This is our little secret. You must not tell anyone…
When four-year-old Ollie comes back from his first sleepover with his dad and his new girlfriend, Laura, his mother Sarah senses a change in her son’s behaviour. Something happened last night. Something he won’t tell her about.
Tucking Ollie into bed, she notices his beloved teddy bear, which she bought him when he was born, is missing and in its place is a new toy given to him by Laura. When she asks Ollie about it, he begins to shift uncomfortably, before whispering ‘Laura told me a big secret and she said I can never to tell you.’
Sarah’s heart sinks. But when she raises her concerns, nobody wants to listen. To everyone else, Laura is the perfect stepmother and Sarah is just the jealous ex-wife.
Soon Ollie is asking to spend more time with his dad and Laura, and shrinking away from Sarah. Then, when she calls to him in the garden one day, Ollie doesn’t answer back. The garden is silent. Ollie’s sandpit is empty. Ollie has disappeared.
If you love a book that keeps twisting and turning, then you’ll love The Whisper – it’s guaranteed to keep you up all night. Perfect for fans of Claire McGowan, Shalini Boland and Lisa Jewell.