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Whistle in the Dark

3.06  ·  Rating details ·  4,749 ratings  ·  827 reviews
Emma Healey follows the success of her #1 internationally bestselling debut novel Elizabeth Is Missing, winner of the Costa First Novel Award, with this beautiful, thought-provoking, and psychologically complex tale that affirms her status as one of the most inventive and original literary novelists today.

Jen and Hugh Maddox have just survived every parent’s worst nightmar
ebook, 352 pages
Published July 24th 2018 by Harper (first published April 24th 2018)
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Cathy I felt the same, but I did persevere and got to the very disappointing end. I spent most of the book wanting to slap that obnoxious little sh*t of a t…moreI felt the same, but I did persevere and got to the very disappointing end. I spent most of the book wanting to slap that obnoxious little sh*t of a teenager in the face!(less)
Mary Stagg I feel exactly the same as Cathy. I wanted to give her mother a good shake as well. It was almost a polemic on how many parents are scared to parent t…moreI feel exactly the same as Cathy. I wanted to give her mother a good shake as well. It was almost a polemic on how many parents are scared to parent their children. (less)

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Jun 24, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2018
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This has been the worst week of my life” was the first thing, Jen said as paramedics wheeled her daughter, Lana into the hospital. It wasn’t the first thing she had planned on saying after such a terrifying ordeal.

Jen and Lana had been on a weeklong retreat. There was to be walking and art and Jen was hoping for some mother-daughter bonding. Things had been tough with Lana for some time and Jen hoped this trip would help th
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Whistle in the Dark felt like a donut read to me. I loved the beginning, the middle felt kind of empty, and I loved the end. The story is told from Jen’s perspective. Her 15 year old daughter Lana has recently disappeared for 4 days without any explanation as to what happened to her during that time. Upon her return, Lana seems changed, but Jen can’t put her finger on how and she can’t deal with not knowing what happened to Lana. This isn’t really a mystery and it’s certainly not a thri
Whistle in the Dark begins with one of the most enticing premises of anything I've read all year: when Jen Maddox and her fifteen-year-old daughter Lana are away on holiday in the English countryside, Lana goes missing for exactly four days, and after she's found, she claims to have no memory of what happened to her. This book had all the potential in the world to be eerie and gripping and moving, but it sadly dropped the ball.

This is not a mystery about a girl's disappearance; at the heart of W
Louise Wilson
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Men's fifteen year old daughter goes missing for four agonising days. When Lana is found unharmed, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened.

Jen, Hugh, Meg and Lana are just an average, middle class family. Jen is devastated when Lana goes missing while on a painting holiday in the Peak District. When Lana is found, she swears she can not remember what had happened to her. The police draw a blank so Jen tries to uncover what happened by searching through he
Jen Maddox is on holiday with her fifteen-year-old daughter, Lana, when Lana disappears. But, somehow, Lana is found four days later: confused and bloody, but in one piece. Jen and her husband, Hugh, are beyond relieved, but Jen cannot shake the fear plaguing her. Lana has struggled with depression these past few years. What happened over those four days? Why can't her daughter remember anything? Jen knows she should welcome Lana back with welcome arms, but she cannot rest until she knows what h ...more
Ova - Excuse My Reading
I loved Emma Healy's debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing. When I saw this one on NetGalley I got really excited and requested it. So a big thank you for the publisher and NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I loved this book.

This is the story of Jen and Lana, a mother and her teenage daughter. It's mostly about Jen, always worrying, thinking for her daughter, assessing the rights and wrongs in their relationship and her decisions. Jen is a loving mum to her two daug
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having loved Emma Healey’s debut, “Elizabeth is Missing,” I was thrilled to receive a review copy of her second novel, “Whistle in the Dark.” I was a little concerned that I may not have loved this as much, but I am pleased to say that, if anything, I thought this was easily as good – if not even better. It has definitely been one of my favourite novels of the year.

Jen and Hugh are a fairly ordinary, middle aged, middle class couple. Their eldest daughter, Meg, has left home, but younger daughte
Liz Barnsley
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a huge fan of “Elizabeth Is Missing” which has taken on a whole new level of poignancy since my Mother started suffering from dementia, so I was intrigued to read another novel from Emma Healey. This time it’s a different central theme but just as beautifully written and emotionally resonant.

