Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Review: The Murmuring by Carly Anne West

The Murmurings
by Carly Anne West

Publication Date: March 5th, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Pages: 384
ISBN: 9781442441798
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Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not…. (Goodreads)
I was so excited to get a chance to review The Murmurings by Carly Anne West. I have recently started to really enjoy creepy books, and creepy is definitely what you get with this read.

The main character in the story is Sophie, who is in mourning following the tragic death of her sister, Nell.  Everyone thought that Nell had gone crazy, and now they think the same about Sophie. With the help of her school mate Evan, Sophie sets out to find out exactly what happened to her dear sister, and why the same seems to be happening to herself as well.

Sophie was an interesting character. While I liked her for the most part, there were times when I wanted to reach into the book and shake the girl. But I found her determination admirable. She was determined to find out what happened to her sister, and what exactly was going on with herself as well.  I found Evan to be a bit confusing at first, I couldn’t figure out his angle. But it does become clearer throughout the book.

The romance in the book between Sophie and Evan seemed a little bit rushed to me. In parts, it even seemed forced. I’m not saying that I didn’t like the characters together; I did. I just wish that the relationship had grown a little bit more than it actually did.

The book started off a little slow, but by the middle, I was definitely turning the pages as quickly as I could to find out what was going to happen next.  Some parts of the book were super creepy, and to be honest, not exactly what I expected when I first started reading the book. It’s kind of like the book took a completely different direction that I expected to. Again, not that this was a bad thing; it was just not what I was expecting. 

Overall, I found The Murmurings to be a very interesting read. I do believe that fans of creepy books will definitely enjoy this read.

Happy Reading!


  1. This book sounds amazing. I expect lots of creepiness and glad to hear that's what I'll get :) Great review, Christy.

  2. Great review. I was expecting something a little different too, it did end up being pretty good though. :D

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  3. Oh, I like creepy! The Murmurings might be a good read for me.

  4. I thought it was a little different than I expected too. And yeah, Sophie definitely made some decisions that left me yelling at her. lol But I loved the creepiness. Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  5. This one is waiting on my shelf...and, even though the cover creeps me out, I'm thinking I'm going to have to read it soon! I love when a book ratchets up the tension and really keeps the reader turning pages to find out what happens.

  6. It definitely wasn't what I was expecting either. In one way, I was expecting a totally different book. I did end up really liking The Murmurings, like you did, but what it WAS about took some getting used to for sure! Great review though, Christy! You highlighted the spooky angles of this book, and I think it's going to appeal to people looking for a creepy read!

    Molli | Once Upon a Prologue

  7. Maybe i should read this one. I finished Bad girls don't die today and i was wondering if i should read this one.
    I will definitely now...


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