My rating: 3 of 5 stars
It’s Halle Henry’s first year at Lakeview Academy . . .
On a snowy January night, just days after a fire that nearly destroyed the school’s library, Elsie Stewart, daughter of the headmaster and founder of Lakeview Academy, dies slipping beneath the ice of frozen Clearwater Lake. Unable to right the wrongs she committed before her tragic death, Elsie’s spirit walks the halls of her father’s school, waiting for someone who can.
One hundred years later, while joining her sister’s friend Leigh to help clean out the school’s administration building before the big remodel, Halle stumbles upon Elsie’s hidden journal. Obsessed with what she finds, Halle searches the school for clues that may lead to solving a century-old mystery. The only problem is that Halle also talks Calum Stewart, Leigh’s worst nightmare, into helping them. Once Leigh and Calum are forced to work together, sparks fly and no one around them, alive or dead, is left unaffected.
While Hush was okay enough in it’s contemporary setting, Whisper ramped up the game with addition of a paranormal element. This year at Lakeview, Halle, Blakely’s younger sister, joins as an eighth grader. When she finds a journal belonging to one of the ghosts haunting the school, she recruits her sister’s friend, Leigh (the main character) and by extension, Leigh’s friends to hunt down what the ghost wants found. The story then revolves around Leigh and Calum’s sexual tension, against the backdrop of that treasure hunt.
This time around, the author seemed to at least keep some things a mystery, which significantly improved the reading experience. The annoying backstory-right-away problem is still there, along with random introductions, but at least there was an improvement with regards to plot. The ghost angle really worked, seeing as they are at a boarding school, after all. While there is no villain as such in the plot, the fact that is a treasure hunt is enough to drive the story. Overall, a good book, and better than the previous – still a quick read, though.