Losing one patient to suicide is happenstance.
When a second dies it could be coincidence…
But alarm bells start ringing VERY loudly for Dr Sam Willerby, a specialist in post traumatic stress, when suicide claims the life of a third patient.
It’s not just her professional reputation that’s at stake – all three turned to Sam for counselling after surviving a fire on the London Underground – her lover Con is also displaying similar symptoms, and Sam is terrified he too will give in to the voices in his head that tell him he doesn’t deserve to live.
Inside the Whispers, the latest addition to the Sam Willerby series by AJ Waines, is both a complex psychological thriller and a straight-forward whodunnit?
What the blurb says:
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:…
After 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…
Waines cleverly provides enough of Sam’s backstory to keep readers new to the series up-to-date, without leaving returning readers steaming with frustration at the repetition.
And Sam’s vulnerability and damaged relationship with her older sister Mimi/Miranda adds emotional depth to a page-turner of a tale.
The ending, if I’m honest, was a little disappointing – almost a cop out – but I wonder if Waines has plans to re-unite Willerby and the person responsible for manipulating the minds of those who died?
Now that would be interesting…
Overall, though, Waines ramps up the tension with commendable flair, making Inside the Whispers proof positive that, for many of us, the most dangerous place is inside your own head.
About the Author:
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.
After 15 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 13 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).
She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her husband.
Her next thriller, Lost in the Lake, will be re-released by Bloodhound Books on October 24, 2018.