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3.00128949065119 out of 53.00128949065119 out of 53.00128949065119 out of 53.00128949065119 out of 53.00128949065119 out of 5 3.00 (1,551 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Donato Carrisi Narrator: Carol Monda Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2012 ISBN: 9781611133547
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A gripping literary thriller and smash bestseller that has taken Italy, France, Germany and the UK by storm

Six severed arms are discovered, arranged in a mysterious circle and buried in a clearing in the woods. Five of them appear to belong to missing girls between the ages of eight and eighteen. The sixth is yet to be identified. Worse still, the girls’ bodies, alive or dead, are nowhere to be found.

Lead investigators Mila Vasquez, a celebrated profiler, and Goran Gavila, an eerily prescient criminologist, dive into the case. They’re confident they’ve got the right suspect in their sights until they discover no link between him and any of the kidnappings except the first. The evidence in the case of the second missing child points in a vastly different direction, creating more questions than it answers.

Vasquez and Gavila begin to wonder if they’ve been brought in to take the fall in a near-hopeless case. Is it all coincidence? Or is a copycat criminal at work? Obsessed with a case that becomes more tangled and intense as they unravel the layers of evil, Gavila and Vasquez find that their lives are increasingly in each other’s hands.

The Whisperer, as sensational a bestseller in Europe as the Stieg Larsson novels, is that rare creation: a thought-provoking, intelligent thriller that is also utterly unputdownable.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This story screams high tension, high stakes, and high velocity. Superb.”

    Michael Connelly

  • “Donato Carrisi has a unique gift for blending fascinating forensic detail, mind-bending plot twists, and empathetic characters into a seamless, powerful narrative. The Whisperer intrigues, informs, and haunts simultaneously, a novel that will linger in the mind long after you've finished.”

    Michael Koryta

  • I defy anyone to guess the denouement.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “More than delivers on its ghoulish promise…you might not want to read this alone in the house.”

    Time Out (London)

  • “Exquisite. Readers who appreciate manipulation, both of plots and themselves, by the author, and those who appreciate a shock of bloody horror will be absolutely enthralled by this offering.” 

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “The Whisperer’s narrative moves with utter frenzy and retains a compelling compassion…and some twists at the end are really breathtaking.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Employs the graceful turns of phrase common to literary fiction…Carrisi's villain is a suitable cohort for Hannibal Lecter, and his detectives are intelligently nuanced, each struggling, sometimes failing, to cope with the depravity into which they immerse themselves in the name of good. A haunting, disconcerting, devastating portrait of evil.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of Best Noir Novels

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenni-Lynn Snider | 2/20/2014

    " Great thriller. A lot of characters to keep up with at first but soon it starts to move seamlessly between them and is easy to follow. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ineke Van | 2/5/2014

    " Fast-paced thriller that keeps the reader spellbound, albeit with some tortuous twists and unexpected ending, and sometimes a bit long in the tooth. Not totally for the faint-hearted. Being told to pay attention to character development of the major ones in this thriller, the author fell short of doing this well. Nevertheless, I found it a good read esp because it was never predictable.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 2/1/2014

    " At times very poorly written, and it also may suffer in translation, but the plot is great, and I couldn't wait to finish it. Very enjoyable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Iris | 1/7/2014

    " wauw wat een goed boek. net geen 5 sterren. onvoorspelbaar en adembenemend. ga zeker meer lezen van deze schrijver. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 12/31/2013

    " I read this in Paris (left by previous tenants). Kind of gory and frightening, but better than the book I'd brought with me. Kept me interested but seemed a bit far fetched at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 12/30/2013

    " This was the best book I've read in a long time, and definitely the best mystery book I've ever read. There was not a single twist I saw coming, and they come up until the last page. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 KC | 12/28/2013

    " This happens to be one of the best crime novels I have ever read. As cross between Criminal Minds and Law and Order SVU. A gruesome tale about child abduction, seial killers, and the team trying to stop it from continuing. Wonderfully written by Italian writer Donato Carrisi. A must read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/21/2013

    " The Whisperer by Donato Carrisi and translated by Shaun Whiteside (Mulholland Books) is an impressive first novel by an Italian television writer, about a person able to persuade ordinary people to kill, serially or not. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Samantha | 11/24/2013

    " Chilling! Kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I was reading it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debby | 10/31/2013

    " Weird and disturbing, but the twists made this great reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 10/23/2013

    " I never got into translation books but this one is super. On the lines of Silence of the Lambs in that you just don't know "who dun it" until the last page, but definitely not for the faint of heart. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Liam Berry | 9/21/2013

    " this book was so bad i had to give up halfway through as it was just making me angry. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Silpa Parmar | 1/14/2013

    " Genius! One of the most well-written and engaging novels that I have read in a long time. A page turner if ever there was one... Preferably not to be read at night in an empty apartment though! A great read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geraldine | 9/17/2012

    " This book kept me enthralled throughout however, I was VERY disappointed by the ending and the fact the plot I was continually looking for throughout the book never appeared. Enjoyable, but frustrating. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lisa | 6/26/2012

    " Hard to get thru. Had to force myself to finish it. Very messy, overly complicated. Lacked character development. Unnecessarily gruesome, adding no value to the story. I don't get the hype. Would not recommend. 2 stars for effort. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Celia Lynch | 3/22/2012

    " Up to the standards of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo but felt a bit copy cat somehow. Although very well done. Look forward to the next book. "

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About the Author
Author Donato CarrisiDonato Carrisi was born in 1973 and studied law and criminology. Since 1999 he has been working as a TV screenwriter. He lives in Rome. THE WHISPERER is his first novel.
About the Narrator

Carol Monda is an award-winning actor known for her work in Out of Season, After You Left, and The Gentlemen. She is an accomplished voice-over artist and an AudioFile Earphones Award–winning audiobook narrator, having lent her voice to over one hundred audiobooks, including New York Times bestsellers by Jodi Picoult, Lucia Berlin, Lisa Jackson, Chuck Palahniuk, Colum McCann, and Carla Neggers.