Today I’m pleased to be part of the Blog Blitz for Emma Clapperton’s latest book, “The Dead Whisperer”. I received an early copy for free in exchange for an honest review.
About the book:
D.S Preston and D.C Lang are sent to investigate the death of a young girl in an old manor house in Glasgow. But who would want to kill an innocent girl in her own home and why? When they believe their questions have been answered the case is closed.
Meanwhile, Sam Leonard could not be happier – he has a great acting career and a fantastic girlfriend. After being in a previously turbulent relationship, what could go wrong?
For Patrick McLaughlin life is going well. His marriage is stable and with a baby on the way, things can only get better.
But the house that Patrick moves into is not what it seems. With a family burial plot in the gardens, visions and messages from the deceased, and a recent death in the house, will Patrick and Jodie regret their purchase?
In order to lay the ghosts to rest questions will be asked but can the house ever let go of its past?
At the beginning, we are introduced to Sam Leonard, who is an actor. He’s just finished his final performance of a show, and is out to celebrate with the rest of the cast and crew. At the bar, we meet Deborah Bell, who is a fan, but isn’t letting on as she knows about his previous relationship ended badly. She ends up spending the night.
Later, we are introduced to Jenny Lawson, Sam’s best friend, who shares his flat with him. She is also slightly overprotective due to the nature of his previous relationship. We also meet the previous girlfriend, Zoe, who has been stalking Sam.
A few weeks pass, and Detectives Preston and Lang are called to the scene of a young dead female. Was it suicide, or was she pushed?
This is a very difficult novel to review without giving spoilers. It is the second novel featuring Detectives Preston and Lang, but can be read as a standalone. However, both characters are nearing the end of their careers, and it feels like the series is coming to a close.
The main characters followed are Sam, Deborah and Jenny, and it’s mostly a relationship story.
Whilst this is a thriller, I hadn’t gone in realising there was a paranormal element and this isn’t something I normally feel comfortable with. It did work as a slightly spooky read for Halloween though!
Overall, I gave it 3*.
About the author:
Emma Clapperton, born December 1985, has always had a passion for reading and writing. She particularly enjoys reading supernatural or horror books. James Herbert is a firm favourite, with The Ghosts of Sleath being one of the books which pushed her to go on to create her own supernatural crime series, featuring Patrick McLaughlin. The books are based in Glasgow and there are plenty of references to the city in her work.
Emma studied childcare and gained qualifications to work with the early years in 2002, later going on to work in the Montessori sector of early years. In 2017 she gained a qualification to work as a Forest School early years leader and can often be found teaching three and four year olds how to cook on an open fire. Alongside this she is also studying for a diploma in Montessori Early Childhood Practice.
She currently resides in a little town outside of the city of Glasgow with her husband and ginger cat and is working on future projects.