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John's Review of WHISPERS IN THE DARK by Laurel Hightower

Whispers in the Dark by Laurel Hightower found it’s way to my TBR the same way many books have lately, discovery through Bookstagram or Twitter. An interesting synopsis, excellent word of mouth and a beautiful cover made this book shoot up my TBR pile faster than most do. I started the book and fell in love with it almost instantly. This is a book that I own a physical copy and a kindle copy of. I took both copies with me wherever I went to make sure whatever scenario I was in, I’d be able to read it, even if only for a short while.


The book follows Rose McFarland, a sniper for a Memphis S.W.A.T team, as a supernatural “gift” she has threatens not only herself but everyone she loves. Let me start off by saying that Hightower has crafted an awesome protagonist in Rose McFarland. Rose is a strong, compelling character who’s few faults serve to add depth to her character, not make her a damsel in distress who needs saving. She is a woman haunted by the emotional and physical scars left on her by an abusive father and a mother who loathes her. Despite her past and an emotionally and physically taxing job, she still manages to juggle complicated relationships and motherhood. Rose must confront her past and battle doubts about what her job makes her. Whispers in the Dark is wonderfully written. Laurel Hightower knows exactly when to step on the gas, bringing the scares and action, while still being able to slow it down, fleshing out the story and the characters. As I neared the end of the book, I found myself unable to put it down. I stayed up well into the night to finish it, knowing that I needed to be up just a few short hours later. I didn’t care. The book was that good and I needed to see it through to its satisfying conclusion.


Whispers in the Dark is quite literally the perfect debut novel. Everything about this book is well written. You’ve got a strong, compelling female protagonist, an extremely interesting story and enough creepiness spread throughout to keep you second-guessing turning the lights off. Laurel Hightower has proven herself as an author to keep on your radar with her debut offering, Whispers in the Dark.

5 out of 5 stars

John is a native of Cranston, Rhode Island. He served 4 years in the United States Marine Corps, deploying twice to Iraq and Afghanistan. He’s a lover of all things horror, pizza and cheeseburgers.  When he’s not reading or watching boxing he spends his time with his amazing wife and two beautiful sons.

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