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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Rose McFarland is a SWAT sniper. She has had to go through hell to get to this point in her life. It may be a struggle but she has come a long way. Then she starts hearing the Whispers. She keeps ignoring them until she meets a half brother that she never knew about, Charlie, at work. Now Charlie won’t stay dead and the Whispers are getting stronger. This is an amazing read and I can’t believe that this is a first book from Laurel Hightower. Sign me up; I can’t wait for any of her future books. Rose survived abuse as a kid and the death of her father and brother in a fire which she still carries the scars. But she is a strong female lead and a great mother to her four year old son. I simply loved that part of the story. But then there are the Whispers and an amazing paranormal twist. The dead want to come back. Rose has some abilities that she is going to have to acknowledge and some nightmares she is going to have to face. Her family has a specific skill and she is going to learn to use it. I strongly recommend checking this book out. You have a great paranormal thriller that will have you creeped out and swept up in the rush to the end. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
I am blown away by Laurel Hightower’s first novel, Whispers in the Dark. Very impressive. The fabulous cover fits the dark story on the pages inside…the doors of hell opening up to her, calling her, the dead demanding her attention. Some warn her, others want…something from her. Is her son in danger? Her daughter? Her friends and coworkers? All the characters have their part to play and I must say, I wouldn’t mind killing a couple of them myself, in the book of course. lol Her son, Tommy, is the sweetest, bravest four year old I have come across. I love Laurel’s description of grandparents…if the children are bad, they had to sit on the couch, watch cartoons and eat chocolate while they thought about what they’d done. LOL I love stories like Whispers in the Dark, insidious evil lurking… Her past was filled with terror and torture…visions, ghosts and the whispers, and now I know why. Her job with SWAT had put them to bed, until…Charlie Akers. Is that a whisper I hear? Is that a shadow in the corner? Are those footsteps climbing the cellar stairs? You know there has to be at least one cellar! The rich detail of the writing made me almost feel them reaching out for me, seeing their eyes peering at me out of the dark corners. To get the full effect, I recommend reading the story at night, when you are alone, turning off all the lights and letting your imagination run wild. HA HA HA I couldn’t put down Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower and it freaked me out. I love sneaky evil oozing its way off the pages, into my mind. I was very happy with the ending, and I didn’t know what it would be. Laurel Hightower did a fabulous job with her first attempt at writing a novel and I can hardly wait to see where she goes from here. I am very impressed, can find no fault, and give it a giant stamp of approval…and, Laurel, I will be stalking you. I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower.