- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Penguin Book; Soft Cover edition (2007)
- ASIN: B001WBIS8M
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (414 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,852,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Whistling in the Dark Unknown Binding – 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
Ms. Kagan has the ability to make the reader experience belly laughter, jitters, tingling fear, and sentimental sadness. Descriptions and dialogue are colloquial, while the plotline turns the pages for you. Gift yourself to this summer treat.....you won't regret it.
From start to finish, I was completely enthralled. Sally is a totally believable child and she has a combination of innocence, kindness and common sense that is unique. She also has great intuition, which eventually lets her sense when true danger is around (although she takes a few wrong turns along the way).
I don't know how to best categorize this book - is it the tale of two sisters who learn to turn to each other when crisis strikes? Is it a suspenseful murder mystery? There is certainly great danger, in the form of a child murderer, true evil in a world full of 50s nostalgia, standing out even more against the contrast of simpler times, long summers and kind neighbors.
To add to the drama, Sally and her sister, Troo, are nearly on their own for the summer, while their mother recuperates from a long illness. Yes, sister Nell is supposedly in charge, but she is far more preoccupied with her boyfriend and other distractions to do a proper job. SO Troo and Sally have to depend on each other. They have intensely different personalities but an equally strong bond.
Don't ignore the Conversation Guide by author Leslie Kagen, at the back of the book. It offers insight into how she actually wrote this novel, not something she had a great deal of confidence in actually completing. She came up with a superb, heartwarming work, full of heart, suspense and a master's touch at evoking time and place.
Sally is a great character whose true heart shines through the whole book. Though there are great hardships in her life, she sticks with her sisters and sees through to the end. Supporting characters like Nell, the older sister who is to care for her siblings but spends more time "exercising" with her boyfriend, Hall, the abhorrent stepfather, and the rest of the cast really pull the story along. And the background plot keeps it moving.
A great read!
I so enjoyed this book. Sally was a wonderful character. As with all children, Sally was aware of so many of the things going on in the community. She might have drawn the wrong conclusions, but only because of her lack of experience. The most difficult part about reading this book was that I longed to throw my arms around both Sally and Troo (they were so lovable), and bring them to my house to protect them from the things that threatened them. The book is less a mystery than a coming of age story, but the mystery aspect of the story was satisfying as well. There were also many poignant moments in this book that brought the hint of tears to my eyes, especially those related to parents and children. I don't want to give anything away as far as storyline, so let me just say, read this book! You won't be sorry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A real page-turner mystery of a children left to their own devices.Published 2 months ago by Barb Beller
I did not grow up in Milwaukee but have lived most of my adult live near Milwaukee. I loved the humor and the characters. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carolyn Casper
I just loved this book. Couldn't put it down ... fell in love with the characters.Published 3 months ago by Janeleslie
I got a little tired reading the little girl's voice and thought she was rather advanced for someone her age.Published 3 months ago by Bookaholic
This was a quirky, quick read, and full of heart. I love stories set during the time my parents were growing up. There was some suspense written in that held my attention. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tarheels
Sally O'Malley is a darling and often times hysterically funny narrator. This novel was excellent and it did what I always want a book to do: Tell me a really good story. Read morePublished 4 months ago by LetsGoShopping