Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage to Tamara, a first chance at fatherhood to her son Elijah, and a quiet but pleasant life as an art teacher at Elijah’s elementary school in Danvers, Virginia. Then the body of a rabbit, ritualistically murdered, appears on the school grounds with a birthday card for Richard tucked beneath it. Richard doesn’t have a birthday—but Sean does . . .
Sean is a five-year-old boy who has just moved to Greenfield, Virginia, with his mother. Like most mothers of the 1980s, she’s worried about bills, childcare, putting food on the table . . . and an encroaching threat to American life that can take the face of anyone: a politician, a friendly neighbor, or even a teacher. When Sean’s school sends a letter to the parents revealing that Sean’s favorite teacher is under investigation, a white lie from Sean lights a fire that engulfs the entire nation—and Sean and his mother are left holding the match.
Now, thirty years later, someone is here to remind Richard that they remember what Sean did. And though Sean doesn’t exist anymore, someone needs to pay the price for his lies.
My first Clay Chapman book but it has left me excited to read more of his work! From the cover of the book I wasn’t quite sure what I was letting myself in for. To be honest, if I had passed the book in a shop or in the library I would have kept on walking and wouldn’t have given it a second glance but then I would have seriously missed out! However, after seeing the book on Twitter a few times, I did my research and was compelled to give it a go.
The book tells the story of both ‘Sean’ and ‘Richard’ who are, as you work out very early on in the book, one of the same. At the beginning of each chapter you are told who is telling the story which I really liked as it saved any confusion and made it a straight forward read. However, eventually their stories become so intertwined that ‘Sean’ begins to make more and more of an appearance in Richard’s story.
Whisper Down the Lane is inspired by the Satanic Panic of the 80’s which is not something I was familiar with prior to reading this book but is absolutely something I want to read about and understand further. The story is so gripping and twisted that I couldn’t work out what was going to happen next and so I found myself unable to put the book down. I was particularly enthralled by the interview excerpts that are included and couldn’t believe the way this little boy was being questioned in such a goading and leading manner, it was jaw-dropping.
Clay Chapman’s, ‘Whisper Down the Lane’ is full of suspense. It’s gripping and captivating and a book you won’t be able to put down or forget in a hurry! I would most certainly recommend it!
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