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The Whisperer

by Emelina Minero
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Jan 30, 2012
The Whisperer

What we see on the news does not usually surprise us. A shooting, a car crash, a kidnapping, another murder - it's always the same, but sometimes we witness something so disturbing that it breaks the monotony of the every day death we have normalized. It sticks with us. Like smoke to our clothes, it lingers in our thoughts.

"The Whisperer" by Donato Carrisi lingered in my mind. It lingered with me as I walked through the halls of my house at night. It lingered with me in my dreams. It is sickeningly disturbing, yet hard to put down.

"The Whisperer" is a murder mystery. It's a puzzle. It's a challenge. It's intriguing, but it's deeper than a fictional plot. It's a reflection of society, of you and of me.

The storyline is intricate and rich and switches back and forth between the point of view of an omniscient narrator and the different characters. The characters are far from fiction. They are your neighbors, your family, the clerk at the grocery store, the lady behind the pharmacy, the man at the gas station, the strangers you ignore your whole life. They are Debby, Anneke, Sabine, Melissa and Caroline - the five dead girls, ages 7 through 13, that were first found by five buried left arms. They are Goran Gavila, a civilian criminologist with a son and a wife who left him without word, Special Agent Stern, a straight laced, religious man who loves maintaining his clean appearance almost as much as he loves his wife, Klaus Boris, an expert interrogator who can charm, intimidate and infiltrate almost any mind, Sarah Rosa, a divorced computer expert with a troubled daughter, Roche, a police chief who acts more like a politician, and Mila, an expert in finding missing children and an expert in staying detached from her emotions - this is the investigative team.

Carrisi explores the human nature of each character, of society and of us. He blurs the lines between good and evil, between serial killer and your normal Jane Doe. He explores the evil in all humans and the notion that darkness resides in each of us, and that under the right circumstances - anybody can be conditioned to kill.

Carrisi toys with evil and perception. The parents of the victims, the city people, everyone not directly involved in the crime, are they not selfish? Do they not treat others with indifference? Did they not torture the victims in different ways?

If we can watch the death and horrors of the news and think nothing of it, what does that make us? Evil is everywhere. We see it everywhere, and yet life goes on, and this is normal.

If you want a book that will have you guessing until the end, a story that slowly reveals each detail, setting up a series of cliffhangers, a mystery that you likely will not solve on your own, a challenge that will keep your interest piqued, then you want to read "The Whisperer."

The Whisperer
Donato Carrisi
Mulholland Books, 2012

Emelina Minero writes for Curve Magazine. She also runs two online communities: Community Bucket List, which helps people to achieve their goals and live their passions and the Love Warrior Community, which helps people to cultivate self-love and body acceptance.


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