Book Review & Blog Tour: Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower

Hi everyone! Today is my tour stop for Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower, which is hosted by the lovely Shannon over at R&R Book Tours. Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers below.

Whispers in the Dark

Author: Laurel Hightower

Publication Date: 07 December 2018

Genre: Adult Fiction – Paranormal Thriller/Horror

Pages: 318

Publisher: JournalStone

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.

If you’re still looking for that chilling read this spooky season then stop right there and pick up Whispers in the Dark. This is definitely one of those books that will send chills up and down your spine and make you think twice before going into dark spaces alone.

The story follows the life of Rose McFarland, a sniper for Memphis’ S.W.A.T team. Rose is a badass female protagonist. She’s damn good at her job, and when she’s not using her expert marksman skills, she’s co-parenting her two kids with her ex-husband Sam. That being said, Rose comes with a lot of flaws. She has a haunting past filled with scars stemming from the physical and emotional abuse that she suffered at the hands of her father as well as a mother who despises her very existence. Ever since Rose was a child, she has had the ability to hear and see dark beings that are something only from nightmares. I’ll be honest, with everything that Rose has been subjected to, I am surprised she’s not a raging alcoholic or committed to a psych ward.

Rose was under the impression that those dark days were behind her….that is until she murdered Charlie Akers. Now the whispers and the things that lurk in the shadows are back. To make matters worse, Rose’s four year old son Tommy can hear and see them as well. Now Rose must solve the mystery surrounding Charlie Akers in order to protect her loved ones once for a all.

I definitely was blown away by Laurel Hightower’s debut novel. I loved that this book encompassed more than one genre; dipping into both thriller/mystery as well as horror. I loved how atmospheric this book was as well. There were definitely plenty of goosebump moments and peering over my shoulder just in case. Overall, Whispers in the Dark is a fantastic read, and I can’t wait to see what the author comes up with next.

Thank you to Shannon at R&R Book Tours for the tour invite as well as providing an ebook for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.

Purchase Links

Amazon | JournalStone | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

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.

Author Links

Website | Facebook | Goodreads | Twitter

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