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The Murmurings Blog Tour: Excerpt & Giveaway

26 Feb 2013

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Murmurings by Carly Ann West. Today, I have an excerpt for you as well as a giveaway at the end of the post!

The Murmurings
by Carly Anne West
Publisher:Simon Pulse
Release Date: March 5th,  2013

A teen girl starts hearing the same voices that drove her sister to commit suicide in this creepy, suspenseful novel.
Everyone thinks Sophie’s sister, Nell, went crazy. After all, she heard strange voices that drove her to commit suicide. But Sophie doesn’t believe that Nell would take her own life, and she’s convinced that Nell’s doctor knows more than he’s letting on.
As Sophie starts to piece together Nell’s last days, every lead ends in a web of lies. And the deeper Sophie digs, the more danger she’s in—because now she’s hearing the same haunting whispers. Sophie’s starting to think she’s going crazy too. Or worse, that maybe she’s not…


The wordless murmurings in my ear turns to one strained, sputtering gasp, and I open my eyes wider to catch the faint rippling of my reflection across the bathroom.

“Please”, I whisper, no longer believing that anyone will come to my rescue.

The rippling grows stronger, and soon my reflection is disappearing behind an undulating figure that’s turning blacker and blacker with each movement.

“Please, don’t.” But I know it’s no use. It won’t understand me. Nothing can keep it from trying to get from me what it thinks I have.

A curtain of black, oily hair spills from the glass, obscuring the eyeless face and moving, silent mouth. Long skinny digits follow, twitching on the ends of blacked, rotting hands – a decaying body and halting legs emerge last from the mirror, leaving a layer of oily residue in their wake.

My joints lock into place, freezing me in a stiffened pose, as if they’re given up hope before my mind has. My reflection in the mirror is gone. I’ve already been blotted out of existence. The Taker is laying its claim to my body in an attempt to restore its own. 

Is it me, or does the "curtain of black..." paragraph sound a lot like The Ring?  I'm imagining Samara climbing out of the TV now...*shudder*

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  1. This sounds wonderfully creepy, Shirley!! And yay! I live in the US so thanks for the giveaway and sharing! :)

  2. I can't enter since I'm not in the US; but I'm so very curious about this book and I can't wait to read it. It's just so deliciously creepy. I enjoyed the excerpt a lot so I know I'll love the rest too.

  3. Oh this book had so many scary parts to it, but what surprised me the most was what these creepy things were. Thanks for sharing this excerpt with us Shirley! :)

  4. Um. YIKES. This is definitely not the book for me, I'm a wuss of epic proportions and can not deal with the scariness of the above excerpt. *shudders* I'm going to go watch a Disney movie now full of singing crustaceans and dancing candlesticks, and then my world will be well again:)

  5. *shudders* that is some scary excerpt!! I have actually not watched The Ring because I am actually not a fan of scary/horror movies but man.. the cover is calling for me!!

    awesome post,
    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  6. Oooo my expectation of this book is going higher just by the posts! Although I have seen some middle review for this book! I also participated in this tour with a guest post and I thought Carly was a lovely author! Thanks for sharing Shirley! :D x


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