Hi everyone! I am really excited to be one of the tour stops today for Little Whispers by K.L. Slater, which is hosted by the amazing team at Bookouture!
Author: K.L. Slater
Publication Date: 21 May 2020
Genre: Adult Fiction – Domestic Thriller
You shared a secret with the wrong person.
Janey Markham is thrilled to be moving with her family to Buckingham Crescent, the smartest address in a desirable suburban town.
Worried she’ll be excluded by the glossy local mothers, Janey is thrilled when she meets Tanya, the kind of woman she has always looked up to. Tanya takes Janey under her wing, and her teenage daughter Angel is amazing with Janey’s little boy. As Janey and Tanya grow closer, Janey feels she can finally leave her troubled past behind.
But then everything changes…
In a weak moment over a bottle of wine, Janey finds herself telling Tanya her most shocking secret. Why wouldn’t she trust her new friend?
The following day, Janey sees Angel, with a man old enough to be her father, pushing someone into a car. The next day a body is found and police appeal for witnesses – and share a picture of the same car…
When Janey tells Tanya she is going to the police, Tanya turns threatening. She’ll stop at nothing to defend Angel, even if her daughter is guilty. If Janey says anything, Tanya will make sure that her dark secret gets out.
Janey faces an impossible choice. Stay quiet about what she saw that terrible day. Or speak up, and destroy the family she has worked so hard to protect…
From million-copy bestseller K.L. Slater comes this twisty and absolutely unputdownable roller-coaster ride of a read. Fans of The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl will be totally hooked on Little Whispers.
I have had the pleasure of reading and loving several of K.L. Slater’s books now, so as soon as I heard about Little Whispers, I knew that I needed to get my hands on it immediately.
Following the death of her mother, Janey hasn’t been the same since her mother confessed the most shocking news on her deathbed. When Isaac is offered the opportunity of a lifetime in his IT career, they pack up and head to a new town with their son Rowan in tow.
A new house, a new school, and new neighbors sounds like the perfect distraction for Janey.
Janey is determined to fit into the group of local mothers and quickly finds friendship with Tanya. Tanya’s teenage daughter Angel quickly bonds with Rowan, so Janey feels like this new arrangement is a match made in heaven. One afternoon after a bit too much wine, Janey accidentally tells her secret to Tanya…and then everything starts to change.
I’ll be honest, the first 60% of this story was the slowest of slow burns for me. The first half of the story focuses on Janey and her relationship with the mothers in her new community. It essentially turns into the gossiping housewife trope, which I am not a fan of. I even considered DNFing at one point, but I powered through because I know that this author always proves me wrong in the end.
I am so glad that I powered through because the last 40% of the book is the EXACT heart pumping, thrilling suspense that I have come to associate with this author. Everything that I thought I knew about the story blew up in my face, and I loved it. The final twist was utterly jaw dropping.
Overall, this is a slow-burn domestic thriller that takes its time revealing itself, but the climax ending will leave you breathless.
Thank you to Bookouture for the blog tour invite as well as providing a review copy through NetGalley. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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For many years, Kim sent her work out to literary agents but never made it off the slush pile. At the age of 40 she went back to Nottingham Trent University and now has an MA in Creative Writing.
Before graduating, she received five offers of representation from London literary agents which was, as Kim says, ‘a fairytale … at the end of a very long road!’
Kim is a full-time writer and lives in Nottingham with her husband, Mac.