Review: Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower

This book balances characterization and creepy perfectly.

Whispers In The Dark by Laurel Hightower

Published December 2018

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Source: Received for Review Consideration
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.
Little by little, James will insinuate himself into Patricia’s life and try to take everything she took for granted—including the book club—but she won’t surrender without a fight in this blood-soaked tale of neighborly kindness gone wrong.

My 2 Cents For Free!

I’m going to be honest here and say that I’m not a major fan of police procedural type books, movies or tv but I’ll always make an exception when several someones tell me I need to pay attention to something and that’s why I decided to read Whispers In The Dark. People on my Twitter feed would not shut up about it and now that I’ve read it I can understand the positive buzz.

Rose is a sniper with a painful past and when the book begins she is in a standoff with an irrational man. The scene is intense and shows Rose is calm, cool and knows what she’s doing but this event is more than it seems. Rose is also more than she seems and soon after finds herself and her family embroiled in a battle for their lives. The stakes are high and the revelations are chilling. You’ll have to read the book to discover them though because I am not a spoiler of books.

The best thing about this story, besides the history and the creep-factor and the ever-lurking dread, were the characters and their very complicated relationships with each other. They’re flawed, realistic, relatable - all of those things, and I really enjoyed reading their stories and reactions to events. Life is often messy, imperfect, frustrating, and disappointing and this book felt real to me because of the character’s interactions with each other and the realism and emotion written into the scenes. I still find it difficult to believe this novel was a debut. That sort of blows my mind.

I’m glad I listened to my horror people and gave this book a chance. I can easily recommend it to anyone looking to escape reality for a while and fall into a tension-filled novel with unforgettable characters.

4 out of 5


  1. I do love a book with memorable, well-drawn, and relatable characters! Will have to give this one a read. :)

  2. I’m gonna have to check this out.

  3. I don't read police procedure type books either as they are repetitive when it comes to interviewing witnesses and things. I only have a couple of crime novels on my TBR right now!

    1. I enjoyed this one because it started out that way, a little bit, but then turned into a character based creepy story. It was surprising in the best of ways.

  4. My comment keeps disappearing? This one does sound good!

    1. It's not me, I promise, haha. Blogger often eats my comments or doesn't let me post them. Blogger is such a jerk!

  5. i read and loved this one too. i was surprised it was a debut novel and can hardly wait for what she does next
    sherry @ fundinmental

    1. She has a new one out right now called Crossroads. I'd read it right now if weren't so buried, ahh!

  6. At least it was pretty good. Sounds like a good read.

    1. It was excellent. I love it when a book exceeds expectations.


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