We are absolutely thrilled that The Whispers, Ashley Audrain’s hotly anticipated new novel, publishes today in North America with Penguin / Pamela Dorman Books / Viking.

The Whispers follows the story of four suburban families whose lives are irrevocably changed when a terrible accident occurs. Told from multiple perspectives, Audrain’s novel masterfully explores the dark side of motherhood, the intuitions we silence, the complexity of close friendships, and the power of desire, jealousy and revenge.

The Push, Ashley Audrain’s unforgettable debut novel, took the world by storm: it was selected as a Good Morning America Book Club Pick in the US, and was an instant New York Times bestseller, a Sunday Times bestseller, as well as a No. 1 Globe & Mail and Toronto Star bestseller for multiple weeks. This chilling novel about the dark side of motherhood cemented Ashley as one of the most exciting and unique new voices in fiction, so it’s no surprise that The Whispers has generated an enormous amount of buzz ahead of publication.

The Whispers was selected as Apple Canada’s Thriller of the Month for June 2023, a June Library Reads Pick and it has already featured in ELLE Canada, as well as The Globe & Mail’s ‘Thirty nine fiction and non-fiction books to read this spring’ and The New York Times. Rave reviews have been pouring in for The Whispers, and we couldn’t be more delighted:

“In The Whispers Ashley Audrain explores the combustibility of secrets and rage among mothers in a small community… expertly, subtly and powerfully rendered….[and] she delivers a sucker-punch ending you’ll have to read twice to believe.”
—The New York Times Book Review

“Nobody delves as deep into the guts of motherhood as Ashley Audrain, she really is in a league of her own.” -Lisa Jewell, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Family Remains.

“Enticing, nuanced and unflinching, The Whispers opens a secret portal into the private lives of women in suburbia.” – Nita Prose, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Maid

“The Whispers is a chilling story and a beautifully observed exploration of what it means to be a woman, highlighting the sacrifices involved and the often frightening choices that have to be made.” Sarah Pearse, New York Times bestselling author of The Retreat

“An honest, uncensored look at women and motherhood in the wake of a mysterious tragedy, The Whispers is a must-read.” – Mary Kubica, New York Times bestselling author of Just the Nicest Couple

“The Whispers is a masterwork: a page-turner, a searing emotional rollercoaster and a beautifully-written hymn to the pain, the love, the fury of motherhood.” – Rosie Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of Every Summer After

Huge congratulations on your publication day, Ashley! North American readers, you can pick up your copy here. For UK readers, The Whispers publishes 20th July 2023.