“Where the most Dangerous place – is inside your own head…
Following a London Tube disaster, three traumatised survivors turn to clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willerby, for help – but she’s mystified when their stories don’t add up. Her confusion turns to horror when one by one, instead of recovering, they start committing suicide.
When her partner, Conrad, begins to suffer the same terrifying flashbacks, Sam is desperate to find out what is causing them and a mysterious and chilling crime begins to unravel.
Then the flashbacks begin for Sam…
The first book in the Dr Samantha Willerby Series, INSIDE THE WHISPERS is a tense, haunting Psychological Thriller that will leave your nerves in shreds.”
I am absolutely thrilled to welcome you to my stop on the Inside the Whispers blog tour. Inside the Whispers was published on 20th October 2016 and is written by the very talented A.J. Waines who has created a different yet brilliant protagonist in the form of Dr. Samantha Willerby.
Hospital based clinical psychologist, Dr Samantha Willberby is starting to feel alarmed. Sam helps patients after they suffer trauma, talking through their experiences and helping them learn to cope with what has happened to them. Three of her patients suddenly recall a traumatic escape from an underground fire, but that was not the reason they were initially referred to Sam. Being the consummate professional she does all she can to help them come to terms with the harrowing events, but things aren’t adding up. Samantha takes it upon herself to do a little investigating in her spare time, only to confirm her suspicions. No matter what her patients say, they couldn’t have been in the tube fire. Then, one by one, her three tube patients commit suicide. What could Sam have done differently? Full of remorse, she starts to notice similar signs in her boyfriend. Then he starts to recount memories from a tube station fire which Sam knows he didn’t experience. Can Dr Willberby work out what is going on before her boyfriend becomes the next victim…?
Before I say anything else, I have to shout from the rooftops that I loved this book! Now, I’m no expert in clinical psychology (or any psychology for that matter!) but if the theories in this book are real then crikey, that’s seriously scary stuff. If they are not real, then I am more than happy to suspend my belief and you should do the same. An absolutely brilliant read!
Dr Samantha Willerby is now one of my favourite fictional characters. And how refreshing to have a clinical psychologist as the lead character. The budding new relationship between Samantha and her sister, Miranda was wonderful to read. Although having not seen each other for many years things start out quite strained and I did feel a little uncomfortable at times. Miranda is also a brilliant, well written character who I hope will make a return in any Dr Willerby sequels. There were several other brilliant characters featured who I either loved, or loved to hate!
The plot was twisty and it grabbed my attention with both hands. When I was busy doing other things (like feeding my children) I was thinking about this book. I didn’t want to put it down, it was so good. I’m fascinated by psychology so this book was a real treat for me. It was my first A.J. Waines read but it certainly won’t be my last.
Five out of five stars.
Many thanks to A.J. Waines for providing me with a copy of Inside the Whispers in exchange for an honest review.
AJ Waines has sold over ¼ of a million books worldwide and topped the UK and Australian Kindle Charts in 2015 with her number one bestseller, Girl on a Train. She was a Psychotherapist for fifteen years, during which time she worked with ex-offenders from high-security institutions, gaining a rare insight into criminal and abnormal psychology. AJ Waines is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in France, Germany (Random House) and USA (audiobooks).
Her fourth novel, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and in 2016 was ranked in the Top 10 UK authors on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).
AJ Waines lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband. Visit her website and blog, or follow her on Twitter and Facebook.