I want to thank Shane @ Itching for Book for hosting this tour!!
Title: The Murmurings
Author: Carly Anne West
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Genre: Horror, Paranormal, Psychological Thriller
Publication Date: March 5, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Source: eARC received from publisher for Blog Tour
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Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.
As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not….
About the Author
Carly Anne Weat is a freelance writer with an MFA in English from Mills College. She lives with her husband and son in Seattle, Washington. Visit her at CarlyAnneWest.com and twitter.com/CarlyAnneWest1
First of all I would like to thank Simon Pulse for allowing me to review this book for this blog tour. Having said that, I will say that this book was creepy from the moment I started reading it. Carly has a way of writing a character so well that you cannot stop reading. Sophie was damaged, broken and afraid. The voices in her head made Sophie that much more interesting because she was unreliable. Throughout the entire book you never knew if she was insane or if the voices in her head were something more.
From the very beginning I felt the strong bond between Sophie and her sister Nell. Although Nell is not physically present in the story, she still has a very large role in Sophies sanity. I loved the journal entries that Sophie read throughou the book, I thought they brought out a different side of the narrative and showed us who Nell really was when she was alive. And as the story progressed you saw how similar Sophie became to her sister, and you saw how that was terrifyer to Sophie.
The end was an issue for me, only because I wanted more explanation as to the murmurings themselves and the Taker that Sophie sees every time she looks in teh miror. The Taker character was something I was very weary of, only because it wasnt fully explained. That lead to some questions near the end when everything combusts into a horrfying scene.
Overall I really enjoyed this thrilling read. The characters, whether main or secondary had a part in advancing the plot and had a purpose. The writing style was simple yet all encompassing. It draws you in from the very beginning and doesnt let you go until the end. The Murmurings is a thriller that borders on horor at times, and I thouroughly enjoyed reading it.