Whistle in the Dark is a story of family – especially of the mother/daughter relationship – we follow Jen as she struggles to connect with daughter Lana, especially after Lana goes missing for a few da
Bill Kupersmith
Jun 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emma Healey’s Elizabeth is Missing was a most affecting story portraying a dementia sufferer trying to solve two different mysteries, one the absence of her best friend and the other what happened to her sister in 1946, which gave it an arresting backstory as well. I loved it and was so eager to read the author’s latest that I ordered Whistle in the Dark from England. It is a worth-while read, but not quite worthy of the author at her best. It offers a now familiar plot - but one that provides s ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Whistle in the Dark is a slow burning mystery where the mystery is an afterthought. The synopsis of this book intrigued me, which is why I requested it on Netgalley. Unfortunately, Whistle in the Dark is an incredibly slow moving, boring mystery that doesn’t deliver.

Whistle in the Dark focuses on Jen as she tries to help her daughter, Lana, recover from being lost in the woods for four days. Jen becomes obsessed with figuring out what happened to her daughter. As the novel progresses, Jen become
Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
In 2014, novelist Emma Healey made an impact on the publishing world with her debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing. Healey returns with a new novel, Whistle in the Dark, a book with a strong line of psychological suspense that puts the limelight on teen depression and the impact this has on a family unit.

A family holiday to the Peak District goes terrible wrong when Lana, a fifteen year old girl, goes missing for four days. When Lana reappears unharmed, the pol
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Emotional and suspenseful.

Sullen and rude teen aged Lana, goes on a painting holiday with her Mum, Jen. It’s supposed to be a bonding experience. But Lana interacts with the other holiday participants more than Jen. It’s as if she can’t stand being with her Mum. Oh, the angst of a teen aged girl and her ever-inquisitive, questioning, controlling Mum!

This teen aged girl, though, she does have some issues - she is depressed, she is a “cutter,” and is undergoing stress at school, with her friends
Elaine Mullane || At Home in Books
Whistle in the Dark kicks off where most novels conclude: with what comes after the big event. Lana Maddox has recently been rescued and is safe in hospital, having been missing for four days in the Peak District National Park in central England. Rather than confusing us with a convoluted plot twist – like so many contemporary novels – Emma Healey’s newest offering sets up the mystery on the first page and then moves through a straightforward process of solving it. How very refreshing.

Lana d
What was the point of this book? First of all, every time I read about teenage girls who make their mother's lives miserable, I remember what a hard time my friends had with their daughters. Makes me happy I raised a boy.
Jen Maddox's 15-year-old daughter, Lana, disappears for four days. When she is found, she refuses to say where she was. That is the ENTIRE story, along with her mother constantly badgering her to tell her parents what happened. Her daughter is also suicidal.
I felt that reading
Mar 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I wanted to like this more than I did. Truth be told I found it boring. There was nothing profound about the story or the way it was written.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: march-2018, kindle
I really enjoyed Emma Healey's debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing, and was thus rather keen to begin her second, Whistle in the Dark. What I found within its pages was an intriguing mystery, a cast of multilayered characters, and a very tight and controlled plot. Healey explores a fascinating family dynamic, which is threatened by various factors - namely the disappearance of teenage daughter Lana, which is the focus of the plot. I enjoyed the way in which Healey builds the novel, with longer cha ...more
“Jen [felt] a sudden exhaustion from the burden of the love she felt for Lana. Why did she have to drag this love around everywhere when, sometimes, she’d like to leave it behind for a few hours? Without that love, she could float away, let her daughter’s mood improve, let her put her frown and her sharp tongue back in their still-shiny packaging. Without that love, she could be light, untethered by their shared genetics, by the memory of Lana as a baby, or by the pride she felt in her wit, even ...more
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
2 1/2 stars

I tried to like this book. Jen and Hugh's 15 year old daughter Lana had been missing for four days while the two of them were away at an art "boot-camp". The story dealt with problems of Lana's depression and erratic behavior at home. Jen tried to relate to her daughter but she was quite unsure of herself, and always seemed to be saying the wrong thing.

I still want to read "Elizabeth is Missing" by this author. I've read very positive reviews on it.

Christine -  LifeWithAllTheBooks
I haven’t read this author’s previous book ‘Elizabeth is Missing’ but I do remember hearing a lot about it, so I was quite excited to read her latest book ‘Whistle in the Dark’. The first page immediately drew me in, it is pretty unusual to start at the point where the missing girl is found and then covering the aftermath and I found this immediately intriguing. The mystery lies in discovering what happened to Lana whilst she was gone and how the whole family adjusts to her return. The character ...more
Whistle in the Dark is a reflective family drama with aspects of a mystery in the background. 15-year-old Lana is found disoriented and slightly injured after having been missing for 4 days. Lana's mother, Jen, is desperate to find out where her daughter was and what happened to her. But Lana's response remains: "I can't remember". What follows is a quiet - at times rather bland - exploration of a family living with a teenager with mental health issues. The story is told from the mother's perspe ...more
Aug 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Whistle in the Dark” is a psychological-thriller/domestic fiction with which mothers of moody teens will identify. Author Emma Healey flawlessly writes her protagonist, Jen, as the worried mamma who becomes consumed with her daughter’s mental health.

