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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-05-30 03:37
The Grey Man Comes
Whispers in the Mist (A County Clare Mystery) - Lisa Alber

Finished it a day late of my deadline. Ah well. Still finished it before the due date, which is a relief. 

 

Whispers in the Mist is an Irish mystery taking place in County Clare. When a unknown boy ends up dead in a field, the members of the small village he's found in can't help but rumor that the Grey Man, a Slenderman like figure, is responsible. Detective Danny Ahern tries to solve a growing string of Grey Man murders, the key to which may be a mute girl who is also an outsider to the village. Things get dramatic, no one is quite what they seem, and the mystery just keeps growing. 

 

I have to admit, when I first started getting into the book, I was a little let down. I thought the Grey Man would have a really creepy presence. I wasn't expecting it to be a supernatural mystery necessarily, just creepy. Sort of like the Slenderman stabbing a few years ago. He didn't have much a presence at all, though. Aside from people calling the killer the Grey Man, the book hardly mentioned him. I feel like Alber missed out on an angle that could have been really fun.

 

That said, I really enjoyed this novel. It's one of the better mysteries I've read and my heart was hammering in my chest as I was finishing it. Alber was really skilled at dropping clues throughout to the point where I was able to connect them just enough to figure out a who-done-it, but not so much that everything was given away. Even with the clues I didn't completely guess right, which I appreciate. It really was a skilled mystery.

 

The characters themselves were okay. I didn't dislike Danny, the main character, but I wasn't too interested in him either. He was just a bit to angsty for my tastes. Merrit was also okay but she felt a little unnecessary, like the novel could have functioned mostly well without her. I absolutely loved Alan and Gemma though. Gemma especially was such a sweet, amazing character to me. I loved the descriptions of her anxiety since those felt so real to me. Her and Alan's relationship was absolutely adorable and I'm glad this book is part of a series so I can continue to see it bloom. 

 

The biggest drawback to this book is it had a slow start. Like, when I first started reading it I wasn't too into it. It just felt like a summary of village drama, more of a Desperate Housewives kinda thing than the mystery I expected. I almost gave up on it. I'm glad I didn't though because once you push through and the mystery heats up, it became really amazing. So stick with it if you choose to read it. Don't let the slow set up in the beginning keep you from finishing. 

 

Final rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Little slow and misleading in the premise, but the payoff was well worth the build up. I'd read it again.

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text 2017-05-26 22:18
Reading progress update: I've read 156 out of 336 pages.
Whispers in the Mist (A County Clare Mystery) - Lisa Alber

Currently on vacation in Canada but hoping to finish it before I get stateside again. So far though, decent mystery.

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review 2016-08-19 19:36
Good Story and Characters
Whispers in the Mist (A County Clare Mystery) - Lisa Alber

Danny had been married to Ellen but their marriage was failing after two years of turmoil Danny had moved out that had been one year ago. Ellen’s and Danny daughter’s youngest daughter had died and Danny was sure he was why Ellen wasn’t healing. Danny was a detective sergeant.  Danny was called to see a dead body when Danny got to the scene the boy wasn’t yet dead but he died as Danny tried to perform CPR on him. The boy looked like a city boy not more than seventeen. Danny thought of his son talking about the “ Grey Man”. The other officers had nicknamed the boy “ lost boy” as he had no identification. After a couple weeks a local young man went missing and then was found dead. His name was Branden he was his father’s- Seamus-  pride and joy. Now another stranger to the area- Gemma was missing and Danny’s wife had been attacked and in the hospital not in good shape.

This story dragged a little in places. But I still liked the story. It had alot to it: myth, intrigue, betrayal, murder, physical attacks, an affair, suspense, a matchmaker. A festival, a mute woman, a dog, a gift shop, a jewellery line and so much more. It was a good mystery that i did enjoy. I liked the twists and turns of the story alot. I recommend.

I received an ARC of this story for an honest review.

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review 2016-06-19 08:36
Whispers in the Mist by Lisa Alber
Whispers in the Mist (A County Clare Mystery) - Lisa Alber

There's a whisper in the mists

 

In Lisfenora, Ireland, a strange fog has rolled in off the Atlantic. Along with the fog comes tales of Grey Man, a predatory faery of local lore who snatches innocent souls into his deadly gloom.

And with the mists come murder

When a teenage boy dies in Detective Sergeant Danny Ahern's arms, Danny finds himself pursuing his own grey man, a killer who becomes more elusive the closer Danny gets to the truth. A mute woman may be the key to solving the murder and helping Danny heal his own broken life, but first she must unlock the memories from her past.

Part psychological suspense, part mystery, Lisa Alber's haunting tale of family secrets and broken love won't let you go until the final twist.

 
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I so wanted to like this book, the story and the great cover made the book seem so appealing. But, there was just something lacking with the book. I had no problems with this being the second book in a series. It was easy to read and the mentioning of past events never bothered me instead it explained the reason for how thing are in Lisfenora and its inhabitants. And, the book started off quite good, but somewhere along half of the book the story just started to drag and it lost its flow and never really got it back.

I suspect that I was partly disappointed because of the lacking of the "Grey Man". As I'm quite fond of paranormal aspects of books did I hope that there could be perhaps something more to the story than an ordinary murder case. It didn't even have to be "real" paranormal, just a hint of something weird. Yes, I know this is not a paranormal book, but this is Ireland with a rich mythological history. And I love mythology and the mix of past superstitions and present skepticism kind of books.

However, it was just foggy weather, perfect for committing a crime. And, it's the crime part that just didn't work that much for me. I just couldn't find myself interested enough, despite the fact that the characters were OK.

So, despite a promising beginning was this not a book for me. I did like parts of the book, but I also had to force myself to read towards the end. The idea of the Grey Man sounded intriguing, but I never felt that it was intriguing enough to make the reading better.
 
I want to thank Midnight Ink for providing me with a free copy for an honest review!  
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