Published: March 5, 2013
Simon Pulse, hardcover, 384pgs
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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