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Publisher's Summary

Six severed arms are discovered in a forest clearing. They appear to belong to missing girls, but the rest of the bodies are nowhere to be found. Criminologist Goran Gavila is forced to work with Mila Vasquez, a specialist in missing children with a tragic history of her own. As they uncover more about the dark secrets in the forest, their lives are increasingly in each other's hands...

©2009 Donato Carrisi (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

Critic Reviews

"A gripping read...I defy anyone to guess the denouement" ( Guardian)
"Gruesome and gripping…a taut psychological thriller" ( Times)

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  • Marta Dahlig
  • 08-03-2021

Overly

At first I was pleased with the plot, but it soon turned out that the author just aims to create an "intricate" story for the sake of it, without really creating an engaging reading experience. He crams many subplots into one book without going into enough depth to get us invested in any character or story.

Thus, even if you are surprised by the end reveal, you are not feeling satisfied at all.

To me each of the subplots would be satisfying in its own right, as a separate book, IF done with the right amount of depth. Cramming everything into one book and tying it all together sloppily and with some logical inconsistencies... created a very sub-par reading experience.

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  • Mark
  • 20-02-2019

Donnato Carrisi has done it again.

Donnato Carrisi has done it again. Mila is supported by a rich cast of characters in a plot with so many twists and turns it's impossible to work out who the real culprit is, and there are also other surprises woven into the story to create a multi layered tale I could not put down. There may a few narrators as expressive as Saul Reichlin but there are none better, particularly for this kind of writing. Another top tier effort from these two that leaves me wanting more.

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  • Charlotte
  • 02-08-2016

Interesting new author

I was looking for new author to listen to. Interesting plot but different plot lines not fully explained before moving on. Narrator was good but needs to separate his characters voices better. Sometimes very confusing listening to dialogue to know which character is speaking Overall worth a listen.

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  • mehitabel
  • 19-01-2016

Delightfully chilling...

A multifaceted plot that covers a lot of ground and is held together by a compelling and complex female lead. This is not an author who is shy of placing his characters in dark and difficult positions, which makes this book less predictable than other thrillers out there and means that the plot spirals and unfurls in a very satisfying manner. The narration is excellent and the pacing is good. Not one for people who don't want to peer into the darker side of the human psyche but thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Neil
  • 13-12-2015

Brilliant from start to finish..

I found this story to be great at keeping my interest. It is easy to immerse yourself in the story and just go with it all. There were certain twists that were easy to spot but overall I lived it.

Very disturbing subject matter and the descriptions at time are pretty horrific.

The reading was excellent, it moved at pace with some good voicing which kept my attention.

Would recommend this, it's awesome.

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  • Joanna
  • 11-03-2015

Unusual and eery.

Incredibly strong atmosphere, gets under your skin... Can't stop listening, no idea where he's taking you with the narrative. Surprising and unsettling.

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  • Agnes
  • 25-04-2021

Great story

I didnt like the narrating. It just didn't fit with the content and general atmosphere of the story.

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  • David O'Reilly
  • 10-08-2018

The whisperer

Although the story was well structured there were too many coincidences and the ending was disappointing

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  • Mrs. J. Jackson
  • 05-01-2015

one of the best books of its kind i have listened

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I wouild if they liked criminal & thrillers, because this is certainly a thriller from start to finish.
But you realy need to listen very carefully. I have had to go back to listen to parts I missed,or you loose the thread of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Whisperer?

The story gose up & down all the time so it is difficult to pick one bit.

What about Saul Reichlin’s performance did you like?

I have listened to this narrator before, he always manages to change character very well so you don't notice a man playing a woman,excelent,

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

It's about evil and children, who would not be moved about the whole situation.
It's about the people who try to stop this evil, and how they are affected.

Any additional comments?

Although this is about the worst of crimes,and at first i was not sure I wanted to listen to it ,but as I have said it is also about the characters who work on these situations,and how it affects them.

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  • greengranny
  • 24-03-2014

Grim

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Less verbiage

Has The Whisperer put you off other books in this genre?

Certainly by this author

Have you listened to any of Saul Reichlin’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Fine

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom

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Took this on holiday with me and was worried it wouldn't last out.I needn't have done. I took a week to finish it by sheer willpower. The story was unbelievable,the unnecessary
descriptive passages just felt like padding.

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