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Whistle in the Dark: A Novel Hardcover – July 24, 2018

3.3 out of 5 stars 156 ratings

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“[An] absorbing thriller. . . . Healey writes movingly about motherly love, and the pain that comes when you can’t protect your own, even from themselves.” (The New Yorker)

“For those who like their thrillers a little more literary, this one’s for you. Healey’s follow-up to her breakout Elizabeth Is Missing promises a psychologically arresting mystery surrounding the disappearance of a 15-year-old girl. Intriguing commentary on mental illness, trauma, and family life abounds.” (Entertainment Weekly, “Summer’s 11 Hottest Thrillers”)

“What starts with a thrillerish seteup—missing teen—takes us to a more familiar but equally disturbing place. Trying to understand what happened to her daughter, Jen learns that we may be our own greatest fear.” (Family Circle, “Summer’s Best Books”)

“You have to read Whistle in the Dark. . . . A powerful novel about shared trauma, the effects of mental health on the family, and the pressures of motherhood, this is a slow-burning and utterly unsettling domestic thriller you will have a hard time putting down.” (Bustle)

“Gripping psychological suspense pitting a hostile teen who won’t explain herself against a mom turned detective who’ll risk even her sanity to reach her daughter.”
(People, “The Best New Books”)

“An absorbing view of a family, with the emphasis on the mother-daughter connection, in which—flaws aside—love shines through.” (Booklist (starred review))

“I don’t know anyone else who writes like this. Emma Healey’s voice soars, sings, and startles as she takes you right under the skin of her characters. She ‘magics’ the ordinary into the extraordinary and, just as impressively, transposes the extraordinary to the ordinary. Unforgettable.”   (Jane Corry, author of My Husband’s Wife and Blood Sisters)

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“[A] knockout debut...Ms. Healey’s audacious conception and formidable talent combine in a bravura performance that sustains its momentum and pathos to the last.” (Wall Street Journal)

“Spellbinding.” (New York Times Book Review)

From the Back Cover

From award-winning novelist Emma Healey comes a wry, poignant, sharply observed new novel about mothers and daughters in the modern age.

Jen and Hugh Maddox have just survived every parent’s worst nightmare.

Relieved but still terrified, they sit by the hospital bedside of their fifteen-year-old daughter, Lana, who was found bloodied, bruised, and disoriented after going missing for four days during a mother-daughter vacation in the country.

Lana won’t tell anyone what happened, and the police think the case is closed. But Jen can’t leave it alone. Lana is distant, hostile, and acting strangely: she stops going to school and sleeps with the light on.

Jen is sure the answer lies in those four missing days. Lana seems equally sure she’ll never speak of it. Terrified of losing her all over again, Jen has to do something. But how do you rescue someone who has already been found?

Asking how well you can know even those closest to you, Whistle in the Dark is a masterfully drawn, thought-provoking, and psychologically complex tale that affirms Emma Healey’s status as a writer at the top of her game.


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  • Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062309714
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062309716
  • Dimensions : 1.5 x 6.1 x 9.1 inches
  • Publisher : Harper (July 24, 2018)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.3 out of 5 stars 156 ratings

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and anti-climatic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wry, touching portrait of a family in turmoil
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