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The Murmurings [Paperback]

Carly Anne West
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  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (4 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442441801
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442441804
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Murmurings 5 Mar 2013
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Before I started this book I took one look at the cover, shuddered and then got a little excited. I am a massive horror fan and I thought this was going to scare the pants out of me, but in truth it didn't.

Actually it was not scary at all and there is no way that I would ever label this book as a horror story at all. Somehow along the way this book has been massively misunderstood. All over Goodreads people are talking about how scary it looks, how the cover freaks people out. I am not blaming them, I WAS one of those people but the problem is that this is not what this book is and I am afraid that people will dislike it because they wanted to be scared. The Murmurings is not a ghost story (although there are `ghosts' in it) it is a psychological thriller and it is a pretty good one.

I thought the writing was very good this is Carly Anne West's first novel and it is a promising start. There are a few moments where I thought it could have been richer, or more developed but for a debut novel this is pretty good. I cannot fault her for her imagination The Murmurings is different from other books of this sort and has a very interesting storyline that manages to draw me in effortlessly. There was a few times where I felt things maybe went a little too far but it did not happen often and it did not put me off.

The main character Sophie was likeable and she had to be because she was kind off on her own. There was no real parental input in this novel or her life, she had no real family apart from an aunt that was more concerned with helping her grieving mother. She had no friends apart from Evan, the love interest, and things could be awkward between them. Sophie carries this and if you don't like her then you won't like this.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Scary 28 Feb 2013
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a well written excellent read 11 April 2013
By Raquel C. Bleich - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Kept my attention throughout. Fast paced. GOod character development.
Loved to hate the nurse.....nearly as evil as Nurse Cratchett.
Nicely developed teen love story.........made me remember my first kiss.

Loved the locale descriptions. Projected me into the scene.

Very good suspense

An excellent read overall
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome first novel! 9 Mar 2013
By SBivens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The story line kept my interest -couldn't put it down until I had finished the entire book. Mesmerizing, a bit scary but believable all the way through. Highly recommend!!!
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy and chill inducing! 5 Mar 2013
By Sara @ Forever 17 Books - Published on Amazon.com
There is so much I want to say about The Murmurings! But I will try to contain my flailing in an effort to be a little more thorough. This book first came onto my radar a few months ago and I was instantly craving to get my hands on a copy! Luckily, I was picked to be a part of the Debut Author Challenge ARC Tour and I couldn't contain my excitement! And boy did this book live up to every single expectation I had in place!

The novel dives right into the world our main character finds herself in. Sophie's sister died months ago, leaving her very much alone in the world with a single mother that drowns her grief in alcohol while ignoring the daughter she still has. Sophie comes off as timid and nervous, but she also has a bit of flare and sarcasm to her. Her sister was her best friend and it's hard for Sophie to have her gone. She takes solace in her sister's notebook, and tries to unravel the mystery behind her death. Unfortunately, she is now without any friends, that is until she finds some reciprocated interest from a semi-new boy in school named Evan.

These two were off to a very awkward start, both not knowing how exactly to go about, well, anything really. It was kind of cute, actually. They soon discover they have something in common, loved ones who both had problems with hearing voices and seeing things in the mirror. At first I was a little worried that this was all too convenient. I mean, here is this boy who pops up all of a sudden into her life and just so happens to want to hunt down information about an institute where Sophie's sister, Nell, was placed right before her death. Something she was also doing. But instead of Sophie just accepting this coincidence, she calls Evan on it! From that point on, it all fit and worked out like a charm. They put their detective hats on and started to decipher clues left in a poem written by Nell.

The mystery of what happened to Nell, and also Evan's cousin, all deals with these strange voices and visions they were seeing in mirrors. Sophie and Evan think there is more to this than just the label, 'crazy'. In fact, Sophie finds herself dealing with the same exact phenomenon. These indecipherable murmurings of words in her ear and hot breath on her neck... *shudder*. Totally creepy and chill inducing. Don't even get me started on the visions in the mirror! EEK! This is where the story gets so cool and amazing. We don't have to wait until the end to find out exactly what it is that is happening to Sophie. We actually find out much sooner than I expected which I thought benefited the plot tremendously. It gave me a chance to really understand what was happening and may have made me freak out all that much more during certain scenes. It is clever and awesome, and unlike anything I have read. It was also easy to follow with so much build that led to one hell of a climax! The excitement and energy that ran through the pages... Gah! So addicting.

I pretty much recommend everyone to read The Murmurings, whether you are a fan of thrillers, with a sprinkle of horror, or not. A final copy of this one is a must for me!

~Sara @ Forever 17 Books
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want something to send shivers of fear down your spine, this is it. 5 Mar 2013
By Tabitha @ Bows & Bullets Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Sophie David’s life is far from normal. A nonexistent father, an alcoholic mother, and a dead sister, she’s pretty much alone these days. So when she starts hearing the same noises and seeing the same things that made her mother have her sister committed, she decides to buckle down and refuses to tell anyone. But soon the voices refuse to be ignored and Sophie is in a world of danger that Nell (her sister) died to protect her from.

I quite enjoyed this novel. The tension/romance between Evan and Sophie was adorable, the storyline was just intriguing enough to keep me guess, and the spine tingling creep factor that I loved in Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake was also pretty prevalent. Sophie is a stubborn girl just trying to make it through. After Nell’s death, her mom falls apart, quits working and drinks all day. Most days, she doesn’t even speak to Sophie and yet Sophie still gets up every morning and goes to school even though she knows her mom wouldn’t notice if she didn’t.

I was a little suspicious of Evan at first. He seemed to show up at perfect time to go with Sophie to the psychiatric facility and seemed altogether too nice and accepting. But after a few chapters, I learned to trust him. He’s got his own demons chasing him and he’s just looking for someone to help him figure it all out, just like Sophie.

The thing I really enjoyed about this was the creepiness. YA doesn’t have many novels that can send chills down your spine (or if it does, I haven’t read many) and though I normally avoid horror movies, I am somewhat attracted to it in writing. I know, it doesn’t make sense, but there it is. My only real complaint about this novel was that it was a mite too predictable. I didn’t see all of it coming, but I did know a lot of it.

I think that anyone who enjoyed Anna Dressed In Blood will also enjoy this. It’s a really enjoyable and fun read!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written, and just creepy enough 19 Mar 2013
By Kate - Published on Amazon.com
I loved this book! I enjoy young adult fiction, and it's rare to find a young adult book that is this well written. I was worried that it might be too creepy for me because I'm not a huge fan of horror stories, but it was perfect - suspenseful and a little creepy, but nothing so scary that I was afraid the dark (or mirrors). It was also a really quick read - I devoured it in three days, and would have read it much more quickly if I had more free time.
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