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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Whispers is a young adult social issues novel written by Lynn Yvonne Moon. No one expected the twelve-year-old daughter of the deceased to punch her father’s body in the face as he lay in his casket during the funeral service. Listening to Pastor Johnson go on about her father, and seeing all the bereaved lamenting his death had struck a chord in Musetta that could only be addressed by action. She knew she had upset her mother, especially when she shouted out, “Rot in Hell, you bastard!” as her aunt led her out of the room, but it was exactly how she felt. No one knew what Musetta had been going through for the last two years of her life. No one knew that every Friday night he would come up to her room and do unspeakable things to her. Her own father had become a monster. Punching his corpse had been weird; it felt more like she had struck an inanimate object and her blow had left a dent in his face, but it had been an irresistible impulse to act. Auntie Delphina soon sussed out that Musetta had deep issues relating to her father’s abusive behavior and had eventually prevailed upon her to agree to see Dr. Shapiro once a week. It would take time for healing, everyone said, but then the unexpected began to happen.
Lynn Yvonne Moon’s social issues novel for young adults, Whispers, is a taut and compelling story about an abused daughter whose dead father seems to be haunting her from the grave. Moon’s story is genuinely terrifying and suspenseful as Musetta and her friends attempt to solve the mystery of a dead man who seems very much alive and intent on destroying his daughter. Alongside the suspense and mystery is a grand coming of age story as Musetta begins the healing process, starting with her father’s death and continuing with the support of her aunts and friends. Anyone who’s been fascinated by large houses filled with secret passageways and hidden tunnels will have a field day reading this well-written and darkly suspenseful tale. Whispers is most highly recommended.