Throughout history a patch of land in the quaint village of Oakwell has been cursed.
1500's- A tribesman mysteriously kills all of his people and sets them, his village and himself aflame.
1800's- A stubborn business man insists on building a large house in the middle of the woods with the help of slave labor.
Present Day- Steve and Melody Samson are looking to escape from city life. They find a cheap fixer-upper in the middle of the woods that Melody is drawn to. Steve thinks it is plain old creepy. As soon as they move in, Steve begins to hear strange whispering and is having nightmares. The townsfolk are very reluctant to tell them anything about the house's history. Can you hear the woods whispering for you? If you can, it may already be too late...
I really enjoyed this ghostly thriller. I thought the pace of the build of suspense was just right. The plot was unique with the both fear of the supernatural and the natural. The characters were believable, but definitely were making some weird choices (isn't that always the case with horror stories?) The supporting character of Donovan gave me chills!
Whisper was received for free in return for an honest review.
I really enjoyed the first book of the Whisper Trilogy and I am really happy to have won the second book, Echoes. The first book was doused in the suspense and mystery of what was in the forest, however, in Echoes we know what is going on and the driving force on the horror spectrum is the question: 'What will happen to Melody and Steve when they return to the Hope House sight?"
Seven years have passed since the horrific events that almost took Steve and Melody's lives. Now they are struggling to pay bills and to live their lives with their young son. The town of Oakwell, the sight of the infamous Hope House, is now a paranormal hot spot, gone are the idealistic mom and pop stores, now McDonalds and ghost hunter shops line the streets. When Melody and Steve are approached to come back to Oakwell to be in a paranormal investigator show to take place in a brand new hotel on the Hope House site, they adamantly refuse. The evil forces on the land won't let them get away that easily, though and soon they are blackmailed into returning to the one place they never wanted to go.
Like Whisper's I enjoyed the blending of the fear from the natural and the supernatural in the book. Even though there is not as much mystery in Echoes, there is plenty of suspense building with new construction on the site and Steve and Melody's return. I was surprised to see the return of Donovan's character, but he did make everything worthwhile. There was plenty of gore and action in the last part of the book that made me keep reading on through.