Welcome to my stop on the Do You Whisper Back, by Kate Rigby, blog tour!
The novel, set in the 1970s, follows a young woman, Amanda, who is desperate to reconnect with her long lost, twin sister, Jo. Trying to piece together where she could be, she leaves her family home and tries to find her sister. As Amanda becomes closer to finding Jo, she soon starts experiencing distorted childhood memories and frightening experiences. Is Jo a real entity? Or a figment of her imagination? Did You Whisper Back? is a psychological novel about family secrets and a disturbing portrayal of the fragility of the mind.
This read is fast paced and easily digested. It reads like a short story, which I really liked. There wasn’t a lot of fluff within the pages; Rigby is straight to the point and doesn’t beat around the bush. I really appreciated that.
I also really liked Rigby’s portrayal of the mental health piece within the pages; I think she did a fantastic job at reflecting this aspect of the protagonist. I also loved the diversity; it isn’t often that this is shown in plots.
I realize that this one was set in the 1970s, but truly, there was nothing atmospheric about it that made me really feel that. I was expecting there to be some social suggestions or clothing descriptions or something to make me OBVIOUSLY feel we were in the 70s. As far as I am concerned, this story could have taken place anywhere, in any time. That didn’t necessarily bother me, but, for a novel that had that detail it the synopsis, I expected it to be more obvious.
Overall, this was a quick read and very different.
Thanks to the author and to Neverland Blog Tours for a copy of this work; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.
About the Author: Kate Rigby
Kate Rigby was born near Liverpool and now lives in the south west of England. She’s been writing for nearly forty years, with a few small successes along the way. She is a hybrid author, having been traditionally published, small press published and now indie published.
She realized her unhip credentials were mounting so she decided to write about it. Little Guide to Unhip was first published in 2010 and it has since been updated.
However, she’s not completely unhip. Her punk novel, Fall Of The Flamingo Circus was published by Allison & Busby (1990) and by Villard (American hardback 1990). Skrev Press published her novels Seaview Terrace (2003) Sucka!(2004) and Break Point (2006) and other shorter work has appeared in Skrev’s avant garde magazine Texts’ Bones.
Thalidomide Kid was published by Bewrite Books (2007).
She has had other short stories published and shortlisted including Hard Workers and Headboards, first published in The Diva Book of Short Stories and as part of the Dancing In The Dark erotic anthology, Pfoxmoor Publishing (2011)
She also received a Southern Arts bursary for her novel Where A Shadow Played (now re-Kindled as Did You Whisper Back?).
She has re-Kindled her backlist of previously published as well as most of her unpublished work including:
Break Point (Awesome Indies Certified)