Where the most dangerous place – is inside your own head…
Following a London Tube disaster, three traumatised survivors turn to clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby, for help – but she’s mystified when their stories don’t add up. Her confusion turns to horror when one by one, instead of recovering, they start committing suicide.
When her partner, Conrad, begins to suffer the same terrifying flashbacks, Sam is desperate to find out what is causing them and a mysterious and chilling crime begins to unravel.
Then the flashbacks begin for Sam…
The first book in the Dr Samantha Willerby Series, INSIDE THE WHISPERS is a tense, haunting Psychological Thriller that will leave your nerves in shreds.
After reading and becoming completely obsessed with No Longer Safe by A.J Waines earlier in the year, it wouldn’t be unfair to compare me to an overexcited child at Christmas when I got my hands on her latest thriller, Inside the Whisperers.
Clinical psychologist Samantha Willerby has recently started a new job helping people who are suffering from the after effects of traumatic experiences.
However, when three of Sam’s patients recount similar traumas and then all end up committing suicide, it quickly becomes clear that all is not as it seems. Did the three patients really experience the same thing? Can everything be as mysterious as it seems?
Add to this family issues with Sam’s boyfriend, Con, and the reappearance of her sister Mimi who has been released from a care home after suffering with mental issues and Sam’s life looks to get a whole lot more complicated…
I was gripped from the very first page of this tense and unsettling thriller. We immediately are introduced to a person who looks to be planning to commit suicide, and then we revisit this person from time to time throughout the story. But who are they?
The story then introduces us to Sam. Things look to be on the up for Sam; she has a wonderful boyfriend, a new job, and feels as though her life is finally getting on track. But the arrival of Mimi (or Miranda…) seems to be the beginning of the unravelling of it all, quickly followed by the mysterious death of her patients.
The thing that I loved most about this book was the pace. It wasn’t one of those super-fact-blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-something-happening-on-every-page kind of novel and this is definitely a good thing. It’s one of those books that unfolds slowly, almost teasing the reader, therefore piling on the intrigue and suspense. And if there’s one thing A.J Waines does perfectly it’s intrigue and suspense. Oh My Goodness! Once I started this story and become fully submerged in the story I could not stop. Inside the Whispers completely took over my life for two days and it was pretty much all I could thing about for those two days.
Not only did it massively intrigue me, but it also really, REALLY freaked me out. It messed with my mind and almost my me afraid of my own thoughts (you’ll see what I mean when you read this for yourself…) It will make you paranoid, you’ll be second guessing the characters all the way through.
I really enjoyed the character development in the story too. It was fascinating to read about Sam and learn more about her past, and the more you discover the more empathy you will have for her as a character. I had major trust issues with these characters. Who do I trust? Who is telling the truth? Who should I like? Is everyone all they seem? ARGH!
If, like me, you enjoy psychological thrillers and like novels that will keep you well and truly on your toes then Inside the Whispers is one that you MUST add to your TBR. I’m massively excited to read more from A.J Waines, she is proving to be an extremely talented writer and is well and truly leaving her mark in the world of crime-fiction.
A huge thank you to A.J Waines for the opportunity to review Inside the Whispers.
AJ Waines has sold over 100,000 books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, she is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany (Penguin Random House) and USA (audiobooks).
In 2015, she was featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and was ranked in the Top 20 UK authors on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing). She lives in Southampton, UK, with her husband.