Book Title:
Whisper of Death
Book Author:
Christopher Pike
Publishing Date:
December 1st, 1991
Publisher:
Archway Paperbacks
Date Read:
December 30th, 2015

Synopsis

Roxanne and Pepper are a teenage couple with problems. They leave their small town for a weekend to try and solve them. They don't really succeed, and when they return home they find their town empty.

They call other towns.

They find the whole world empty.

But eventually they discover three other Kids their Age who are still alive in the town. They cannot imagine why the five of them seem to be the only ones left of the entire human race. They have only one thing in common. They were each directly or indirectly involved in the death of Betty Sue - the plain, shy girl who committed suicide only a short time ago. Betty Sue - the quiet, brilliant girl who wrote short stories about each of them. Stories of hate, of revenge, of death in a dead world.

It makes them wonder who Betty Sue really was.

Or what Betty Sue was.

My Review

I have had multiple copies of this book throughout the years, and I have read it countless times.  However, between moving from my parents’ house, to moving into an apartment, and finally into my house (and failing to ever completely unpack all of my things, I guess), over the years I have lost them.  So since I often thought about this book (and how freakin’ awesome it is), I found a copy on eBay for like $3 (it’s been out of print for a while now, so this is probably your best bet at getting a copy for yourself if you decide to), and told my husband to buy it for me for Christmas.  Since he’s pretty awesome, he definitely did, and I was lucky enough to get a chance to reread it (albeit for like the 20th time, but whatever).

It was pretty much just as awesome as I remember, and since I haven’t read it in like 8 years, it was even more awesome than the last time I had picked it up.  I always liked a good Christopher Pike novel, and this was awesome YA horror before “YA” was anywhere near as popular as it is today.  Truth be told, Whisper of Death was way ahead of its time, which is probably why it wasn’t really one of the more popular Christopher Pike novels (anyone remember Chain Letter?), but it was always my favorite. 

See, I don’t know exactly what it is about this book that I’m so drawn to, other than the fact that it’s creepy as hell and just flat out well written.  So many YA horror novels are written with a lot of filler that’s supposed to add creepiness, but it’s more like stuff that just adds some shock factor to the book.  That isn’t really the case with this…this book is actually kind of…well…terrifying (I actually had to put it down and read something else at night because there was no way I could read this thing and fall asleep).

Roxanne and Pepper are pretty much your typical teenage couple.  They spend their time together when they can, break into the science lab at school and steal telescopes to go watch the stars with, you know, that sort of thing.  Roxanne falls in love with Pepper, and after one romantic night together in Pepper’s barn, they find themselves in predicament that they need to figure out, and fast.

One sleepy morning, on their way back from a town a little ways off from their own, Roxanne notices a hitchhiker on the side of the road, who looks awfully familiar, but she disappears at the last minute.  From there, they return to an empty town.  There’s no one at the gas station when they stop to refuel their car.  There’s no one broadcasting anything on the radio.  There’s no one answering their phones.  It seems the whole world is empty.  Except for Roxanne and Pepper, and a few other kids that they go to high school with.  Together, they have to figure out what’s going on, and why they’re the only ones left in an otherwise empty world.

When they start talking about Betty Sue, a strange girl who had committed suicide only a short time before, they come across her journal and secrets that might have been better left undiscovered. 

It’s rare that I rate a book 5 stars, add it to my favorites list, or even reread a book a second time (let alone the 20 some times I’ve probably read this one by now), so this is definitely something special.  Since it’s out of print and hard to find, I really wanted to share this with you in hopes that you might enjoy it, too!

5 stars
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2 Responses to Whisper of Death by Christopher Pike

  1. Deanna says:

    I love, love, love this review! I probably read this when it was originally released. I was a HUGE Christopher Pike fan back in the day. My favorite was Remember Me. 🙂

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