The Whispering Dark by Kelly Andrew (387 Pages)
Delaney Meyers-Petrov is ready to walk in between worlds, but is she ready to find out what’s on the other side?
The Whispering Dark is a dark, atmospheric story that tells the story of a girl ready to be seen as anything but fragile. But what she finds might be scarier than anything she could have ever imagined.
Kelly Andrew delivers a captivating story about Delaney Meyers-Petrov, a deaf girl who is tired of being seen as breakable. So when she gets the opportunity to go to a prestigious program at Godbole University to be trained to walk in between parallel worlds, she jumps at the chance. Only the mysterious atmosphere of the university might have other plans for Ms. Meyers-Petrov. She soon encounters professors who won’t accommodate her disability, mysterious voices, and a peculiar upperclassman who just can’t seem to stay away from her.
Colton Price died when he was nine years old. After a twist of fate, he woke up several weeks later to encounter a colorful, green-eyed little girl. So when that little girl coincidently comes back into his life 12 years later, Colton does what he can to stay away. But Colton quickly learns that he can’t seem to stay away from Delaney Meyers-Petrov. There’s something about her and the darkness that seems to follow her.
So when a student turns up dead, Delaney and Colton’s efforts to stay away from each other are foiled as they form a reluctant alliance as the pair dive deeper into the university’s dark secrets
A Paranormal Thriller Set in The Shadows
I can’t lie here. Kelly Andrew’s writing is not just good. It is phenomenal. Andrew has crafted a beautifully vivid world that is set in the shadows and shows that one can find comfort in the dark. The prose was beautifully vivid, and the otherworldly setting set in the Boston landscape kept me captivated from the very first page. Andrew absolutely made the atmospheric setting a character in this novel, and it added to the story and Delaney’s journey.
Delaney Meyers-Petrov is a fantastic main character who doesn’t shy away from her curious nature. Due to her being deaf, she is seen as fragile. Breakable. But this story depicts that she is the exact opposite. When dark events begin to occur on campus, Delaney might be scared, but that doesn’t stop her determination to uncover what is going on. “Determined” is a good word to describe Ms. Meyers- Petrov, and she is determined to figure out what is lurking in the shadows, especially when something in the shadows is calling to her.
The Bottom Line: 5/5 stars
The Whispering Dark is a dark, beautiful thriller, unlike anything I have ever read before. Kelly Andrew weaves dark elements, twisted secrets, and a slow-burn romance all into one story. This book will have you feeling everything all at once while peeking over your shoulder to make sure the shadows aren’t watching you.
Also, Colton Price has my heart. That is all.
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Brittany Amalfi is a 20- something- year- old developmental specialist living in Massachusetts where she loves all things New England. Brittany is currently pursuing her MFA in Creative Writing, and working on her young adult fantasy novel. When she isn’t writing, you can find her reading, working with awesome kiddos, and spending time with friends and family.