The Whispers

Books on Tape. Jun. 2023. 10:17 hrs. ISBN 9780593452196. $95. F
“Something terrible happened.” When Whitney’s young son falls from a third-story window in the middle of the night, their community is devastated by the tragedy. While doctors work to bring him out of a coma, friends and neighbors begin to shift from sympathetic to suspicious, recalling the party where Whitney’s picture-perfect facade cracked as she lost her composure and screamed at her son. Chipping away at the neighborhood’s idyllic appearance reveals a tangled web of abuse and infidelity that leaves no one untouched. Audrain (The Push) creates stirring and suspenseful domestic fiction in which multiple timelines and perspectives meld into an intricate and unsettling examination of motherhood and marriage. Narrator Jill Winternitz gives an emotive and engaging performance. Though it’s difficult at times to distinguish between the quartet of female leads, the captivating nature of the narrative ensures that listeners will not get lost.
VERDICT This audio will appeal to those seeking haunting psychological suspense about envy, attraction, and the illusion of perfection. Recommended for fans of Colleen Hoover, A.J. Finn, and Gillian Flynn.
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