Whisper by Lynette Noni | Review

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Release Date: May 1st, 2018

Trigger Warnings: dead parents, torture, ableist language (insane & crazy used), graphic panic attacks, anxiety, murder, miscarriage mention

Pages: 320

Publisher: KCP Loft

Genre: science fiction, young adult, fantasy, urban fantasy

Goodreads blurb:

For two years, six months, fourteen days, eleven hours and sixteen minutes, Subject Six-Eight-Four — ‘Jane Doe’ — has been locked away and experimented on, without uttering a single word.

As Jane’s resolve begins to crack under the influence of her new — and unexpectedly kind — evaluator, she uncovers the truth about Lengard’s mysterious ‘program’, discovering that her own secret is at the heart of a sinister plot … and one wrong move, one wrong word, could change the world.

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R E V I E W

I always try to support Australian authors and Lynette Noni has been on my radar for a while. I just haven’t had the time to pick up one of her books. I was scanning the bookshop for a read for a flight when I came across Whisper, which I had just seen one of my close friends rave about. So, I picked it up and I am not regretting the choice at all.

Whisper by Lynette Noni follows a girl who is simply known as Jane Doe. For over two years she has not said a word. As the reader, we don’t know why for around half the book so I won’t say why in my review. Jane goes through a series of tasks each day, there is a routine. It is boring, it is torturous and it is not a way to live. Overall, Jane has no quality of life after being taken after checking herself into a mental health ward. This is ultimately one day there’s a change in the routine. She now spends time with a boy, who slowly slips in under her defences by simply being kind. However, that is not all this book is. There is betrayal, there is deceit and the class ‘the government is full of liars and people who need to be locked up’ plot lines. There are some iffy things throughout the books, which I’ve tried to mention in the trigger warnings, but overall I really did enjoy the second half of this book. The first half was incredibly flat as we get to know Jane and everyone around her. It is simply following her routine several times and learning what she knows (which is nothing).

Enough dribble because I’m trying to keep this review short. Time to jump into what I liked and didn’t like about Whisper by Lynette Noni.

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L I K E S

✗ SECOND HALF OF THE BOOK WAS AMAZING

The second half of this book basically had it all. I was so enthralled in it and could not put the book or my kindle down (I alternate reading). I was shocked by some of the reveals and I was definitely kept on my toes.

✗ REMINDED ME A LITTLE OF SHATTER ME

If you know me you know I didn’t initially like Shatter Me but it is now one of my favourite series. I really did get some Shatter Me vibes throughout this book. The whole government, powers and weird love triangle really do feel very similar. However, Whisper does stand on its own with it’s twists and turns.

✗ A GOOD SET UP FOR BOOK TWO

I feel like what Whisper really was, was a set up for book two. The characters are still slightly undeveloped and there is still a long way to go with the plot. So ultimately, an incredibly good set up for book two which I hope will blow this one out of the water.

✗ SET IN AUSTRALIA

Not much to say here, I just get really excited whenever anything is set in Australia and I’ve actually been to the locations mentioned. I guess this is how people in the UK and America feel because this is literally one of the first books I’ve read that is set in Australia (Sydney to be exact).

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D I S L I K ES

✗ 50% OF THE BOOK WAS FLAT

I mentioned it earlier in this review but the first 50% really was brain numbingly boring. I was ready to throw it on the DNF pile. However, I pushed through because Whisper did come some highly recommended by a friend. I’m glad I did but that beginning really should have been tightened or shortened. The repetition of what I was reading did get to me at some points.

✗ POSSIBLE LOVE TRIANGLE TO ARISE AND I HAVE A FAVE

This was a big one. I can feel a love triangle rising. I want love triangles to die unless they’re polyamorous. They’re truly the bane of my existence, especially since I think my favourite of the two guys is not going to get the girl. Seriously, I hope Lynette Noni shoots this in the foot in the next book or I will riot.

✗ FELT THERE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE MENTAL HEALTH INCLUSION

If you’ve kept quiet for over two years due to a trauma you experienced I think there would be some side effects. Particularly with mental health. Including the fact that Jane says that she has been tortured by one of the people for two years. However, there was no mental health apart from panic attacks/anxiety (which were well represented). I feel there should have been some depression or PTSD to really solidify Jane as a character and make her appeal to me in a greater sense. I don’t believe that she came out of a lot of trauma with only anxiety.

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Ultimately, Whisper did have its flaws and I am sincerely shocked by how much I enjoyed it. I am looking forward to the sequel. Hopefully the next book will be a bit more diverse as well because this…wasn’t. I really don’t know what to say about this book and I’m realizing the more I type that this review is a straight up mess. I hope it makes somewhat sense and helps you decide whether to pick up Whisper or not. 

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Happy reading everyone!

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