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Dark Whispers 

She is so still, so relaxed, so ready as she lies on the stainless steel, her breathing slow and steady, her gaze unfocused. There is just time for a small whisper, a soft encouragement of hope, before the darkness slides her entirely into his honing hands. He leans over and breathes into her ear, “I’m going to do something very special for you now. Cut it all away and make it neat. And when you wake up, you’re going to be just perfect.”

Between the anaesthesia and the awakening, are the dark whispers.

When a patient describes an experience of mental torture and sexual mutilation by a gynaecologist at the private hospital where she works, psychologist Megan Wright decides to investigate. Determined to find out the truth and stop the abuse, but bound to silence by the ethics of confidentiality, Megan must enter the dark mind of a dangerously disturbed man.

Praise for Dark Whispers:

"Read this thriller. It's gripping - so shocking you won't be able to breathe until you get to the end." Mike Nicol(Payback, Killer Country, Black Heart, Of Cops and Robbers)

"A chilling exploration of human vulnerability and cruelty, a terrifying and throughly entertaining read." Amanda Coetzee (Flaming June, Bad Blood, Redemption Song)

Dark Whispers is already available at Protea book stores throughout South Africa and at many Exclusive Books branches. Please, if they don't have it at your store, ask them to order it for you (ISBN: 978-1-4853-0015-1). Book stores stock titles according to demand. 

It is available online at Exclusive Books here, Protea here , or at Takealot.com or at Little White Bakkie.

I know these fabulous Indie stores have already ordered: Bibliophilia and The Book Lounge in Cape Town, Love Books in Melville, Joburg and Book Boutique in Amanzimtoti.

Now available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

 

Reviews for Dark Whispers:

Penny de Vries, book blogger extraordinaire, set herself a challenge of reading only Soth African books for a year. I'm delighted that she read my book, and I'm delighted that she loved it :)

From the review:

"Dark Whispers is a psychological thriller which is so gripping I had knots in my stomach while reading it...

 It is refreshing too that the protagonist, Megan Wright, is not a conflicted, dysfunctional alcoholic plagued by demons etc. She is an ordinary young woman, practising as a psychologist with an annoying mother and an anorexic sister. She has a very witty, self-deprecatory turn of phrase that adds humour, a counterpoint to the horrible events that take place...

The dialogue is excellent and adopts different tones, depending on whether Megan is chatting to her receptionist, Patience; her gay friend, Wade; or involved in a counselling session. Good dialogue that flows and is authentic can make a novel seem like real life.

The writer is a psychologist and this makes the counselling sessions she has with her clients authentic. It adds an interesting dimension to the novel. ...

Joanne Macgregor is a fresh new voice on the thriller / suspense / crime fiction scene and I certainly hope there is more to come from her. Convincingly scary and suspenseful with a good dash of humanity thrown in."

Read the full review (plus reviews of other great books) here.

From the Sunday Times review, June 1, 2014:

"It's a dangerous game of cat and mouse: a gynaecologist who is torturing his patients, and psychologist Megan Wright, who is trying to find justice for his victims. With few women willing (or able) to come forward with the truth, she is dragged into the dark with them. It's not a comfortable ride, but it is a treat for those in search of a clever read - and the ending is deeply rewarding."

From Bontle Senne's review on her awesome blog, Read-Sleep-Read-Eat-Repeat:

"In a word, it was... chilling...

A book that is greatly satisfying at an emotional and intellectual level, starring a strong-ish and authentic female lead dealing with a very twisted, super-creepy situation. Go buy it."

Read the full review here.

From Kelly Ansara's review on the fabulous book blog, It's a Book Thing:

"...Joanne explores human tragedy. She flicks it out like a dining room table cloth and irons out the creases for you. You face your worst nightmare and Joanne is there to guide you through it, walk you through the haunted mansion, one giddy step at a time, when you know for a fact something will jump out at you – and let me tell you, something always jumps out...

The book surely does live up to this thriller genre with its punchy narrative, an Alfred Hitchcock type plot and a somewhat-flawed protagonist that you can’t help but like. A local thriller at its best, you’ll rip through this one – just as you will put off any doctor’s appointments after."

Read the full review here: http://itsabookthingblog.blogspot.com/

From Monique Bernic's review up at her wonderful Paranormalsphere blog:

"This is not your typical horror or whodunit novel. You know from the start who the bad guy is and it creates an tense dance between him and the main character, Megan. Megan is an interesting character as she is hardly perfect herself and these flaws add to the suspense...

