“The most dangerous place is inside your own head…
Dr Samantha Willerby, a specialist in Post Traumatic Stress, has never seen anything like this before. Following a fire on the London Underground, three survivors seek her help but although unmistakably traumatised, their stories don’t match the facts. Are they ‘faking it’? Sam’s confusion turns to horror when one by one, instead of recovering, they are driven to suicide.
When her lover, Conrad, begins to suffer the same terrifying flashbacks, Sam is desperate to find out what’s causing them. As a mysterious and chilling conspiracy begins to unravel the nightmares begin for Sam…”
Happy Monday book lovers! I am delighted to be able to reshare my review of the outstanding Inside The Whispers, book one in the Samantha Willerby Mystery series, by A.J. Waines with you today. Inside The Whispers has been republished by Bloodhound Books today so it had to be done – particularly as this book was one of my favourite reads of 2016.
Now for a short disclaimer; you may or not be aware that I recently started working for the brilliant Bloodhound Books as their Publicity and Social Media Manager. I read and reviewed Inside The Whispers back in 2016 and nothing about my review (apart from the cover and the first couple of lines) has changed. You can see the original by clicking HERE.
Here are my thoughts from October 2016…
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.
Inside the Whispers by A.J. Waines was published in the UK by Bloodhound Books on 15th October 2018 and is available to purchase for a mere 99p/99¢ for a very limited time from Amazon.
AJ Waines is a number one bestselling author, topping the entire UK and Australian Kindle Charts in two consecutive years, with Girl on a Train. Following fifteen years as a psychotherapist, the author is now a full-time novelist with publishing deals in UK, France, Germany, Norway, Hungary and Canada (audio books).
Her fourth psychological thriller, No Longer Safe, sold over 30,000 copies in the first month, in thirteen countries. AJ Waines has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and The Times and has been ranked a Top 10 UK author on Amazon KDP (Kindle Direct Publishing).
Her next thriller, Lost in the Lake, will be re-released by Bloodhound Books on 24 October 2018.