Whisper Down the Lane

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Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage, a first chance at fatherhood, and a quiet life as an art teacher in Virginia.

Then the body of a ritualistically murdered rabbit appears on his school’s playground, along with a birthday card for him. But Richard hasn’t celebrated his birthday since he was known as Sean… In the 1980s, Sean was five years old when his mother asked him if his favorite teacher had ever been inappropriate with him.

In the course of one conversation, Sean was led to tell a lie. When school administrators, cops, and therapists questioned him, he told another. And another.

And another. Each fueled the fire of a moral panic that engulfed the nation and destroyed the lives of everyone around him. Now, thirty years later, someone is here to tell Richard that they know what Sean did.

But who would even know that these two are one and the same? Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places meets Riley Sager in this tense and compulsively readable novel from one of horror’s most promising voices.

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Description

A diabolically creepy hybrid of horror and psychological suspense that thrills as much as it unsettles. You ll keep turning the pages even as your hands shake. Riley Sager, New York Times best-selling author of Home Before Dark.

A pulse-pounding, true-crime-based horror novel inspired by the McMartin preschool trial and Satanic Panic of the 80s.

Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage, a first chance at fatherhood, and a quiet life as an art teacher in Virginia.

Then the body of a ritualistically murdered rabbit appears on his school’s playground, along with a birthday card for him. But Richard hasn’t celebrated his birthday since he was known as Sean… In the 1980s, Sean was five years old when his mother asked him if his favorite teacher had ever been inappropriate with him.

In the course of one conversation, Sean was led to tell a lie. When school administrators, cops, and therapists questioned him, he told another. And another.

And another. Each fueled the fire of a moral panic that engulfed the nation and destroyed the lives of everyone around him. Now, thirty years later, someone is here to tell Richard that they know what Sean did.

But who would even know that these two are one and the same? Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places meets Riley Sager in this tense and compulsively readable novel from one of horror’s most promising voices.

Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg
ISBN

9781683692331

Author

McLeod Chapman, Clay

Publisher

Quirk

Binding

Paperback

1 review for Whisper Down the Lane

  1. Vicky

    Whisper Down the Lane is a really interesting, in depth look at the Satanic Panic and the present-day fallout from the things that occurred during that period. There’s a nice little mystery at the centre of it, and we’re constantly left wondering if there is actually something supernatural going on. The characters are loveable but flawed, and I think Chapman does a really good job of expressing the difficulty of having been a child accuser during this period — the residual guilt, but also the pressure those kids were under to say what the adults around them wanted them to say.

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