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Published by Simon Pulse on February 4, 2014
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(Last Updated On: June 1, 2022)
A teen starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this “atmospheric, paranormal chiller (that) will appeal to fans of Stephen King” (VOYA).
The voices in her head are not her own...
Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.
As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not…
“Heart-thumping.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Satisfyingly disturbing.” —BCCB
“The perfect mix of horror and psychological thriller. Jaw-dropping.” —Shelf Awareness
The Murmurings Summary
Sophie’s sister heard voices. Nobody knows for sure what it was that she was hearing, but of course, everyone just assumes that since she’s hearing things, she’s crazy.
So what does her mom do? Sends her to the local asylum of course, where she should be medicated and helped to become better, though instead she ends up escaping and commits suicide. It’s as simple as that… or is it?
Characters in The Murmurings by Carly Anne West
Sophie was such a great main character. She knew that maybe there was something more to her sister’s suicide, because she knew deep down that her sister wouldn’t willingly do that to herself.
The thing is, Nell was actually one of those really popular girls at school and everything, so it was weird when she went crazy and started hearing things because people were unsure of what to think because of her status.
The sad thing is that Sophie and Nell’s mother just stays in bed all the time and doesn’t really do much because she doesn’t know what to do – she’s depressed.
At school, Sophie ends up befriending Evan which was pretty cool. I really liked the way that Evan was interested in Sophie even though she wasn’t one of the popular kids.
At first, Sophie doesn’t believe that someone like him would actually want to talk to her, so she finds it a bit strange. Though as the story goes on, a strong friendship grows between the two and it may even be something more in the end.
The mystery aspect of this book with the doctors and the idea of a crazy ghost were just really creepy. (Oh-that’s another thing. I wouldn’t exactly consider this a horror book like the cover suggests-I’d say that it’s more of a thriller. So, bear that in mind if you pick up this book.)
The entire book I was wondering what was happening with Sophie and what really happened to her older sister and the guy that she ran away with.
An interesting addition to this story are little snippets of Nell’s diary which Sophie mysteriously found in her car a long time ago.
It really gave the reader an insight onto what it was like inside the walls of where Nell was staying and the way that she was “treated” by others. It had the reader question whether Nell was actually crazy or not, which was really great.
Yet another plus of this story is that it’s a standalone. It was nicely wrapped up in the end and I didn’t have to go run out and buy another book to find out what happened!
I greatly enjoyed the mystery aspect of this story as well as the romance between Evan and Sophie, though in the beginning I did feel that it was a bit sudden for romance to be happening already. I mean, they had barely even known each other when they fell for each other, but I guess that does happen sometimes in real life too.
In the end, The Murmurings by Carly Anne West was a great book if you’re looking for a thrilling book that you could read in one sitting because you won’t want to put it down!
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