Thursday, February 21, 2013

Jen's Thoughts + Giveaway: The Murmurings by Carly Ann West


Published: March 5, 2013
Simon Pulse, hardcover, 384pgs
Source: publisher
GoodReads Summary: A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel.
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...


I don't know what it is with me and psychological thrillers, you guys, but I flock to them. I want to read a book that makes me question the characters' sanity and my sanity and OH MY GOD WHAT IS THAT OUTSIDE MY WINDOW? There's just something about the unhinged that intrigues me. After all, our own minds are often the scariest creatures out there.

So imagine my delight/horror when I read about The Murmurings, about Sophie David who is starting to HEAR THINGS. The same things that drove her sister to a seriously twisted suicide of hanging by her big toe from a tree. I CAN'T HANDLE THIS. What if these voices aren't just a symptom of her schizophrenia?  Hello, unreliable narrators. I love you. You make my reading experiences more enjoyable and psychotic, and for that, I thank you.

Honestly? I was hoping for more outright scary moments than what I got. The Murmurings definitely had a slow burn in many aspects: the romance, the developing story, and the scares. I was expecting a "put the book in the freezer" (can't help but give a nod to Joey Tribbiani) read, but what I got was a "lurking just around the corner, always out of sight" sense of impending doom.  And I think that was sufficient. And I don't think I'll be able to look at mirrors for extended periods of time anymore, just in case what I happen to see is not my reflection and is one of "the Takers." Doesn't that name just freak you out? WHAT IS IT THEY WANT TO TAKE, you ask? Read this book. Then commence peeing your pants.

I thought the story, while it crept along ominously, was decently paced and Carly Anne West sure can write. Her prose was easy to read, kept my interest, and got just enough under your skin where you felt unsettled. The Murmurings is less "in your face" scary and more of a subtle creep factor, perfect for a night at home by yourself. You know, if you want to burn out all your lightbulbs in your house from keeping them on and condemning yourself from uncountable years of bad luck from smashing all your mirrors.
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19 comments:

  1. I actually just stumbled across your blog today, and I am so glad I did!! Firstly, I just want to tell you that I already love your blog just for the simple reason that you referenced Friends in the first entry I read! Also, this book sounds awesome!! I'm a sucker for a good psychological thriller, and this one sounds really really good! I'm definitely going to have to read this when it comes out!

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  2. Oh my gosh this sounds so freakin scary, Jen! Books like this scare the living daylights out of me, but for some reason every now and then I like to read them too.

    You made me bust out laughing at the Joey reference. I watched a Friends marathon the other day and I swear I could almost talk along with some of the episodes. That has nothing to do with this book, which sounds utterly creepy! Great review, as always, kept me in stitches. AND made my heart beat fast. :)

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  3. Legit haven't read a good psychological thriller since Girl With The Dragon Tattoo...does that even count? Crime thriller? Similar...whatever. This sounds really good! WAIT, Gemma Doyle series is kinda creepy, read that a few months ago. Geez, I'm a spaz. Def have to check this one out. Sounds creep-tastic.

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  4. YES! The suspenseful, slow creepy ones are the worst! That's what killed me when I watched Paranormal Activity...nothing happened for like, half the movie, and then shit went DOWN, and it was sooo scary! I'm so excited to read this one! Thanks for hosting the giveaway :D

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  5. I'm glad you let us know that this is more of a creeper in the bushes read and not a slasher in your face read. Both are spooky but in totally different ways!

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  6. I cannot tell you the most scared I have ever been because no one will believe what happened and I don't want to be dubbed as psychotic. Oh, wait. Heh. But I saw a ghost once, and that was the short of it. I really want this book. O_O

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  7. I'm glad you seemed to have enjoyed this one more or less! I've been looking forward to The Murmurings ever since the cover and blurb were released, but it seems like most reviews have been firmly in the "meh" area, which is a shame. I'm definitely more drawn to the subtle, slow-build thrillers myself, so that's a plus!

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  8. Being left alone AFTER watching a scary movie. *shudder* I watched Freddy Krueger and couldn't sleep that night or the night after!

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  9. When I was about 8 and went over to a friend's house to watch I Know What You Did Last Summer. Her parents were already asleep and it was storming outside...needless to say I had nightmares for about a week!

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  10. Hmm would I like this one?? Like I love SCARY SCARY -- both like "this could happen in real life scary" or just creepy scary..oh and even psychological creepy. I can't tell if it would be TOO subtle for me. I do like the lurking around the corner kind of stuff because it makes me all tense. WAH I can't tell! I've seen so many mixed reviews. Also friends reference FTW. Oh Joey.

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  11. This sounds so creepy, but in a good way. Omg, the Takers. I don't even know if I'll finish this book. I'm scared already. ><

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    1. Oh, so the most scared I've ever been is probably after doing a project for school. We had to research about haunted places and I came across a hospital that's actually near my house. Well, I'm certainly never going in there.

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  12. This looks so creepy, and I love creepy! Definitely adding it to my to read list!

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  13. The most scared I've ever been was not anything actually creepy or anything I've watched or read, but it was when I had my wallet stolen at the movie theater a few years back. I had a TON of money in it, my ID, stuff like that.

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  14. I can't do scary movies but I am pretty excited to try a scary book!

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  15. When I was a summer camp counselor and I was out camping with my middle school aged group, and we could hear bears in the forest.

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  16. This creepy book sounds creepy indeed. While I don't normally go for books that scare me or creep me out, I may have to try this one. We'll see if I find the guts to do so though...

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  17. I love psychological thrillers! And I'm glad to hear this one is good. I wasn't even going to put it on my TBR because I see "suicide" and usually start losing focus. I tend to not read "issue" books so "suicide" is kind of a trigger word for me to move along, but "creepy," on the other hand is a word that has me immediately picking up a book.

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