Riley’s mother has disappeared. Riley is the chief witness – he believes she has been kidnapped. But no one is taking him seriously, least of all Policeman Frank. It is up to him to solve the mystery and his only hope is to find The Whispers and ask for their help.
The author sets up his story cleverly, using Riley as the narrator, drawing the reader in to accept this version. However, gradually it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems – and Riley is, perhaps, not a reliable witness – though he is not lying. Rather he is suffering from childhood traumatic grief following the death of his adored mother. But Riley has more than one problem to trouble him. Here the author is to be commended for introducing a LGBTQ theme without fuss or fanfare but as a thread that will encourage his readers. Riley’s voice rings true though The Whispers may be a step too far and an unnecessary supernatural intrusion in a narrative where the central theme is that of exclusion. However, the conclusion though rose-tinged, is both positive and satisfying. A gentle, easy read for the reflective reader encouraging empathy and sympathy – and it is hoped a mirror for the young person who needs one.