Nixon, Joan Lowery.
1989. WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD. New York:
Delacorte Press. ISBN: 0385298099.
Joan Lowery Nixon
has created a very compelling page turner. WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD is an intriguing
mystery novel that begins in Springdale, Missouri where Sarah Darnell the protagonist in the story lives. She is invited to go swimming with her friends at a nearby lake.
As she is swimming she hears Kent yell, “Cannonball!” and as he slams into her she is driven downward through
the icy waters of the lake only to become tangled in some vines. Sarah almost
drowns and has a near death experience. She develops a “haunted feeling”
and seems to be a link between two worlds. As the story progresses, Sarah and
her family move to Houston hoping to put her tragic experience behind them.
Her father has found a wonderful new house and has gotten a great deal on it.
However, the minute Sarah steps through the doorway of her family's new home, she feels a smothering cold mist, and
hears the echo of a scream and a heartbreaking whisper in Spanish, "Help me!" Sarah
feels compelled to find out who is trying to reach her. She has a feeling that
something terrible has happened in the house. It is not until after the family has moved into the house do they find out someone
was murdered there. The previous owner’s son had been charged with the
murder that had occurred. Sarah starts to see
the murder through visions that she is having. Through a series of suspenseful
events Sarah becomes unknowingly involved with the murderer, therefore endangering her life.
Publisher’s Weekly states, “A master at creating compelling
suspense novels, Nixon has written yet another carefully plotted, subtly terrifying thriller.” WHISPERS FROM THE DEAD is a captivating and compelling mystery novel that will keep the reader intrigued
from the first page to the last.