Jen’s daughter, fifteen-year-old Lana, was missing for four days during a mother/daughter vacation. The reader is introduced to the story after the missing event occurs. What the reader learns is that Lana doesn’t want to inform anyone as to what ha
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This has the best and, in my opinion, the most accurate depiction of a family I've seen. I fell in love with their interactions and their time together. This isn't so much a thriller/mystery as it is a look into paranoia and how that affects families. After the youngest daughter goes missing, there are a lot of questions as to what happened, but the daughter refuses to answer. We look at a lot of ideas that the mother conjures and consider the daughter's actions to see what may have hap
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
15 year old Lana disappears for 4 days during a mother-daughter trip. She returns bloody and disoriented and claims to have no recollection of where she was or why she was gone. Her parents, Jen and Hugh, are relieved to have their daughter home. Yet...Jen can't put it behind her and needs to find answers. Sounds like the makings of an awesome thriller, right? Wrong. The author explores family bonds, mental illness, it's affect on other family members, and mother-daughter relationships. As someo ...more
Katy Noyes
Rather dull and slow, an 'aftermath' story with the world's most paranoid mother.

2.5 stars.

Alright, I DO understand that a mum whose child has been missing and then is found is going to be emotional, paranoid and worried about what's happened, how the daughter is coping, wondering what really happened...

But: "Gang affiliation? It hadn't been something Jen was worried about, but she'd add it to the list now." This is just one of dozens of things the mother panics about. On another occasion she as
Deb Jones
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Poignant insights into the intricate relationship between a mother and her teenage daughter. Adolescence is rarely an easy time for the teen him or herself, nor for his/parents, but this situation becomes all the more complex after the teenager goes missing for four days while on holiday with her mother.
Callum McLaughlin
This was one of my most anticipated releases of the year, so it's with a heavy heart that I give it this low rating. Perhaps my own self-inflicted hype even played a part in my eventual lukewarm feelings towards it.

Things in this novel started out really well, with a great concept and a good amount of intrigue. It was very readable, and I powered through the whole thing in a single weekend, which has to say something in and of itself. Though they are very different in content, it has a similar n
Karen Carter
Feb 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Having loved Emma Healey's first novel, I was very much looking forward to reading this one. As a genre it is difficult to pinpoint as it is in part a thriller and in part a family drama. The concept was really intriguing since we meet the characters when Lana - a fifteen year old who has been missing - has already been found. As she settles back into her turbulent life, we begin to unravel where she may have been and meet her family with whom her interactions are awkward. The relationship that ...more
Having read some rave reviews for Emma Healey's debut novel, I was keen to read this book.

Whilst being intrigued to find the answer about why Lana went missing, I became frustrated by the convuluted story about the family relationships.

I am aware that my review does not reflect the opinions of many other readers, but I found this book rather hard going.

I didn't warm to the characters, well crafted though they are.

However, as I had to find out what had happened, I suppose a 3 star rating must be
Paul E. Morph
My wife recommended this book and I'm glad she did. This tale of a mother trying to find out what happened to her suicidally depressed daughter when she disappeared for four days is a genuinely excellent character study, particularly as the mother has mental health issues of her own.

The mental health issues of both characters are written skilfully with a great deal of understanding. I was definitely impressed by the author's writing chops.

I won't say too much, as I don't want to give anything aw
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Whistle in the Dark is such a powerful read. Not only boasting a compelling storyline with a definite air of mystery (something that always pulls me into a novel), it also has some really interesting characters of the type I really like reading about - not always hugely likable, but captivating all the same.

The story itself addresses some really serious issues, including missing children and mental health. I don't want to give anything away you can't glean fro
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Emma Healey grew up in London where she studied for her first degree in bookbinding. She then worked for two libraries, two bookshops, two art galleries and two universities, before completing an MA in Creative Writing at the University East Anglia. Her first novel, Elizabeth is Missing, was published to critical acclaim in 2014, became a Sunday Times bestseller and won the Costa First Novel Award ...more

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