The new impossible-to-put-down thriller from the bestselling author
'Reads like Liane Moriarty at her Big Little Lies best' TONY PARSONS
'A gripping thriller about toxic female friendships with a killer twist' CLAIRE DOUGLAS
'Kept me up late into the night...' LUCY CLARKE
Grace's best friend Anna is missing.
She would never leave her husband and son by choice and Grace is beside herself with worry.
As Grace searches desperately for answers, everyone seems to have a different version of the truth.
Why won't Anna's husband call the police?
What secrets are the other mothers at the school gate hiding?
With each day that passes, Anna's life is under increasing threat.
The pressure is mounting and it will not be long before something cracks.
'The story of Anna and Grace's friendship and Anna's disappearance is compelling in its own right, but the real triumph emerges from Perks's skill as seeing some women for exactly who they are and what they're capable of' DAILY MAIL
PRAISE FOR HEIDI PERKS:
'I was knocked for six by the twist in this book' ROSAMUND LUPTON
'Slick, gripping and compelling. I couldn't put it down' LISA JEWELL
'Deliciously dark' CRIME MONTHLY
'Heidi Perks' new novel takes 'sinisterness at the school gates' to a scary new level. You will be watching your step' JANE CORRY
'A highly addictive and thrilling read' HEAT
'Simmering tensions and double crossings will have you racing to the dramatic finale' SUNDAY MIRROR
'Terrifically suspenseful and intriguing' LIZ NUGENT
'Absorbing and beautifully observed, I was knocked for six by the twist in this book' ROSAMUND LUPTON
'A gripping thriller' GOOD HOUSEKEEPING
'I really loved it. The Whispers is a big-hearted psychological thriller about the dark corners that lurk in even the closest of friendships. Heidi Perks reads like Liane Moriarty at her Big Little Lies best as she brilliantly mines the jealously, spite and rage that lurk behind the polite smiles at every school gates. Highly recommend' TONY PARSONS
The discovery of an unidentified body on a beach in Clearwater, England, kicks off this enjoyable psychological thriller from Perks (Three Perfect Liars). Grace Goodwin left Clearwater at 17 when her family moved to Australia. Now, 19 years later, she has returned with her young daughter, while her husband continues his job in Singapore. Feeling lonely, she longs to reconnect with Anna Robinson, her best friend from childhood. However, Anna has found a small group of best friends, and, try as she might, Grace just doesn't fit in. After a girls' night out at the pub, Anna goes missing, and Grace seems to be the only one who believes that harm may have come to her. With each passing day, Grace's anguish rises. The suspense builds as Perks sets up expectations only to tease them apart, leaving the reader with a series of enticing questions, such as who is lying and why, and how far anyone might go to protect oneself. Only some repetition in the middle section suggests the author is a tad off her game. This disturbing view of toxic friendships will resonate with many.
A thrilling mystery
The Whispers by Heidi Perks is the first book I have read from her and it has been a great introduction to her work. I really enjoyed her style of writing and how she was able to draw me into the story experiencing it as her characters do.
Heidi Perks had me wrapped up in this story right from the blurb. The idea that someone could disappear while on a night out with four of their closest friends, definitely makes for an intriguing catalyst to a fascinating mystery.
There is nothing I love more than unreliable narrator and you get that in spades with this book. Even had I been able to trust the clues I was given, I didn’t even come close cracking the mystery of this group of women.
A gripping and solid mystery, The Whispers is an in depth look at toxic friendships, manipulation, control and obsession. A deviously wicked read, with a thrilling twist that I enjoyed immensely. It was a pleasure to read and review The Whispers, which I recommend.
Not what I expected
Could not put this book down.