by K. Webster
Publication Date: December 6, 2016
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Dark Romance
When I sing a song in my head, the monster can’t ever hear me.
When I pretend my bedroom is a playground where I play hide and seek, the monster can’t ever find me.
The darkness should frighten me.
I should worry I’ll find more monsters…monsters scarier than him.
But I’m not afraid.
It’s safe here.
When I’m inside of my head…
He. Can’t. Ever. Touch. Me.
Warning: Whispers and the Roars is a dark romance. Strong sexual themes and violence, which could trigger emotional distress are found in this story. The abuse written in this story is graphic and not glossed over which could be upsetting to some. Proceed with caution. This story is NOT for everyone.
I have a hard time finding the right words to put on paper, or on the screen I suppose, that describe my feelings about this book. While it is every bit deserving of five stars, it's for a far different reason than any of K's previous novels. Whispers and the Roars is a heavy read; it is dark in a way that you do not expect, it is loaded, filled to the brim, with aching and overwhelming emotions, but at its core it is still a romance.
I love her. Plain and simple. You can’t snuff out the blazing flames of love. Soulmates don’t simply drift apart.
I am a blurb fanatic, I rely on them to make a decision about a book, but K. Webster is one author I do not do that with, I'll read anything she puts in front of me, and Whispers and the Roars is the kind of book you just jump into. There is nothing I could possibly say that wouldn't give something away. The characters are heartbreaking, they're raw, and their experiences are far more realistic than readers may be prepared for. Nothing could have possibly prepared me for the emotions I felt as I turned page after page, as the words filled up my heart and my head, as the shock of the novel turned into a defensive feeling over the characters and their story. K. Webster successfully guides readers through the past and present of the characters, flawlessly switching between points-of-view and weaving a story that is shadowed by a darkness that is hard to comprehend. Kady and Yeo are an unlikely pair that makes sense; Kady views herself as a broken girl losing the battle against PTSD and depression, while Yeo succeeds at becoming a doctor who views Kady as his soulmate. I felt fiercely protective over Kady, much as Yeo did, because the reality of their situation is just that...very real. There are countless secondary characters, each so unique and their relationship to Kady and Yeo carefully developed through out the novel. It is very obvious that this story is different from K's previous work from the very start, there was a level of research that goes into this story and the characters that is very apparent, but it only makes the book that much better.
Yeo is my drug. And I willingly give my biggest vein to him to inject his life into me.
Captivating from the very first page, Whispers and the Roars is one of K. Websters most challenging and rewarding releases this year. It is suspenseful and touches on a multitude of heavy topics, including abuse, acceptance, mental disorders, lust, and love. While much of the novel could be considered triggers, even for me personally, I found that K handled each topic delicately. I absolutely suggest this novel, regardless of your love of darker reads or not.