Today I’m taking part in the weekend blitz for Did You Whisper Back? by Kate Rigby.
Set in the nineteen-seventies, Did You Whisper Back? begins with Amanda Court’s longing to be reunited with her estranged twin sister Jo. Following a false lead, Amanda leaves her Merseyside home and family and goes to Devon to work as a chambermaid where she believes Jo now lives.
Amanda’s new life begins to encroach on her personal space and time, and her search for Jo is put on hold until Amanda feels Jo calling her back to Liverpool.
Gradually it emerges that Jo is, seemingly, just a figment of Amanda’s imagination arising from distorted childhood memories. She experiences a series of strange and sometimes frightening experiences, including lamps talking and the endless ringing of telephones, until the desperation of her family reaches breaking point.
Did You Whisper Back? is a psychological novel about family secrets and a disturbing portrayal of the fragility of the mind.
This book was awarded a Southern Arts Bursary.
The novel, set in the 1970s, introduces us to Amanda, a young woman desperate to reconnect with her long lost, twin sister, Jo. As she attempts to piece together where she could be, she leaves her family home and tries to find her sister. However, distorted childhood memories emerge as she becomes closer to finding Jo. Did You Whisper Back? is a psychological novel about family secrets and a disturbing portrayal of the fragility of the mind.
This book is a quick read, it’s fast paced and follows the premise of a short story. It’s straight to the point while still providing enough background to allow you to connect with the characters.
Although this book is set in the 1970’s I didn’t really get the feeling it was set in a different decade. There were no obvious suggestions that indicated we were following a story set 40+ years ago. If it hadn’t been for the fact it was referred to in the synopsis the story could have been set last week in my opinion. That said, it didn’t really affect the story other than the fact I expected some suggestion towards the ‘flower power’ era.
The portrayal of Amanda’s mental health is very well done and the author did a brilliant job with this aspect of her character. Especially exploring what can happen when you keep a secret hidden for so long.
Many thanks to Kate, Jenny and Neverland Blog Tours for my advanced reader copy and inviting me on the tour!
If you want to be in with a chance to win a paperback copy of Savage To Savvy and Far Cry From The Turquoise Room then don’t forget to enter the competition here.
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About the Author
Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England. She’s been writing for nearly forty years, with a few small successes along the way. She is a hybrid author, having been traditionally published, small press published and now indie published.
She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and it has since been updated.
However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones.
Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).
She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011)
She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).
She has re-Kindled her backlist of previously published as well as most of her unpublished work including:
Break Point (Awesome Indies Certified)
Far Cry From The Turquoise Room
Suckers n Scallies (formerly Sucka!)
Down The Tubes (Underground Book Reviews Certified)
She Looks Pale
Tales By Kindlelight (a collection of short stories, many of them previously published or shortlisted in short story competitions and now available in paperback as She Looks Pale & Other Stories)
Savage To Savvy (ABNA Quarter-Finalist 2012 and Awesome Indies Approved)
The Dead Club
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