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Whispering Shadows

by Jan-Philipp Sendker

Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker X
Whispering Shadows by Jan-Philipp Sendker
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    Apr 2015, 352 pages

    Feb 2016, 352 pages


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  • Betsy R. (Gig Harbor, WA)
    Whispering Shadows
    Paul has chosen to live in Hong Kong as almost a hermit when he loses his young son. Through the request of an American woman whom he meets in a cafe, he becomes embroiled in the search for her missing son. This search develops into a level of secrecy and deception that changes Paul's life. This book is interesting primarily in that it does deal with a place and plot that was certainly foreign to me and would be to most people, coupled with suspense and good character development.
  • Mary P. (Bellingham, WA)
    Whispering Shadows
    I found Whispering Shadows, which takes place in Hong Kong, to be a pretty good read, but not initially compelling It took many pages to become engaged, but it grabbed me as the protagonist, an expat journalist, Paul Liebovitz, in contemporary China, seeks to solve a murder case. The extent of corruption in China's booming economy was revealing. I liked the earnestness of the expat's police detective's friend, and the developing relationship between Paul, a fractured and fearful person, and Christine, whom he meets by chance. The descriptions of Hong Kong and the locales in China ring true. Whispering Shadows is a good read.
  • Pepper E. (Lawrenceville, NJ)
    Well developed characters
    I was attracted to the book Whispering Shadows as I loved The Art of Hearing Heartbeats by the same author. What I enjoyed about this book is the insights Sendker had into politics and culture of Hong Kong. The characters are very well developed and one can't help but feel a kinship with the protagonist. Part love story, part suspense, Whispering Shadows is rich with descriptions and a good story line.
  • Shauna S. (Rochester, NY)
    A thrilling love story
    I really enjoyed this book, as I am an avid fan of books that keep you in suspense. The cast of characters was well developed, so I actually began to care about what happened/was going to happen to them throughout the course of the book. I would recommend this book for book clubs as there are many topics to discuss; love, loss, corruption, morality, that would provide excellent conversation for a book club. I would also recommend this book to anyone who likes books about crime and finding redemption.
  • Mary G. (Purcellville, VA)
    Whispering Shadows is an absorbing story told at a leisurely pace
    Whispering Shadows is not a quick read. Even though I am normally a fast reader, the patient, deliberate pace of this book made it impossible for me to speed through. And that was fine with me. I know little about life in China and Hong Kong so I found the glimpse into the lives of ordinary people fascinating. The main characters were dealing with personal tragedies that shaped their entire lives and made their efforts to find the murderer of a perfect stranger quite heroic. This was definitely a book worth the time.
  • Lee W. (Knoxville, TN)
    Whispering Shadows
    This book was very different from books that I usually read. I choose it for that reason. I also chose to read it because it is about a place and its people that I am completely unfamiliar. The author did an amazing job of portraying the people and the country of China. I could feel how hot and humid it was as I read. After reading this book, I am not planning a visit to China any time soon. I enjoyed the fact that the main character was an American and I loved the contrast between Paul and Elizabeth. Both Americans, with completely different views of the country that they found themselves living/visiting. The contrast between China of the past and China of the present was very well interwoven throughout the story. I was surprised at how much the past effected the present choices of the characters. The author made it so I was truly caught up in the lives of the people in the story. I'm rooting for them all to have a happy ending!
  • Kelly J. (Atlanta, GA)
    Dreaming of Hong Kong
    I was excited to be selected to read and review this book as I enjoyed Sendker's earlier work The Art of Hearing Heartbeats. I think my actual review if allowed would've a 4.5. I have been fascinated with Hong Kong and it's relationship to China for years and enjoyed learning more about their history through the book. Paul was a compelling lead and I was pleasantly surprised by the many elements of the classical crime thriller showed up in the book. i was left with an even stronger desire to put Hong Kong near the top of my travel wish list. Definitely recommend.

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