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The Whispers

The Whispers von Greg Howard

Ever since Riley’s mum went missing, he has been trying to cope. The detective in charge is a right tool and Riley decides he wants to go look for his mum on his own. Clinging to the legend, that The Whispers – tiny forest creatures – would know if only they were given a proper tribute Riley formulates a plan to get his mother back.

At his side, Tucker, the most loyal dog a boy could wish for.

Even though I finished the book a while ago, it took me some time to think about the book, the story, the characters and the message it was trying to convey. It was a very emotional read, at the end of which I cried for several reasons.

The book touches upon a lot of important topics and only after I read the notes by the author at the back I realised how close to heart he must carry a lot of these topics. Greg Howard grew up a gay boy in a very conservative household and lost his mother at a very young age. I have a feeling that The Whispers is both fiction and autobiography which makes it even more emotional to read.

Melancholy story with a main character that has too much time on his hands and starts his own inestigation to find his missing mother. Beautiful, bibliophilic and careful writing style that drew me right into the atmosphere of the story. Realistic, relatable characters and an ending I had suspected but it still hit me like a brick.

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