A ho-hum “Whisper” of Evil fails to fascinate the reader.
2.5 Stars Out Of 5
Someone is stalking the little town of Silence...
Three victims have fallen to a killer’s savage vengeance. Each of the dead men was a successful and respected member of the community — yet each also harbored a dark secret discovered only after his murder. Were their deaths the ultimate punishment for those secrets? Or something even more sinister?
Nell Gallagher has come home to Silence more than a decade after leaving one dark night with her own painful secrets. Forced now by family duty to return, she has also come home to settle with the past. But past and present tangle in a murderer’s vicious attacks, and to find the answers she needs, Nell must call on the psychic skills that drove her away years before. She must risk her own life and sanity, and regain the trust of the man she left behind so long ago.
For the killer she seeks is seeking her, watching her every move, preying upon her every vulnerability — and already so close she’ll never see death coming...
To be honest, I liked only one thing about this book - Theme of the story. A detective, solving a series of gruesome murders by using his/her psychic skills – This concept itself sounds very interesting. But……but the way the events are tangled, the characters are built up make the novel tasteless.
I strongly believe that the character development is one of the most important part of any novel. Kay Hooper failed completely in this segment. I never felt involved in the story as I was not attached to any of the characters. Right from the first page, author keeps on saying that Nell Gallagher (The protagonist) has come to the city to settle her past. Till the last page she repeats that something had happened in the past, something had happened between her and one more character in the story, but I could never understand what exactly had happened. The events are garbled across the novel and It is very difficult to connect them. I lost interest many times, but since I wanted to know how does the detective use his/her psychic skills, I kept on reading. Apart from character development, there are many things which do not fit right in the story. E.g. The protagonist wants to keep something secret because it is related to the murder investigation. Even being described as a very secret thing, the protagonist keeps on telling this “secret” to every single person he/she meets, even if that person is civilian. I have read many crime novels, this one thing didn’t sound me correct. Even if I keep my common sense aside and try to read the story, still the civilian involved in murder investigation to help the protagonist doesn’t fit anywhere.
Also, the evil is not really evil. At the end “The Evil” felt so ordinary that he can’t even be called as monster, let alone evil. The events which lead to the capture of so called “Evil” are below average. After reading more than 90% of the novel the evil gets caught abruptly and I could not convince myself that to catch this evil author needed 392 pages. Even if the novel is tagged paranormal, I think that end of the story is completely out of sync. It doesn’t fit in the story.
But the way Kay Hooper has explained the psychic abilities of the protagonist and how does it work is interesting. I liked that part in the novel. But it is repeated so many times thereafter that I lost interest in the psychic abilities too.
Rating & Conclusion
I would NOT RECOMMEND this book. Even if you are paranormal mystery fans, this book is not worth trying. There are many good paranormal novels. I would rate “Whisper of Evil” 2.5 Stars Out Of 5.
Last revised: 31 Jan, 2015 09:40 PM
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