Review: Whispers in the Mist by Darcy Coates

Clare and Dorran may still be alive against all odds, but relief is only temporary. Dorran is sick, and rapidly worsening. Clare fears the only way to save him lies in the mysterious Evandale Research Station, supposedly one of the few remaining human refuges. But the station is three days’ journey away, and Clare isn’t certain their small group can endure that long.

Because the danger they’re facing comes not only from the ravenous hollow ones… but from each other.

This terrible new world has left scars, and only some of them are physical. As Clare fights to protect the most precious people in her life, she begins to realize a horrible truth: Not everyone can be saved. And sometimes the worst monsters wear a human smile.

Whispers in the Mist by Darcy Coates. Book # 3 in the Black Winter series. Narrated by Angela Dawe. Published by Black Owl Books, April 2021. Unabridged audiobook run time of 12 hours and 17 minutes.

I have been in love with this series as soon as I found out about it a few years ago. I have been eagerly devouring each book as soon as I could get my hands on them! I was so excited to see how the next part of the story turned out. Book number 3 finally answers some questions for us.

Whispers in the Mist does not disappoint. Especially if you are anxious to know what happened to Clare’s sister, Beth. It was nice to finally meet said sister. There are plenty of swerves and twists with the Beth story line. I was pleasantly surprised with what all went down.

We also finally reach the research station and the people who can help save the world. Once again, I did not see the action here coming. It happens a little abruptly, and over all kind of on the short side of the plot, but it has a very nice creepy and nasty vibe. I would have loved to have a little bit more time at the research center. Again, things just felt a little quick and short here.

Quick and short is kind of book #3’s jam. The plot moves really fast, but at times it felt a little too crowded with sister stuff plus the research center stuff, and all the stops in between. It wasn’t a bad thing, but it did feel like a lot of set up for the final book in the series, where we see Clare and Dorran head back home.

This book series is so beautiful and bleak. BUT…. in Whispers in the Mist, we finally start to feel like there is some hope left alive. There is hope for our main characters as well as all of the surviving humans. This book is where we finally begin to feel like the creatures can maybe be killed for good, and we actually begin to find more and more survivors which was pretty cool. For the first time in the series it feels like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel.

While there isn’t as much creepiness as in book 1 and 2, Whispers in the Mist is still a fun, spooky ride. There are wonderfully creative descriptions of the hollows. The plot has a quick pace and you never feel like you are dragging through the book. While some spots did feel a little crowded, I found the novel very entertaining and I’m glad I have one more book to read before this series is over.