The Whispers by Heidi Perks @heidiperksbooks @arrowpublishing #TheWhispers

Today it’s my turn to review The Whispers by Heidi Perks as part of the blog tour. Many thanks to Rachel Kennedy for my blog tour invite and organising my review copy of 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 and a son she adores. Surely she wouldn’t abandon them and her perfect life. . .

But what has happened to her?

At the school gates, it’s not long before the rumours start. 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 a the pressure mounts, it won’t be long before something cracks. . .

Fans of Big Little Lies are in for treat with Heidi Perks latest gripping tale of playground politics and female friendships. I love Heidis books and as soon as I saw the blurb for The Whispers I knew it was a book I needed to read. I had a really awful time when my twins were in primary school dealing with the playground “mummy mafia” so I knew I would be quite disturbed by a plot line involving a clique of mummy friends but also that I’d be quite well qualified to comment too! And The Whispers does a brilliant job of conveying that not only the toxicity of these friendships but also the emotional intensity of women thrown together due to having no more in common than having children of the same age. But these relationships can be lifesavers for mothers and can form a protective bubble from the difficulties of motherhood with its support system. However, The Whispers takes that system and twists everything that these women think they know about each other-and someone isn’t going to be happy about that…

This was an intense read! With its shocking twists challenging everything you thought you knew, The Whispers is a compelling and powerfully written book that will grip you from that very first page. The storyline felt so relatable with its themes of friendship and the fierce, female loyalty of that unique relationship between school mums. But my own loyalties were challenged as I started to find out more about the characters and their backstories. A mums night out takes an unexpected turn that leads to a shocking disappearance and the consequences of that didn’t take quite the path I thought it would! And I couldn’t decided whether I hated the group of mums and their intense devotion to each other or wanted to be part of it! But as more secrets bubbled to the surface of their unity, I knew that I was in it for the long run-much like they were no matter how hard they tried to hide the truth.

I raced through The Whispers! It’s a compulsive and thrilling storyline that grabbed me from page one. I adored it-Heidi Perks has absolutely done it again!

Heidi Perks lives by the sea in Bournemouth with her husband and two children.
Heidi graduated from Bournemouth University with a BA (Hons) in Retail Management, and then enjoyed a career in Marketing before leaving in 2012 to focus on both bringing up her family and writing.
Heidi successfully applied for a place on the inaugural Curtis Brown Creative online Novel Writing Course and after that dedicated her time to completing her first novel, Beneath The Surface.
She has a huge interest in what makes people tick and loves to write about family relationships, especially where some of the characters are slightly dysfunctional.
Her second novel, Now You See Her was published by Century, part of the Penguin Random House group in 2018 and became a Sunday Times Bestseller and Richard and Judy book club pick.
Her third novel Come Back For Me is out July 2019 and she is now writing her fourth to be released in 2020.

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I am a Norfolk girl living in leafy Cheshire with my grumpy Scotsman. A mum and nana who lives for my family but who is also addicted to reading (and Marmite!) I will read almost anything but my preferred genres to review are psychological thrillers, crime procedural novels or women's fiction. My kindle is my life but I also have a substantial bookshelf in my cosy reading room where I can go to escape the stresses of family life with plenty of tea and chocolate. I am a member of netgalley and bookbridg. I review on Amazon, where I'm a Top 500 reviewer, and Goodreads. You can always find me over on Twitter @jocatrobertson for any review requests.

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