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The House of Whispers

William Le Queux

Book Overview: 

This is a story about a young lady and her blind father who live in a House of Whispers. "There is a legend that those who hear the whispers die quickly and suddenly."

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .n was that deep, all-absorbing devotion which makes men sacrifice themselves for the women they love. He was not very demonstrative. He never wore his heart upon his sleeve, but deep within him was that true affection which caused him to worship her as his idol. To him she was peerless among women, and her beauty was unequalled. Her piquant mischievousness amused him. As a girl, she had always been fond of tantalising him, and did so now. Yet he knew her fine character; how deeply devoted she was to her afflicted father, and how full of discomfort was her dull life, now that she had exchanged her school for the same roof which covered Sir Henry's second wife. Indeed, this latter event was the common talk of all who knew the family. They sighed and pitied poor Sir Henry. It was all very sad, they said; but there their sympathy ended. During Walter's absence abroad something had occurred. What that something was he had not yet determined. Gabrielle was not exactly the same . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Rather dated but excellent thriller/mystery

The House of Whispers is a book written and set in the early 20th century. The main character is Gabrielle Heyburn who holds a terrible secret from her past, and this secret keeps her from revealing the truth to her father and also her lover. There was a lot of buildup in the book for her dastard...more

I really didnt like the first 90% of The House of Whispers by William Le Queux. It was often dreadfully boring. The dialogue goes in circles needlessly and repeatedly, making it quite tedious to read. That it was a mystery was repeated regularly because, without those reminders, the reader would...more