Hearing voices in your head is one thing. You can understand those and maybe even get treated for them and cure them. Hearing murmurings is a completely different story altogether. Those can drive you to the brink of insanity or maybe even past it. And once those murmurings start, they don't want to let go.
"THE MURMURINGS has something to satisfy all genre lovers: a bit of romance, some psychological thrills, a dash of fantasy and a huge mystery to tie it all together."
Sophie David was never popular, never a cheerleader or the type of girl that makes a guy do a double take. That was all her older sister Nell. Sophie was happy being the quiet bookworm. But that life is flipped upside down when Nell was institutionalized for hearing voices in her head and cutting herself. That upside-down life comes to a stand still when Nell runs away from her institution and commits suicide, leaving Sophie to pick up the pieces with her family.
Losing interest in family, school and basically life, Sophie becomes a shell of her already quiet self. It isn't until Evan Gold, future varsity star and the new guy in school, starts talking to her that she finally begins to resemble her former self. That’s when the same voices that Nell heard start for Sophie. With Evan supporting her, Sophie starts to research into the voices and discovers a secret that she never thought was possible
My first thought about this book was that it was going to be a psychological thriller or something similar, but Carly Anne West takes it beyond that. THE MURMURINGS has something to satisfy all genre lovers: a bit of romance, some psychological thrills, a dash of fantasy and a huge mystery to tie it all together. And while I had a few issues in the beginning about THE MURMURINGS being written in a first person high school girl’s point of view --- that just screams whiney to me --- I was pleasantly surprised to see that Sophie had a backbone, even through her ordeals, and didn't complain as much as I expected her to. She becomes a character you root for and someone who you know deserves a happy ending. That will keep you reading.
So what do you get when you add voices in your head, a suicide, a mystery and a well-developed heroine? You get THE MURMURINGS by Carly Anne West. A book that even the voices in your head would agree with is sure to be a page-turner.
Reviewed by Taz J. on March 15, 2013