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Whisper Down the Lane

By: Clay McLeod Chapman
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the McMartin preschool trials and the Satanic Panic of the ’80s, the critically acclaimed author of The Remaking delivers another pulse-pounding, true-crime-based horror novel.

Richard doesn’t have a past. For him, there is only the present: a new marriage to Tamara, a first chance at fatherhood to her son, Elijah, and a quiet but pleasant life as an art teacher at Elijah’s elementary school in Danvers, Virginia. Then the body of a rabbit, ritualistically murdered, appears on the school grounds with a birthday card for Richard tucked beneath it. Richard doesn’t have a birthday - but Sean does....

Sean is a five-year-old boy who has just moved to Greenfield, Virginia, with his mother. Like most mothers of the 1980s, she’s worried about bills, childcare, putting food on the table...and an encroaching threat to American life that can take the face of anyone: a politician, a friendly neighbor, or even a teacher. When Sean’s school sends a letter to the parents revealing that Sean’s favorite teacher is under investigation, a white lie from Sean lights a fire that engulfs the entire nation - and Sean and his mother are left holding the match.

Now, 30 years later, someone is here to remind Richard that they remember what Sean did. And though Sean doesn’t exist anymore, someone needs to pay the price for his lies.

©2021 Clay McLeod Chapman (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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The Satanic Panic never had it so good!

Confession time. I have been waiting for this book for a very long time. The Remaking was excellent and when I heard Clay was doing his next novel on the Satanic Panic, I started a countdown to publication. I was not disappointed.

If you grew up during the Panic, everything in this book brings it back to life.
If you didn't grow up with it, know that the depictions are 100% accurate.

This book grabs you and does not let you go. I was on the edge of my seat and counting down to when I could listen to the rest.

Mr. Cronin does a fantastic job as the narrator. Some narrators can be a bit monot with their delivery but Mr. Cronin gives an award worthy performance in my opinion.

Highly, highly recommend

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Snor-ing

my mind was blown at how insightful a bunch of 5 yr old kids can be. I must be the shittiest parent ever. when my kids were 5 they were still picking noises and throwing tantrums. Do these writers pay any attention to the fact that these toddlers aren't in the 7th grade.
Boo man, 👎

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I remember these days... tipper gore and the crusaders against everything

Bit confusing in the beginning but once you catch on you can’t stop listening. Though I’m surprised these 5 yr olds are this perceptive I completely remember the “ repressed memory” phenomenon that put many people on trial for molesting their children. The psychologists planted seeds and watched their gardens grow. Many still do it today.
Its a good book if you were an eighties kid and recall how every song was satanic and music was responsible for drug use, satanism, crime, and esp suicide.

The narrator took a bit of time to get used to. I’m used to booming strong male voices reading, but in the end he was perfect.

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Ending was a letdown

This books sent me through a lot of emotions: sadness, anger, disgust, repulsed, but ultimately disappointed. The first “twist” of the book I felt was pretty heavily telegraphed before it was revealed. I had already figured it out within a few chapters. The ending to me was just a letdown. I felt like it was leading to a really good ending but the story line he went with was just…meh.

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Intense Story with a Twist

This was an intense story. I had mixed emotions about Richard (Sean) because there were so many times in the story he could of just told his principal and his wife about what was going with Sandy and her mom before it went out of control. The twist at the end was crazy. After getting a peak of the 80's and the obsession many had about finding Satanist and evil, I noticed sadly not much has changed lol.

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Interesting

I had some minor niggles with this story, but it might be because I’m not an American. The interviewers felt a little over the top to me, but I’m actually not sure if they were. It’s an incredibly uncomfortable story to read and I don’t actually know if I enjoyed it. But it was well written, and though it wasn’t hard to see where it was going, the subject matter actually felt original. The writing was pretty decent.

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wow

one of the best narrators I've ever heard. I'm definitely going to be recommending this one to everybody!!

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The worst kind of nostalgia.

Having lived through this Era of American irrationalism, the suspense here was torture. I was so invested in this character that I was swearing out loud at those that opposed him. There is some legitimately terrifying imagery as well as gut-wrenching emotional sequences. I found it disturbingly satisfying.

The story is quite complex by design and the narration is on point. I will be seeking out more from both the author and the narrator.

