Book review: The Listeners by Jordan Tannahill


One night, while lying in bed next to her husband, Claire Devon suddenly hears a low hum. This innocuous sound, which no one else in the house can hear, has no obvious source or medical cause, but it begins to upset the balance of Claire’s life. When she discovers that one of her students can also hear the hum, the two strike up an unlikely and intimate friendship. Finding themselves increasingly isolated from their families and colleagues, they fall in with a disparate group of people who also perceive the sound. What starts out as a kind of neighbourhood self-help group gradually transforms into something much more extreme, with far-reaching, devastating consequences. 


 I was drawn to this one initially for its trippy cover and it’s safe to say the inside matches! The concept of this one is really interesting, it blends faith, conspiracies, cults and mania all into one.⁠

There has always been the trend of unlikeable characters in the books I enjoy and this one is no different. I was sympathetic for our main character Claire but she makes several bad decisions along the way that, morally, are hard to root for. There are plenty of side characters who aren’t completely detestable but I can’t say I liked them either.⁠

I feel like this is the kind of book that is better going into without much prior knowledge but it’s safe to say this one is speculative, literary weird. It’s a character-study with a perplexing mystery at it’s heart and it will take you on quite a journey!⁠

This isn’t a perfect book, there are parts of the story that didn’t work for me, including some plot points that felt unrealistic or easily solvable, however for the most part I really enjoyed this and it did live up to the expectations I had of it!⁠

I could see this working brilliantly as a taut psychological horror movie and I’m excited to explore more of Tannahill’s work.⁠

I was gifted this book by 4th Estate Books in an exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Book Details:

Pages: 272
Edition Published:
Genre: Fiction
Goodreads Av. Rating: 3.68

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