This is the second time in years that I’m legitimately stunned that a book is actually a debut! Yes, lots of debuts are impressive, but just once in a while, you come across one that blows others out of the water. Whispers in the Dark is one of those few. I even double checked Amazon and Goodreads to make sure there wasn’t some other title lurking around with Laurel Hightower’s name on it.
Whispers in the Dark is original, gripping, and absolutely unforgettable. That’s not to mention that the writing itself is superb. Laurel has a real talent in writing, and I’ll be watching VERY closely for her next book. I think it’s safe to say I’m one of those lucky readers who get to be amongst her first and forever fans. I can see this book, and this author going extremely far. This kind of talent in a debut is rare to put things lightly.
The main character Rose is very unique. She has a gift that scares the hell out of her (and the reader, wow!), but she faces it with a level head and swallows her fears in order to move forward and to fight for those she loves plus some.
Rose, the S.W.A.T. sniper badass protagonist is no stranger to anything paranormal, and the effects it’s had on her goes back as far as she can remember. The beings that she’s seen since she was little are dark, and their presence goes beyond that of merely visions. The world of the dead seep into that of the living, and for Rose there is nothing but inescapable reality soaked in it. And reality is just that, this book has no feel of fiction whatsoever. It grips you by the core and squeezes with every page.
It’s hard to get into the depth of the story line without any spoilers, as the way that the layers are peeled back throughout the book reveal just as much as should be revealed at just the perfect time.
I’m giving this book five very well deserved stars. I LOVED it! What a ride!
If you are looking for the ultimate book to read on Halloween night, look no further!
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Whispers in the Dark
Publication Date: December 7th, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Thriller/ Horror
Rose McFarland is a trained killer–a Memphis S.W.A.T. sniper with a secret. Her team knows about the burn scars that lurk under her clothes, a legacy of the house fire that killed her father and brother sixteen years before. Her supervisors know that she spent two years in a rehabilitative facility, healing and learning to cope with the emotional trauma of the fire. But no one knows about the visions that drove her there, angry spirits that consumed her childhood, alienated her from her family and made her doubt her own sanity–the Whispers.
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.
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His heart thudding again, Zack tried to hold his breath, peering
into the gloom. He didn’t have to wait long. Another shuffle, something
dragging against the grit. A shadow, darker than the rest of the
night. It moved, swayed. Waited.
No answer, but Zack thought he could hear breathing now. Labored,
wheezing. The way Matt had sounded toward the end. He took a step closer,
“Zack.” A whisper. Tired, but an uptick of hope at the end.
Zack swallowed. Matt had been waiting a long time. For the first
time, Zack wondered if his brother would be angry.
More dry dragging as Matt moved again. He was close now, almost
close enough to touch. Zack coughed, his asthma tickled by something in
the dry air down here. What was that? What did it smell like now?
“Zack?” A hand reaching out, slow, tentative.
Zack smiled tremulously, reached out too. Clasped the hand he’d
waited thirty-seven years to feel again. Felt it pull him closer, into a shaft
of moonlight coming through a broken window high on the wall. He looked
up, into his brother’s face. Faltered.
No, Zack realized with regret as the bony clutch tightened and
pulled him close. Not Matt at all.
About the Author
Laurel Hightower grew up in Kentucky, attending college in California and Tennessee before returning home to horse country, where she lives with her husband, son and two rescue animals, Yattering the cat (named for the Clive Barker short story) and Ladybug the adorable mutt. She definitely wants to see a picture of your dog, and often bonds with complete strangers over animal stories. A lifetime reader, she would raid her parents’ bookshelves from an early age, resulting in a number of awkward conversations about things like, “what does getting laid mean?” She loves discovering new favorite authors, and supporting the writing and reading community.
Laurel works as a paralegal in a mid-size firm, wrangling litigators by day and writing at night. A bourbon and beer girl, she’s a fan of horror movies and true life ghost stories. Whispers in the Dark is her first novel, though there are always more in the pipeline, and she loves researching anything horror related. She can usually be found working on the next project into the wee hours, sometimes as late as ten at night, as long as her toddler allows. Follow her on social media, even though she’s really bad at it, and she’ll follow you back. Plus you’ll be rewarded by pictures of cute dogs and kids.
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