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  • Published: 13 June 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241434581
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

The Whispers

The explosive new novel from the bestselling author of The Push

There's no smoke without fire . . . the explosive and unforgettable new novel from Ashley Audrain, author of Sunday Times bestseller The Push

The whispers started long before the accident on Harlow Lane . . . There was the party, where Whitney screamed at her ten-year-old, Xavier. Afterwards, the silence was deafening.

Then there's her neighbour and friend, Blair - who snoops round Whitney's house when she's not in. She'd be better off watching her own home, keeping her husband on a tighter leash... Rebecca treats sick kids. She loves them, everyone sees that. If only she and her partner had been blessed with their own. . .

After the accident sends these neighbours rushing to a hospital bedside, the whispers grow into a cacophony - what really happened that night?

  • Published: 13 June 2023
  • ISBN: 9780241434581
  • Imprint: Michael Joseph
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $32.99

About the author

Ashley Audrain

Ashley Audrain's debut novel The Push is a New York Times, Sunday Times and #1 international bestseller, and a Good Morning America book club pick. It's been translated into 36 languages, and a limited television series is currently in development. Ashley previously worked as the publicity director of Penguin Books Canada, and prior to that, worked in public relations. She lives in Toronto, where she and her partner are raising their two young children. Ashley is currently working on her second novel The Whispers.

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Praise for The Whispers

Enticing, nuanced, and unflinching, The Whispers opens a secret portal into the private lives of women in suburbia. A narrative portrait of motherhood and marriage, of loneliness and longing, of loss and desire, this is a novel where the characters are so recognizable, it's nearly impossible to feel they are strangers. Rather, through the course of the deeply thrilling and provocative pages, one comes to feel they're as real as neighbours, colleagues and friends. A truly masterful novel

Nita Prose, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Maid

No one understands the secret lives of women like Ashley Audrain. In her electrifying new novel, The Whispers, the unspoken fears, desires, and shame of four neighbours threaten the lives they've so carefully constructed. It's a razor-sharp page-turner. Masterful!

Carley Fortune, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Every Summer After</i>

A masterwork: a page-turner, a searing emotional rollercoaster and a beautifully-written hymn to the pain, the love, the fury of motherhood. I could think about nothing but Ashley Audrain's perfectly-drawn characters in the three days it took me to tear through this novel, and I suspect they will live on in my mind for a long time to come. Sensational

Rosie Walsh, bestselling author of <i>The Man Who Didn't Call</i>

Driven by desire, jealousy and revenge, everyone is under suspicion and guilty of something in this powerful, edgy and addictive novel by the queen of psychological drama, Ashley Audrain. An honest, uncensored look at women and motherhood in the wake of a mysterious tragedy, The Whispers is a must-read

Mary Kubica, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Just the Nicest Couple</i>

I couldn't put The Whispers down. It held me by my throat the entire way and left me in awe of Audrain's talent and her ability to put the female experience so ruthlessly, so painfully and so beautifully into words. She is exceptional at her craft, one of the best, and her work should be read religiously and consistently by all. I can't recommend this book enough

Salma El-Wardany, BBC Radio London

A chilling story and a beautifully observed exploration of what it means to be a woman, highlighting the sacrifices involved and the often frightening choices that have to be made. The knowledge that something awful is looming lends the narrative a compelling sense of unease that builds to a thickening dread as Audrain ratchets up the tension. A quietly revelatory and unnerving novel that works on so many levels - I couldn't put it down

Sarah Pearse, <i>Sunday Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Sanatorium</i>

Ashley Audrain writes about motherhood and how it feels to be a woman today with a fearlessness few can muster. Every time I turned a page, I thought: yes! This is why I read--to connect, to feel seen, to be confronted with my deepest fears, and, of course, to go on a breathtakingly suspenseful ride while doing it

Chandler Baker, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>The Husbands</i>

Ashley Audrain has a profound understanding of how thin the line between good and evil can be. THE WHISPERS leads readers past the carefully composed facade of Harlow Street to dig, unflinchingly, into themes of motherhood, fidelity, privilege and complicity, resulting in a novel that not only delivers on the promise of its taut, explosive and page-turning plot-but redefines the very idea of what a thriller is and can be. Daring, incisive, and exquisitely written, Audrain has proven herself a force like no other

Courtney Summers, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Sadie</i>

The Whispers is 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>Sunday Times</i> #1 Bestselling Author

Ashley Audrain is the master of simmering resentment and paranoia, mental load and motherhood. This slow-burn thriller is gripping and horrifying and with a perfectly shocking ending. It's going to be huge, absolutely unmissable.

Catherine Cooper, bestselling author of <i>The Cruise</i>

A beautifully written, twisty and thought-provoking novel about the demands of modern women, motherhood and how our own past shapes us. The Whispers is packed with suspense, tension and unforgettable characters and I couldn't read it fast enough. I adored it!

Claire Douglas, number one bestselling author of <i>The Couple at No.9</i>

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 <i>The Couple Next Door</i>

The novel's breathless pace and devastatingly poignant observations about the realities of motherhood and womanhood today make every page a gut punch, and the mystery woven in will leave you guessing until the very last page

Glamour US

Rage unites these women - rage that is expertly, subtly and powerfully rendered by Audrain . . . and, after Audrain has lulled you into a sense of resignation over her characters' fates, she delivers a sucker-punch ending you'll have to read twice to believe

New York Times

A chilling psychodrama about motherhood and community


If you couldn't get enough of Audrain's debut novel, The Push, you will devour this highly anticipated follow-up. A brilliant, honest read about families in crisis

Woman & Home

I was blown away by The Push, and found myself equally enthralled by The Whispers


I absolutely loved this book

Miranda Cowley Heller, bestselling author of <i>The Paper Palace</i>

A punchy page-turner about motherhood, sacrifice and the huge expectations we force on to women

<i>Good Housekeeping</i>

The Whispers held me in its grip from the first page until the final, gasp-worthy line - a raw, provocative, mesmerising thriller, charting the darkest psychological contours of motherhood with devastating precision. Audrain writes with such unsettling honesty and I found it impossible to tear myself away from her characters. Fans of The Push will not be disappointed!

Katherine Faulkner, author of <i>Greenwich Park</i>

A tense tale about motherhood, friendship and betrayal


A brilliant beach read of a thriller that you're likely to chomp through in a single sitting

Cambridge Edition

Her books are quickly becoming a must read

Woman's Weekly

A cracking psychological thriller that keeps you guessing to the final pages. Thought-provoking, gripping, worthy of all the praise


Thought-provoking and gripping, this is worthy of all the praise coming its way

HEAT, Book of the Week

A dark, unflinching family drama. A pageturner