Tuesday, 16 March 2021

#BlogTour The Whispers by Heidi Perks


'The Whispers is Heidi’s fourth brilliantly fast-paced thriller, which sees seemingly perfect wife and mother Anna Robinson go mysteriously missing after a night out with her fellow Mummy friends. Anna’s oldest friend Grace is beside herself with worry – desperately searching for answers and certain that someone is hiding the truth. But everyone has a theory of what happened to Anna, and as gossip at the school gates begins to turn to violent, time is running out to fine Anna alive…'

About the Author

Heidi Perks is a Sunday Times bestselling author of Now You See Her, Come Back For Me and Three Perfect Liars. Elements of The Whispers are drawn from Heidi’s own personal experience of making friends at the school gates and the intrigues and dramas of motherly friendships. Heidi Perks’ debut novel Now You See Her twice reached the Sunday Times bestseller list, first in hardback in July 2018 at No.9 and again at No.6 in paperback in March 2019 where it was a Richard & Judy Book Club pick for Spring 2019.

Now You See Her has sold over 300,000 copies across formats to date and has received over a staggering 1000 five start reviews on Amazon from readers, with more than 400,000 copies of Heidi’s books sold in the UK alone. Now You See Her has also been optioned for TV from the production company behind BBC One’s ‘The Miniaturist’ and Channel 4’s ‘National Treasure’. Heidi Perks lives with her family in Bournemouth, and sets all over books on the South Coast of England.

She is a graduate of the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative Online Novel Writing Course (the only creative writing school run by a literary agency). Follow Heidi on Twitter @HeidiPerksBooks and join in the conversation with #THEWHISPERS

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About the book

A missing wife. Four friends. Who is telling the truth? Anna Robinson hasn’t been seen since she went on a night out with her four closest friends.

She has a loving husband, a son she adores, a perfect life… surely she wouldn’t abandon them. And if not, then something terrible must have happened. It’s not long before the rumours start at the school gates where this group of friends all met. What exactly happened on that mum’s night out?

Anna’s oldest friend Grace is beside herself with worry – desperately searching for answers and certain that someone is hiding the truth. With each day that passes, Anna’s life is under increasing threat. And as the pressure mounts, it won’t be long before something cracks…

A scintillating thriller exploring female friendships and the secrets we keep from those who think they know us best.

Review

Two friends reconnecting after many years apart. Sharing the joys of motherhood and their childhood memories. Sounds like such a calm and happy story, right? Err, wrong.

What emerges is an adult playground bullying scenario. A group of friends isolating a newcomer, except the newcomer is an old friend of one of the group. It makes it difficult for both Grace and her young daughter. If you don't connect with the parent then there is little hope for a connection between the children.

Grace is trying to rekindle the tight sisterly bond she used to have with Anna, but it seems to be falling on deaf ears and some of her new friends are quite antagonistic towards her. Grace feels as if something is simmering just below the surface, a feeling that Anna is in danger somehow. When her friend goes missing after a night out those suspicions appear to be confirmed.

The author knows how to take the most normal of scenarios and extract the paranoia, suspicion and malcontent from them. The darkness that lurks just below the surface, just waiting to pop out when you least expect it. This dark domestic psychological thriller plays on the themes of sisterhood, friendships and what happens when they cross the boundaries into uncomfortable.

Keeping the reader on their toes as they try to discern who is really the bad apple in this scenario, because there are so many areas between good and bad - nothing is ever clear cut.

Buy The Whispers at Amazon Uk or go to Goodreads for any other retailer. Publisher: Century;  Ebook release - 18th March 2021 - Hardback release - 15th April 2021 - Hardback, £12.99. Buy at Waterstones.

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