Guest Review: Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower
Greetings friends, I am super excited to announce the first guest review on Reader Voracious! Lilyn from Sci-fi & Scary read Whispers in the Dark and loved it so much that they needed to write a review for it. The problem? One of the SF&S contributors already reviewed it and was looking for a blog to host their review.
Also, would anyone be willing to host a guest review from me? Siân has already reviewed it on SF&S. https://t.co/G2ovcIKASk
— Lilyn G | Sci-Fi & Scary (@ScifiandScary) September 25, 2019
I was more than happy to lend Reader Voracious for the day to give you a bonus review, so please give Lilyn a warm welcome!
About the Book
Publisher: JournalStone | Release Date: December 7, 2018 | Pages: 318
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.
I normally don’t review books by authors that I ‘know’ (even if it’s just a loose connection on Twitter). I feel like there is a potential for bias there as soon as you develop any sort of affection for them as a person. It’s gotten cracks about me being a princess in a white tower before, but I don’t care. We all operate to our own personal standards of what we’re comfortable with.
Well, this is the princess coming down from her white tower and breaking her own rules to tell you all that You Need to Read This Book because it’s just that damned good.
Laurel Hightower’s Whispers in the Dark is one of those books that puts a weight on your chest and tugs at your soul. Each chapter is its own little bite-sized piece of emotional chocolate. I had to pause in between them just to let the ache that was building in me die down a little bit. At one point, when I was reading over my lunch break at work, I had to close the book, get up, and leave the room. Hightower’s writing got under my skin that badly.
There is so much to love in this book. The adult characters are all sorts of perfectly flawed. The relationships between everyone are not quite believable but only because everyone dreams of being loved that much. And I don’t think that sort of love is real…or at least it’s not in my reality. But the non-believability isn’t an issue here, because it lends such a sweet air to the absolute fucking emotional slash job she’s doing to you the rest of the time. The action is great, the pacing is freaking chef’s kiss perfect, and some of the dialogue had me sitting back from my screen (read it on the computer) and clapping because it was just so perfect.
Good lord. This is how you write a ghost story. Rose is the type of Gifted female character so many of us love so much but that hardly anyone ever gets perfectly right. So many authors try to write the hard-ass, loving, fierce, take-no-prisoners Strong Female Lead that will stay with their readers long after the story is over. So much so that it has become its own trope in paranormal fantasy/horror/etc.
Rose broke the flawed mold that these characters have been crafted in.
Laurel Hightower did a brilliant job all around on Whispers in the Dark, and if you don’t get your hands on it as soon as possible… well… I feel sorry for you because you’re missing out on an exceptional piece of work by a very talented author.
Have you read anything by Laurel Hightower? Does this book sound as good to you as it does to me (Kal)? Let’s chat!