The Whispers: The explosive new novel from the bestselling author of The Push


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SKU: 9780241434581 Category: Tag: Author: Ashley AudrainPublication Date: 20th Jul 2023Format: Paperback / softbackPages: 336Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd



The second novel from the author of THE PUSH, 2021’s most explosive Sunday Times bestseller!

‘Spellbinding, a shimmering, visceral ride through the dark side of family, of community, of womanhood and mothering. Nobody delves as deep into the guts of motherhood as Ashley Audrain, she really is in a league of her own’ Lisa Jewell

‘I absolutely loved this book’ Miranda Cowley Heller

‘A beautifully observed exploration of what it means to be a woman’
Sarah Pearse, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Sanatorium

‘Deeply thrilling and provocative . . a truly masterful novel’ Nita Prose, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Maid


The whispers started long before the accident on Harlow Street . . .

Was it at the party, when Whitney screamed blue murder at her son?

Or after neighbour Blair started prowling Whitney’s house, uninvited?

Or once Rebecca and Ben’s childlessness finally puts a crack in their marriage?

But on the terrible night of the accident, the whispers grow louder, more insistent.

Neighbours gather round. Questions are asked. Secrets are spilled. And the gloss on everything begins to rub off. Everyone is drawn into the darkness.

Because there’s no smoke without fire.
No friendship without envy.
And no lie that does not conceal a devastating truth . . .

The Whispers is a darkly psychological portrait of couples in crisis and families in free fall.

‘Riveting… a fearless deep dive into the real internal lives of women. The Whispers is a brilliant, deeply affecting novel you won’t soon forget’ Shari Lapena, bestselling author of The Couple Next Door

‘A masterwork: a page-turner, a searing emotional rollercoaster and a beautifully-written hymn to the pain, the love, the fury of motherhood . . . sensational’ Rosie Walsh, bestselling author of The Man Who Didn’t Call

Praise for THE PUSH:
‘Set my nerves jangling in both horror and recognition’ Lisa Jewell
‘Gripping’ Guardian
‘Sustains the suspense expertly’ Sunday Times
‘Keeps the reader hooked’ Grazia
‘Jet-black’ Abigail Dean
‘Provocative, compulsive’ Vogue
‘Riveting, thought-provoking’ Daily Mail
‘Bold’ Heat

The Whispers: The explosive new novel from the bestselling author of The Push