Thank you 🤓

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Does history repeat itself?

Psychological thrills, haunted by his past lies, Richard is reminded that the history repeats itself. I found myself in tears near the end, the characters and story really hook you in.



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Must listen!!!!!

This book was amazing. I was truly hooked until the end, not knowing who would be the main culprit. I loved that nothing about this story line was predictable, the plot twists had me completely enthralled. Highly recommend- worth the 8.5 hours

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  • Lily
  • 05-02-21

another great piece from a great author

Once again, this has been another amazing slow burn roller coaster of emotion and feeling throughout. the book is amazing and that is only helped by the great performance of the narrater. Clay this is again awesome, thank you

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  • Elizabeth590
  • 10-16-22

Boring

I got so bored with this story I couldn't finish it. waiting for something to happen.

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  • Ivie Hill
  • 09-10-22

Surprisingly good.

The book kept me thinking. It had so many twists and turns. It was creepy and unsettling at times. The balance between supernatural and reality was so nicely done I was seriously riveted. I put the book on and usually fall asleep then pick it up next morning from the point I remember but I stayed awake for over 3 hours and now I'm shattered... 👀 But in a good way.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-22

Very boring

I didn't enjoy this title at all, after reading the synopsis and some past reviews I was expecting a lot more from this title. it began at a slow steady pace and just kept that very flat tone all the way through, not very exciting or gripping.
I wouldn't recommend this title.
2 stars for me because 1 star would be a little too harsh..

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-22

Great performance on a somber but exciting story!

An thrilling and exciting dark story. Do not want to give away too much of the plot. Listen for yourself. I liked it a lot!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-22

Very interesting read

Loved everything about it. Great narrator.
This left me feeling a lot of things; sympathy and anger towards the 'victim'. I still don't know how I feel about him and the lies he told and the lives he destroyed.

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  • Rose
  • 08-06-22

wow, what a book

What happens when one tosses a stone in to a pond? Does it skim for a moment or tow or does it sink? There are ripples that flow outwards from where the stone finally lands, after the initial splash anyway. that, essentially is this book with the pond being life and the tone being the lies while the ripples radiating out from it are thee effects of one simple lie told to please an adult because a child thinks it’s what she wants to hear. it’s an incredible book. Only one thing and it’s a small thing. The song Shaun and his mother were singing at the start? They couldn’t have. The song was not released until 1984 and this was apparently this was 1982 so that part s wrong but, it’s a small thing easily enough corrected with just a bit of fact checking.

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  • Dawn
  • 08-06-22

Really enjoyed this book

As part of audible plus I thought I’d give this book a go. It was a really good story and well narrated, thank you audible :)

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  • Paul Kosyl
  • 08-05-22

Best book I've listened to in a while !

As a fan of true crime and horror I thought I'd give it a listen as I'd run out of books by authors I always listen to. And I am glad that I did because it was superb !

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  • Marie
  • 07-29-22

Quite Disturbing!

What can I say?.... I am in two minds about this book. It was confusing in places and also very disturbing, but saying that, I did stick with it and it keeps you wanting more. Overall I am glad that I read it. Narrator is very good.

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  • Kirstin McGrath
  • 06-09-21

Great performance and twisting story

I listened to this in four days, I just couldn't stop.
it helps the narration was so good!
I few twists I saw coming, so for a seasoned spooky reader this wasn't anything too surprising but oh boy, it hit me in the feels at the end and really got me thinking.
I love a story that makes you think!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-22

A Great Story but …

Two thirds of this novel was really good, I couldn’t wait to hear the next chapter.
But then it began to lose its way and became disjointed and sometimes confusing. I can still say I enjoyed it overall, just a little disappointed it didn’t quite reach its potential.

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  • Jake
  • 01-28-22

Just annoying

I was really looking forward to this and it was promising at the start but it really let me down. The storyline was pretty flat throughout, the characters were completely all unlikeable. Having unlikeable characters is fine if they own it but these were written in such a light that just made them annoying. The narrators accent really got on my nerves - an overly zealous millennial American twang - this might be a personal thing for myself, as I really try to limit the amount of American media that seems to permeate everything, but he was really not my cup of tea.
Will probably delete off my library, yuck.