to add that this novel is beautifully written and I can hardly believe this is a debut novel, it reads like a book from a seasoned author who has been writing books for years! Easily one of my favourite reads this year and I’m very excited for what comes next from Hightower.
About The Author
Laurel Hightower grew up in Kentucky, attending college in California and Tennessee before returning home to horse country, where she lives with her husband, son, and two rescue animals. She works as a paralegal in a mid-sized firm, wrangling litigators by day and writing at night. A bourbon and beer girl, she’s a fan of horror movies and true life ghost stories.
Whispers in the Dark is her first novel.
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Be sure to check out Laurel’s Dark Reads Guest Post from earlier on this month!