Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Whispers & The Burning Girl de Lisa Unger

The Whispers: A Whispers Story (The Whispers Series)
Pocket Star (Oct. 27 2014)
66 pages - 1.99 $ (Kindle Edition)

First book of the series (there are three). These are short novels (66 pages, this is actually very short!). I was intrigued by the slightly supernatural side (a psychic helps police) of this novel. And then I thought it would change me some pretty violent novels I've read lately!

The Burning Girl: A Whispers Story (The Whispers Series)Pocket Star (Nov. 25 2014)
75 pages - 1.99 $ (Kindle Edition)

Second book of the series and I read it in stride. It must be said that it is so short that finish first short novel resembles a coitus interruptus: in feel good that there is a sequel, but it ends there. In short, so I read the first two series in one sitting.

The blurb

In the first story short, Eloise Montgomery and daughter survive a tragedy in which she lost her husband and her other daughter. Then they learn to live in their new reality Eloise begins to have visions. She "gets" home people dead or in danger. Not knowing what to do at first, she eventually talk to the police and to assist in an investigation.

In the second book, a few years have passed. Eloise and her daughter are in conflict (his daughter never really liked that his mother had visions). Eloise and the cop she helped in the first volume are now partners and conduct investigations.

What's good about it?

We have all heard of psychic who help the police one time or another. Heard that some police officers do not hesitate to use their service. And then, almost everyone saw The Sixth Sense! So it's a recurring and more or less credible subject (according to your beliefs!) Both books actually read very quickly. I guess you can read the three in an evening (and no, I have not read the third).

The first was more interesting, there is an investigation about a missing girl (and we agree that to the extent that I like thrillers, that counts for a lot in my opinion!) Eloise has "received" this girl at home and was able to help the police. The novel, although very (very) short managed to camp characters, make us feel their emotions, their pain and  Eloise's struggle to forgive the author of her tragedy. This is sufficiently well written and narrated that I started reading the second book immediately, as if the end of the book was a chapter end.

The second book, meanwhile, is weaker. It doesn't happen much, no real investigation or real mystery elucidated. I guess it has to do with the idea of letting go that Eloise struggles with as she remains frozen in time, at the time of her tragedy and she has some difficulty moving forward. So if that was the goal, it's really well done! If not... I felt the same frustration or boredom in reading the second novella I felt by reading the second volume of the Millennium trilogy. This impression that the author fills some gaps between the first and third volume in which all happens. Despite this, the writing is still as enjoyable and easy. We discover a new character, Agatha, a very renowned psychic who helps Eloise and brings some freshness and exoticism.

In a nutshell

I will not speak for the third part of this trilogy, but the first two are nice, they can be read quickly and will delight readers who want to start AND finish a book (or even three), while they have only a few hours before them. It's a 3.5/5 for me. 

Disclaimer: An e-galley of this title was provided to me by the publisher. No review was promised and the above is an unbiased review of the novel.

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