By: Lisa Unger
Series: A Whispers Story #1
Publisher: Gallery Books
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Eloise Montgomery discovers her amazing gift in the wake of tragedy in this first of three captivating e-shorts from award-winning and New York Times bestselling author Lisa Unger.
It’s a day like any other for Eloise Montgomery—until tragedy strikes. While she is recovering from a horrible accident that takes the lives of her husband and oldest daughter, and as she works to help her younger daughter move forward, Eloise experiences her first psychic vision. Though she struggles to understand her newfound gifts, Eloise finds a way use them to save lost women and girls—for whom her help may be the only way out…
From an author whose “gripping narrative and evocative, muscular prose” (Associated Press) have won her critical acclaim comes The Whispers: a story that delves deep into the human psyche and the mind of one unforgettable heroine.
A special thank you to Gallery Books and NetGalley for a complimentary reading copy in exchange for an honest review.
Lisa Unger’s THE WHISPERS is the first of three, in the dynamic Whisper mystery series of novellas, set in the small town of Hollows. A family is wrecked by a tragic accident--one left with a special gift, to help others; not always wanted or understood. Readers learn about the history of the lovely Montgomery family and how husband Alfie, and wife Eloise met, with a beautiful love story. They had two daughters, totally different, Emily and Amanda. It appears sometimes their family was divided into teams. Emily and Alfie (strong wills, pragmatism, powerful intellects), against Eloise and Amanda (more passive, gentler than the other two, kindred spirits, enjoying the quitter things like reading and knitting). There was lots of chemistry between parents and their children in a much loved family; however, Emily always pushed Eloise’s buttons as she was outspoken, whereas Amanda held it all in. When one morning which started out normal, ends in a tragic accident, killing her husband and oldest daughter—the youngest is left with PTSD and total silence, and Eloise begins to experience visions and whispers of girls in distress. At first Eloise tries to ignore these newfound and complicated psychic visions and warnings. Until she thinks her husband and daughter are offering her a gift to help others. She cannot sit back and not help save lives. (Loved the humor and dynamics between mother and daughter). While she is the midst of helping the local detective solve several cases of missing girls, she also is the middle of the murder trial of the man who killed her family, who was driving the truck and fell asleep. How will Eloise and Amanda handle all the publicity surrounding her new talents? Can they forgive the man who killed their family(grief, revenge, forgiveness)? Will Eloise get more than she bargained for with haunting images and voices running through her head day and night? How will this affect her relationship with her daughter and the way she manages her life? I really enjoyed The Whispers, as made the mistake of readingThe Burning Girl first, so did not have the background of her family which helped build the characters, and setting the stage for the next book. These were my first two books by Unger, (not sure why I am now finding about this author)—hello?..thank you NetGalley.This book is a great introduction for those who have not read her previous books. So excited about reading her previous books and upcoming ones, as have heard nothing but rave reviews. Liking her style, with her nice character development and her mix of tragedy and humor. I would recommend reading all the books in the series in order. Looking forward to reading The Three Sisters #3 in the Whispers Series, coming Jan/2015. Readers are in for a real treat with upcoming full thriller novel,Crazy Love You, with a short teaser included leaving you anxiously awaiting until, Feb/2015. Sounds intriguing with Ian, now a talented and successful graphic novelist, who was a formerly a misfit, and loser fat boy in his younger years, when Priss his best friend was there to help him and hide his secrets. Now he meets sweet Megan at the park, and he wants to be a better person; however, will Priss go along with this change….Probably not. Yummy, sounds like scandalous dark secrets to be unveiled!