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What if the boy from The 6th Sense was a girl and grew up to be a SWAT sniper?
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2019
This is the question Laurel Hightower answers in her fantastic debut novel, Whispers in the Dark.
Rose McFarland is an exceptional SWAT officer. She’s up for a promotion that would actually put her in a position to lead her squad. But she also has a secret. She sees and hears dead people. A lot of dead people.
The history of this ability is shrouded in secrets, shame, and scars, a history that unfolds masterfully as the narrative weaves through a series of twists and turns that beckon the reader forward.
A mix of genres, including enough horrific elements and scenes to please even the most ardent horror fan, the book is actually at its strongest when exploring Rose’s personal life. The character work with Rose and Sam (her ex-husband) and her two kids (a daughter with Sam & a son with her 2nd, deceased husband) is nothing short of outstanding. The characters jump off the page. They feel like living, breathing people, their relationships couldn’t be more genuine or honest. To say I was impressed would be an understatement.
There wasn’t really anything I didn’t like about the book. The writing is wonderful, and Hightower skillfully mixes her POV character’s 1st person narration with a series of 3rd person guest narrators. A particularly impressive feat in my eyes, as in general I’m not overly fond of 1st person stories.
So with all that in mind, I think it’s safe to label Whispers in the Dark as a Must Read. Do yourself a favor and get a copy.