I’m not much of a zombie lover. Dead people that are not really dead…eh. Doesn’t do much for me. So I didn’t expect to like a zombie story, but this one took me by surprise.
What would happen if we didn’t care anymore? Wouldn’t we be walking dead?
Karen is a preschool teacher, determined to make a difference in children’s lives after the worst has already happened. She and the normal humans live safe inside city walls, while outside the Mindless roam. The Mindless have been infected by a disease that damages their brains and takes away their ability to empathize.
Persuaded by her little sister to take a daring trip outside the city to search the ruins of a library for books, Karen thinks her life is over when a Mindless named Leo captures her and carries her away. But…he doesn’t kill her. Instead, he protects her from the other Mindless.
She and Leo are taken in by an army camp run by a rogue scientist who wants to use Leo as an experiment. But, drawn by Karen’s kindness and vitality, Leo is starting to wake up. She has to decide if she’ll abandon this ‘monster’ in the name of a cure, or admit the truth that he was once as human as she is. And he could be again.
Will she choose to care? Or become, in a way, Mindless herself?
Whispers in the Dark was a thought-provoking picture of what happens to a society that ceases to feel. We are the ones who can see the truth of our nature, by looking through God’s eyes. This story reminded me that the right choice often isn’t popular. Sometimes it feels completely against our nature. Because it is. We take on a new nature, in Christ.
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Pam Jernigan started writing in elementary school and never quite got over it. Invisible friends are some of her favorite people. She was born a Yankee but realized the error of her ways in her early twenties and moved to North Carolina, where she now lives with one husband, two almost-grown children, and two almost-grown kittens. The cats may move out before the children do; time will tell.
She’s always been a sucker for variations of Beauty & the Beast and is partial to romance stories that feature a hero who falls for the heroine on sight and has to hustle to get her attention and prove himself worthy. Snappy dialog is always a plus. She’s a firm believer that people have enough angst and drama in their real lives, so she writes to entertain and let readers escape to fun worlds which are not entirely constrained by reality.
Pam has written and shared weird stories for thirty years, and in 2017 she finally got up the courage to self-publish. Whispers in the Dark is not the first novel she’s written, but it was the first to get up to publishable quality. Self-publishing has been an adventure. She looks forward to doing it again, as soon as those other novels are whipped into shape.
She religiously avoids talking politics in public (which is to say, she tries to avoid it but sometimes fails) but will cheerfully confess to being a Christian. She loves to sing anything from Handel’s Messiah to modern country to Christian rock.