HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY, KIM!
Title: Little Whispers
Author: K.L. Slater
Date of publication: May 21st 2020
How I got it: ecopy from NetGalley
Number of pages: 259
You shared a secret with the wrong person.
Janey Markham is thrilled to be moving with her family to Buckingham Crescent, the smartest address in a desirable suburban town.
Worried she’ll be excluded by the glossy local mothers, Janey is thrilled when she meets Tanya, the kind of woman she has always looked up to. Tanya takes Janey under her wing, and her teenage daughter Angel is amazing with Janey’s little boy. As Janey and Tanya grow closer, Janey feels she can finally leave her troubled past behind.
But then everything changes…
In a weak moment over a bottle of wine, Janey finds herself telling Tanya her most shocking secret. Why wouldn’t she trust her new friend?
The following day, Janey sees Angel, with a man old enough to be her father, pushing someone into a car. The next day a body is found and police appeal for witnesses – and share a picture of the same car…
When Janey tells Tanya she is going to the police, Tanya turns threatening. She’ll stop at nothing to defend Angel, even if her daughter is guilty. If Janey says anything, Tanya will make sure that her dark secret gets out.
Janey faces an impossible choice. Stay quiet about what she saw that terrible day. Or speak up, and destroy the family she has worked so hard to protect…
From million-copy bestseller K.L. Slater comes this twisty and absolutely unputdownable roller-coaster ride of a read. Fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will be totally hooked on Little Whispers.
When we meet Janey, she is still reeling from her now deceased mother’s revelations a few months earlier. Her life is okay but lacks excitement. It all changes when her husband Isaac gets a new job. Suddenly, she is thrown into a new setting – a bigger house, more money, which means she can relax a little about the issue, and a new school for her son. If it is never easy to fit in, and Janey feels like an outsider for a while, the hype clique soon takes her under their wing and Janey’s life keeps on changing… But you can change your hair, your address, and do your best, the past is never far, and sometimes the present simply is an illusion…
I felt for Janey. From the snippets we get about her past, she hasn’t led an easy life and her mother always warned her about getting close to people. It doesn’t come naturally to her to keep friends. When she moves to her new house and once the excitement fades away, she realizes it’s a brand new world and she must find her new place here. Being stared at, hearing whispered remarks, all of this doesn’t help feel comfortable and she soon becomes lonely, especially as her husband, who had promised this move would mean more family time, is actually quite busy!
With patience and resilience, Janey manages to befriend Tania, who seems to be the area’s Queen Bee. Eager to create a new and better life for herself and her family, Janey gets closer to Tania and the group… and even shares her deepest secret.
Only she has no idea she is far from the only one having secrets in her street!
K.L. Slater has created a place I never want to live in, haha! I really enjoyed following Janey and discovering more about her. I recognized myself in her urge to be accepted. Her development as a character grows as the tension builds and I love the idea that despite the dark corners, she manages to find herself and be more confident to face the truths awaiting her. I knew things didn’t add up, and was so frustrated (in a good way!) as nothing seemed to make sense to me or Janey. The little things that nagged us both didn’t feel related but I should have known better. After all, I was reading a book by the queen of unforseeable twists! Actually, more than a big shocking ending, I experienced Little Whisper as an earthquake. A clear and solid foundation, then a few small warning shakes. Holes began to appear, and suddenly as I neared the ending, I felt the ground give way under the characters’ feet.
Little Whisper is an entertaining thriller with secrets and threats all around for a claustrophobic read!
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For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.