Review// The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

The MurmuringsTitle: The Murmurings

Author: Carly Anne West

Published: March 5th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Genre: YA, Horror, Paranormal

My Rating: 4.3/5

“He says there’s a chance. I say, What’s the point? He points to me.”

Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.

As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not…


I’m beginning to think that I have a lot of really amazing books hanging out on my shelves. The Murmurings is one of those books I bought from Book Outlet when they were having a huge sale and I needed to pile a million books in my cart. The cover alone is creepy, but paired with the synopsis, I couldn’t pass it up.

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But then I got it and it sat on my shelf for forever. Luckily, I have been wanting to read the books I have randomly bought during book sales and in clearance aisles, and the first one I grabbed off my shelf was The Murmurings. 

This book is creepy to say the very least. I’m not lying, one night I couldn’t sleep because I was terrified, and the night I finished this book before bed I had this insane sleep paralysis that scared the hell out of me.

So unless you’re into that kind of thing, maybe don’t read this book before bed.

Anyway, so The Murmurings centers around Sophie who has recently lost her big sister to what was ruled a suicide, although suicide just doesn’t fit what was being described. Sophie’s sister, Nell, was staying in an institution because she heard and saw things that weren’t there, when she ran away with an orderly only to wind up dead.

Sophie and her mom are both taking her death hard. Which is why Sophie doesn’t reveal to anyone that she is hearing and seeing things now too.

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What ensues from there is not really an adventure as much as a fight for life and freedom from the people..and thing…that hurt Nell and is now after Sophie.

Like I said, it’s creepy. You’ll probably stay away from mirrors for a while.

West does an excellent job of terrifying the reader as well as building a believable storyline to support a paranormal plot.

The only issues that kept me from giving this five stars would be that the ending was a bit anti-climactic for me. It was death defying, yes, but I think something that irks me in books and movies is when the main character is told “you know what you need to do” and then thrown into a situation to figure it out last second. In the span of time it took you to say that, you could have said, “okay, we are about to die, but you can do ___ and it will end all of it and no one will get hurt.”

That, and insta love.

But, overall, I did love this book. It definitely freaked me out, and I appreciate a book that can give me sleep paralysis. It’s still on the Book Outlet website for only 2.99 paperback and 3.99 hardcover. So I suggest picking it up while it’s on the site, I think you will really enjoy it.

Have you read The Murmurings? Did it freak you out as much as it obviously did me?


2 thoughts on “Review// The Murmurings by Carly Anne West

  1. Wow.. this looks like an intense read. I really like the premise of the book, and am adding this to my TBR list! Great review 🙂 I have to say that one of my pet peeves is when everything is resolved in such a short period of time. It seems as if there’s no falling action, and the conclusion is simply a quick wrap up of the climax. Did you find that to be the case in this book?

    Though I haven’t read much horror, this is one I’d like to look into! Oh, and I’m so glad to have found your blog through twitter! I look forward to all your future posts 🙂
    Grace @


    1. Welcome to the blog Grace! I’m glad to have you!

      I don’t feel like it resolves quickly necessarily. It just, resolves in a way that I feel like should have been discovered earlier. It was almost too obvious maybe? It doesn’t ruin my enjoyment of the book by any means though!

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