Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Blog Tour: The Murmurings By Carly Anne West

Welcome to this stop on the Murmurings Blog Tour. Here you will find my review of the YA thriller. Read Write and Read Some More is incredibly pleased to be hosting this book and author. At this stop you will find my review of the novel and my favourite quote. Also be sure to enter the giveaway at the end! 

The Murmurings 
Release Date: 5th Match 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Format: Ebook
Pages: 384

Synopsis: A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel.

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…

Review: Just the cover of this novel is really creepy and promises the reader they are in for a scary ride. Although after reading the novel the cover really doesn’t convey what’s inside the book, for one this book is not as scary as the cover itself it. 

The Murmurings follows Sophie, a teenager who just happens to hear murmurings in her ear and feels hot breath on her neck. She thinks she’s going crazy and wants to stop the madness in her mind. She knows her sister Nell heard the voices and she ended up killing herself. Sophie doesn’t want to suffer from the same fate and knows she needs to find out more about her sisters last days to get the bigger picture. Did her sister really commit suicide or were the mysterious murmurings behind it all? 

Sophie is an odd character. Yes we feel sorry for her because she’s suffering because of the murmurings but apart from that I didn’t relate to her very much at all. She was whiny and quite lazy really; she didn’t do much at all. She just drove back and forth from school, oakside institution and the little town of Jerome. And when she’s at home she complains about her mother and then wallows in her grief reading her sisters diary. Apart from that her character did do the job but there wasn’t anything else to her, she isn’t a character I will remember after reading. 

Then we have Evan who came into the whole novel all too conveniently. Ok, Sophie has been at the same school for ages so why all of a sudden should this boy Evan start talking to her? Hmm and then he also has a relative who happens to hear some murmurings. I think the reader will realise that this is all happening so the novel can move swiftly on. There’s no other reason. Oh and their relationship was just so plain, there was no chemistry and gosh he annoyed me. 

Nevertheless I went into this book wanting a scary spine-chilling story; I didn’t really care about the characters I just wanted to read a good scary story aimed at YA. There were some really freaky things in the novel, like the weird rotten women who comes out of the mirror after Sophie, now that was freaky. The murmuring didn’t really scare me as that’s all it was mumbling. The institution freaked me out as I personally am intrigued by them and in the novel it was interesting to see an institution that focuses on the supernatural. Leaving all normal mentally ill people to practically waste away. It was horrible in a way that it was morally wrong. Overall though this was nowhere near as scary as I would have liked. For a novel that has been marketed as a horror, it really disappoints in that category. We also get information about Takers and Seers but even now I don’t have a clue what they were trying to explain to us. 

Overall The Murmurings is a readable YA Horror novel but don’t expect to be chilled to your bones. I was expecting so much more and was disappointed. If you’re looking for an average spooky story then try this but die hard horror fans will be disappointed.

My Favourite Quote: "There's something quiet about you, like you've lived an entire lifetime already." 


Thank you to the author and Shane at Itching for Books  allowing me to be a host on the tour. You can find the rest of the tour hosts over at Shane's site. Thank you for stopping by! 


  1. Nice review. Thank you for participating!

  2. Yeah the cover and blurb looks real creepy. This reminds me of The Unquiet. All bark not much bite.


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