Set in the nineteen-seventies, Did You Whisper Back? begins with Amanda Court's longing to be reunited with her estranged twin sister Jo. Following a false lead, Amanda leaves her Merseyside home and family and goes to Devon to work as a chambermaid where she believes Jo now lives. Amanda's new life begins to encroach on her personal space and time, and her search for Jo is put on hold until Amanda feels Jo calling her back to Liverpool.
Gradually it emerges that Jo is, seemingly, just a figment of Amanda's imagination arising from distorted childhood memories. She experiences a series of strange and sometimes frightening experiences, until the desperation of her family reaches breaking point.
Did You Whisper Back? is a psychological novel about family secrets and a disturbing portrayal of the fragility of the mind.
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About the Author
I’ve been been writing for over thirty years. I realized my unhip credentials were mounting so I decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip is published by Night Publishing However, I’m not completely unhip. My punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published my novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka! (2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones including a version of my satirical novella Lost The Plot. Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007). I’ve had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and now published as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011) I also received a Southern Arts bursary for my novel Where A Shadow Played (now renamed ‘Did You Whisper Back?). I’m gradually in the process of getting most of my books published and previously unpublished work onto Smashwords and Kindle. My novels tend to be character-driven and a bit quirky or gritty – whether contemporary or retro – and deal with issues of today: drugs abuse, homelessness and neighbourhood conflicts, and a common theme is about the experience of being an outsider in society.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Amanda Court is a young woman on the brink of insanity. She's never felt comfortable in most places and around most people. She stays in her room as much as possible, creating poetry, and talking to her twin sister. Amanda thinks of her twin sister as her own reflection. According to Amanda, sister Jo was thrown in a dumpster as an infant, only she didn't die. Someone found her and she is alive and well ..somewhere. Her alcohol dependent mother won't talk to Amanda about her sister or her father. Finding 'evidence' that her sister is in Liverpool, Amanda bravely packs her bags and moves to Devon in order to be closer to her. She sinks further into her own mind .... her sister 'speaks' to her ... lamps talk and the ringing of a telephone terrifies her. This is a journey, of sorts, through the fragile mind of mental illness. It's the story of a dysfunctional family with deep rooted secrets. It seemed a little slow in the beginning, but the more I read, the more I was drawn in. It's a complex and compelling read. Many thanks to the author / TBC Reviewer Request Group (FB) for the digital copy of this psychological suspense. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.
This is a book you will want to read in one sitting in my opinion, it’s easily doable in an hour or so and it keeps you involved if there are no distractions. A deep, dark journey into one girls’ mind that explores thoughts, feelings and mental illness. If you suffer from schizophrenia it may be a *trigger* but it is so well written that the benefits of reading it show the fragility of the mind. I have suffered various mental health issues over the years so I am totally in agreement with any book/story that raises awareness and makes people think, accept and possibly investigate further. Amanda is a young woman who comes from a broken dysfunctional family. She is intent on finding her twin sister Jo who was cruelly discarded as a baby. The relationship she has with her alcohol dependent mother, step-sister Angie and step-father all have secrets which torment her mind. In her desperate bid to track Jo down she moves to Devon after finding a newspaper cutting that implies she may be there. Amanda takes a job as a chamber maid, tries to formulate friendships etc As the book progresses the characters all begin to reveal their personalities, Amanda withdraws and the world becomes a scary place. I found this absolutely fascinating as she sinks into a total oblivion. My allegiance altered regularly, pretty much all involved provoked me to the point I wasn’t sure who to like or trust. They all had struggles which make this a compelling read. By the end I was feeling fairly wrung-out at the conclusion but so pleased I read it. Did you Whisper is an incredibly powerful story. This poem from the book says it all for me: “Telephone telephone Someone plugged you in To the volts of their heart That they may make you ring Telephone telephone Are you resurrected? I don’t like you Quiet and disconnected Telephone telephone Receiver like an arm And wire that protects me From every living harm Telephone telephone With your mouthpiece so black When I whispered into you Did you whisper back? You cannot shout, you cannot curse There’s only your refrain So telephone, dear telephone Let’s be friends again.” Many thanks to Kate and Jenny at Neverland Blog Tours for my copy which I read and reviewed voluntarily.
Deep portrayal of a fragile mind It's an interesting story about Amanda who thinks she has a twin sister Jo and she searches to find her. The story brings the reader into the mentally confused woman and her fantasies, as she seeks to learn the truth. This is a psychological and disturbing portrayal of a fragile mind and it is well written. The reader can feel the pain and angst of Amanda as the secrets of her life and mind are revealed, as well as the deep fantasy that she has built for herself, safe in her own mind. **I received a FREE copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
Did You Whisper Back? by Kate Rigby Amanda Court seeks out her estranged twin sister Jo. But what she finds out is quite disturbing, there is no twin named Jo. We watch as Amanda and her family struggle with the hidden family secrets, lies and truths.A fantastic story of suspense and what can happen when you keep a secret hidden for so long. I really love the writing style of Kate Rigby, she brings life to her characters, and knows how to grab the readers attention by getting into the minds of each person dragging (the) reader into the story as if they are actually there. Fabulous read.