"Without giving much away, I loved the ending. I felt it had a great touch of horror to it and leaves the reader wondering... This is a great psychological thriller and I hope it gets the attention it is due. "

Read the full review here.

 From the review at BookShy, a wonderful blog that reviews and promotes books from Africa: "This is definitely a terrifying novel, made even more so by the real-life events that inspired it. But this is also a novel that pulls you in and is pretty hard to put down once you start reading it - even if along the way you might get a bit squeamish."

 Read the full review here.

 

Skadustemme

In dié debuutroman vir volwassenes (wat in Engels publiseer is as Dark Whispers) onthul een van Megan Wright, ’n sielkundige, se kliënte dat sy deur ’n snydokter wat in ginekologiese operasies spesialiseer, geskend is. Dit word duidelik dat die gewraakte operasie geen ongeluk was nie. Die vrywaringsbrief wat die pasiënt vooraf moes teken, maak dit egter onmoontlik om die betrokke dokter te laat vervolg.


Toe Megan haar kom kry, is sy daarop uit om dié dokter te ontbloot en te keer dat hy nog vrouelewens vernietig. Veral toe sy uitvind dat hy ’n hele paar ander pasiënte ook geskend het, soms so erg dat hulle nooit sal kan kinders hê nie. Nie een van die klagtes wat teen die dokter gelê is, was suksesvol nie. Verwikkelinge in Megan se persoonlike lewe word meesterlik met die verhaal se hoofspanningslyn vervleg.

Resensies:

“Bloedstollend geloofwaardig!” – JB Roux

"Dark Whispers is ’n heerlike spanningsvolle lees en word aanbeveel vir boekliefhebbers." – Sandra Marais (Sarie Tydskrif)

“Lees hierdie riller. Dit gryp jou vas – so skokkend dat jy eers weer sal asemhaal wanneer jy klaar gelees het.” – Mike Nicol

"Skadustemme doen sy naam as spanningsriller beslis gestand. Die storie word nie onnodig uitgerek nie, die inhoud is interessant en die skrywer het die waarde van behoorlike navorsing voor sy begin skryf het, goed verstaan. Die gesaghebbendheid van haar woorde oor die sielkunde-, ginekologiese en persoonlikeverhoudingsvelde is geloofwaardig en getuig van dieper begrip van die kompleksiteit van die menslike psige. En wat my die meeste beïndruk het, is die boek se realistiese en geloofwaardige einde. Die besef dat die regte lewe nie altyd maanskyn en rose is en gelukkige eindes het nie; dat mens nie onaangeraak kan bly as jy met die waansin van ander se woede en seerkry gekonfronteer word nie." - Maryke Roberts (Litnet)

“’n Kille verkenning vanmenslike kwesbaarheid en wreedheid, ‘n skrikwekkende en uiters genotvolle leeservaring.” – Amanda Coetzee

"Skadustemme is baie goed geskryf en ek is mal oor die gebruik van eg Suid-Afrikaanse gesegdes sowel as die vergelykings wat getrek word met ons land se huidige probleme. Dit was ‘n spannende leeservaring met ‘n sin vir humor... Ek dink Macgregor het die potensiaal om Suid-Afrika se Gillian Flynn te wees. Ek sal beslisSkadustemme aanbeveel (of Dark Whispers, afhangende van jou taalvoorkeur)." - Natasha B, (The Mystery Corner)

“Die skrywer se navorsing is puik. Sielkundige tegnieke soos kliniese hipnose word meesterlik deelgemaak van die intrige en nóg ’n genre-etiket is in orde: Dark Whispers is ’n sielkundige riller in die volle sin van die woord. Wat veral die bloed laat stol, is die roman se vreesaanjaende geloofwaardigheid. Ook dat dit so aktueel is: In die moderne era het die meeste van ons ’n amper blindelingse vertroue in ons dokters.” – Media 24

"Blood-chillingly believable... Developments in Megan's personal life are woven with the main thriller plot in a masterly way... perfect comic timing... excellent research... Dark Whispers is a psychological thriller in the full sense of the word... scarily credible." – Die Burger and Die Beeld (7 July, 2014)

Skadustemme is already available at Protea book stores throughout South Africa and at many Exclusive Books branches. Please, if they don't have it at your local Exclusives or Independent bookstore, ask them to order it for you (ISBN: 978-1-4853-0262-9). Book stores stock titles according to demand. 

Currently, it's also available at these online stores: Kalahari, Loot, Exclus1ves Online.