Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Review: Whisper by Lynette Noni

Some novels open with a great hook and never quite live up to their promise and, sadly, Whisper, is one of them. A young woman 'Jane Doe' as she has become known has been imprisoned and experimented on in a secret government facility for two years. Her captors want her to speak, to tell them her name, but Jane holds a terrible secret and she knows that if she speaks, the consequences could be deadly ...

This one started with a great idea, but failed to live up to its potential. With every twist, the story lost the very thing that made it unique and interesting and it soon began to follow a path that experienced readers of speculative fiction may find a tad predictable. Some parts of the novel were quite similar to The Girl With All the Gifts, though this one was a bit more light hearted and humorous in places. And one thing that I do think is worth mentioning--I was a bit surprised that a novel written by an Australian author, published in Australia and set in Australia would use American spellings throughout. (Though "mum" was one notable, and pleasing, exception.) All that said, I did feel some empathy for Jane and her predicament, and wondered what would become of some of the other major characters.

This one will probably be of interest to readers in the 12-14 year old age bracket who are looking for a twisty read written by the author of The Medoran Chronicles

Whisper is the first instalment in a new series.

This book was read as part of the Aussie Author Challenge 2018