“Masterfully written”

Darryl Stephens

There’s no such thing as perfect love.

Nina Chandler knows this to be true. Even so, love is the one thing missing from her almost perfect life. With a medical degree and new house, she’s worked hard to twist and tug her dreams into reality. But with her twenties almost over, it sometimes feels like she slept through the party and woke up to find everyone gone.

When a young woman cannonballs into Nina’s world, she’s a big, bold example of everything Nina isn’t. Page, with her edgy personality and free spirit is…perfect. Nina struggles to understand why someone so effervescent would be drawn into her small, suburban life, but her insecurity fades before the glory of Page’s adulation.

Of course, there’s no such thing as perfect love.

Nina tells herself that, when small red flags rise and fall. A moment of pure, selfish recklessness. A sharp word, a bone-cold look. But if there’s one thing Nina has always been good at, it’s hushing the voices of doubt that get between her and her ambitions—until those dreams start to spin out of control, and become a nightmare she can’t wake up from.

What Readers are Saying

“In a world where we voraciously consume fantasy, and where nerd culture reigns supreme, Howard gives us an intense look at the darker sides of a relationship. But the social commentary doesn’t stop there, framing this experience through the eyes of a female narrative we seldom get to see. Representation is sorely needed in this genre, and this tale gives readers a space to not only feel for the characters, but also develop a empathy for what it means to be human, regardless of identity.

Mercedes Samudio, Bestselling author, speaker, and psychotherapist

“Sheena Howard has combined her scholarly brilliance with a remarkable gift for fiction writing. With Nina’s Whisper, Howard takes us on a chilling and all-too-relatable journey through the messiness of an unhealthy relationship. Her explorations of love and relationships are beautifully complex, always keeping track of the experiences, choices, and systems that shape our interior lives. Howard is the kind of captivating storyteller whose characters linger long after you finish reading. This is an urgent, timely, and captivating text that challenges our understandings of race, gender, sexuality, and the forms and faces of abuse. This book promises to haunt, anger, console, and ultimately inspire anyone who opens it.”

– Marc Lamont Hill, Host of BET News and author of Nobody: Casualties of America’s War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond

“Howard continues to bring light to the important issues of our time. Nina’s Whisper grabs the reader from the very first page. Taking us on a journey of one woman’s struggle to see her relationship for what it is – an abusive one. This book is masterfully written and challenges the script we have all been taught about intimate partner abuse.”

-Darryl Stephens, lead actor in the hit series, Noah’s Arc, Boy Culture and From Zero To I Love You