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  • By G. Guthrie on March 25, 2007

    This is one of Charles de Lint's dark novels, which was originally written under a pen name. It was about a serial killer, and the investigation by the police, and a photographer who somehow got involved and the victim. So there are three storylines throughout the book, and we hear about each and how they end of meeting together in the climax of the book. One can easily see the familiar styles of de Lint in this book, but it is a murder mystery with the supernatural. So even though the writing is similar in style it is a graphic novel, with death, sex, and vile language. Is that wrong? No, it is a great adult thriller. After reading so many urban fantasies by de Lint it was very refreshing to read such a mature book, as a change of pace. I thought it was well written and was a great novel. In fact while I was reading this novel, I though what a great horror movie this would make. And it would, it's a great book. I hope de Lint tries his hand at horror/thriller again in the future.

  • By mother duck on March 27, 2011

    For those of you who have read The Onion Girl and Widdershin, the resolution of good and evil in Whisper to a Scream will come as no suprise. The theme of child abuse and the role it plays in the life of the abused is developed with Chelsea in Whisper and expanded and more fully developed with Jilly in these two later novels. In a very real sense this becomes a psychological thriller with a psychological resolution not a spirit world resolution as in some de Lint novels.The usual de Lint themes of varied spiritual traditions (here First Nation and Voodoo), urban decay, and the lives of those on the fringes is presented. Most of the main characters have some issues/conflicts they are grappling with and except for Chelsea these are not really resolved. Tom Morningstar is First Nation and his tribe feels betrayed, especailly his father, by his marriage to a White woman and his role in the White world as a police officer. Being First Nation also creates problems for him on the force. He and his wife Angie are having a rough patch because of work and his inner conflicts. Jim has given up his freelance photogtraphy for a fulltime job on a paper to please his girl only to have her leave him. Cindy is on the run and although she seems together is really unable to develop close relationships. Some other characters get their problems solved directly or indirectly by being victims of The Slasher, the source of the evil haunting Newford. The role of the two spiritual traditions also do not come to any conclusion. Although the two work together and heavy hitters are called in to help by both sides this goes no where.In the end those who have read Widdershun will recognize the resolution. For me it was an "Oh, this is a theme he will develop more fully" moment. The same could be said for the lack of development/resolution of the other themes. This feels like a beginning which it is. If this is your introduction to de Lint go to some of the later Newford novels. They are more complex and satisfying. Two picky points--Kickaha the First Nation Band is so similar to the farcical Kickapoo tribe of Lil Abner it always makes me squirm and why Time Magazine (US) and not McLane's (Canadian).

  • By woodelf on October 23, 2014

    It was a very good story and well-written, but when it was scanned for Kindle no one bothered to make sure all of the words were scanned correctly. hack instead of back was a common error, but there were others. It definitely made it more difficult to lose myself in the story.

  • By Kindle Customer on March 18, 2003

    The story is about an evil man returning from the dead, and the battle to banish him again, before he accomplishes what he came back to do!An interesting mix of people from his past, journalists, police men, indians and vodoo priests populate the novel, and charles de lint-readers will recognize classic newford-novel areas like The Tombs and Crowsea.I think Charles de Lint fails to use several obvious possibilities for suspense in this novel. Much to early he makes it very clear what and who 'the slasher' is, and the reader then waits arround for the different characters in the novel to catch on as well... The story in itself has got lots of potential for being dark and sinister, and it succeeds from time to time. But often things and emotions are "over-explained", and the reader is kept too well-informed about what is going on. This doesn't leave enough space to doubt and wonder and be spooked.The main character of 'Chealsea' is one of the best drawn, and because you don't get to go inside her head from the start, she remains interesting and surprising throughout the story.It's a good story, and charles de lint is a great urban fantasy writer, but he needs a bit of practise in being "dark".


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