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Publisher's Summary

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey, read by Julia Deakin and Laura Aikman.

After the best-selling, Costa First Novel award-winning Elizabeth Is Missing comes Whistle in the Dark....

How do you rescue someone who has already been found?

Jen's 15-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and police draw a blank. The once happy, loving family return to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: making secretive phone calls, hiding books under her bed, sleeping with the light on. 

As Lana stays stubbornly silent, Jen sets out to solve the mystery behind her daughter's disappearance herself....

©2018 Emma Healey (P)2018 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic Reviews

 "This novel is a beautiful and rare thing." (Kate Hamer)

"Healey is a natural storyteller." (Claire Fuller)

"I don't know anyone else who writes like this." (Jane Corry)

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  • mrs t m snook
  • 06-26-18

Unexpected therapy

Downloaded this book after hearing an interview on Sara cox show, darkly insightful at times, funny at times, but a very necessary read for any parent, however old your offspring are, in this age of ever increasing rates of depression. Please don’t let that put you off, it is a fantastic ...,not so much a story, but a long article about motherhood and all the anxieties that go with it!
I listened to it on 0.75 speed accidentally to start with and changed to full speed when I realised, but changed back to 3/4 speed again as it seemed easier to listen to and more soothing at the slower pace.

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  • lisasarcy
  • 05-09-18

Very Disappointing

I loved ‘Elizabeth is missing’, for it’s imaginative plot mostly, so was really looking forward to this, even if the premise seemed at first glance to be a little less interesting. However, not only was the overall story very difficult to care about, the two central characters were an unfortunate blend of basic two dimensionally dull, and quite spectacularly annoying.

The narration had some patchy areas, the mother and eldest daughter were very hard to distinguish between.

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  • Naomi
  • 08-12-18

good read

a story of a mother's struggle to understand her self harming daughter...an account rather than riviting plot

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  • karen hart
  • 06-16-18

Well written but a bland ending.

The story was really well written however, it didn't really lead anywhere and was disappointing. The story seemed too long for such an anticlimax.

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  • GEMMA LYMN
  • 06-16-18

Disappointing

I’ve enjoyed every book I’ve chosen since joining audible last year but I’m sad to say I didn’t enjoy this one at all! The writing was brilliant with beautiful, detailed descriptions to enable you to immerse yourself into the story but the story itself had a very weak plot. I found myself dreading the end when I realized there wasn’t going to be some unexpected twist that would leave me surprised and happily satisfied I’d hung in there for the 8 or so hours of listening. It is basically a story of teenage angst and a paranoid mum who imagines all sorts of things in her head which aren’t true at all. My children aren’t yet teenagers so maybe I would have identified with the character more if they were. Overall, I don’t like leaving negative reviews as I’m sure the author toiled over this book but nor would I want other readers to invest in it and be disappointed as I was.

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  • ruby
  • 05-12-18

what happened!

i loved Elizabeth is missing and gave it 5 stars, so i was so excited when i saw the author had another book coming out. what on earth happened? i would never have thought the two books were even penned by the same author. the characters are all whiny and unlikeable and the story just limped along with unnecessary detail and not much happening at all. complete disappointment, ten hours of my life i will never get back and the return of my credit requested.

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  • cheryl craven
  • 05-10-18

Brilliant read ,

Brilliant read , why do we think the worst of our kids .Why do we feel like we are bad parents .
I think every parent feels this . This book has put things in perspective what's important what's not .
I loved the characters in this story I could relate to them all . Thank you

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 05-17-18

What ever happened to Lana?

Emma Healey's Elizabeth is Missing was a great success - her focus there was the mental states of old people. Whistle in the Dark focuses on the mental state of 15 year-old Lana, Her parents Jen and Hugh have always done their best for her and tried to help her conquer her depression and urge to self harm. Jen takes her on a bonding painting trip and it's then that Lana goes missing for 4 days. The newspapers home in on the story and when Lana is found covered with strange injuries and claiming to have no memory of what happened, all kinds of fantastical and painful stories are printed about what might have happened - from sex to Satanic cult activity. The truth is revealed at the end.

The story is told by Jen and the pain, frustration and powerlessness she suffers in trying to help her daughter drives her close to distraction. The conversations where Jen tries to help and Lana blocks her and returns to her Messaging are brilliant in their excruciatingly painful reality, as is the disintegration of Jen as the very best she can do is never right. Anyone who lives with a teenager as troubled as Lana will recognise every line. But there's humour too and tremendous vitality, humanity - and hope. The story is fleshed out with flashbacks and it ends on an up.

The narration captured the different voices of Lana and Jen making them absolutely real. The whole comes from tremendous observation and understanding.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-18

Good story, slightly irritating narration

I found the opening and ending of this book very compelling but it dragged in a few places in the middle. Jen’s inner monologue was interesting and relatable, as was her relationship with her daughter. The main narrator’s “Lana voice” was a bit whiney and the narration over all I think didn’t quite do justice to the story. The separate narration of Lana’s voice was better.

Lovely portrayal of a difficult family situation though, and I enjoyed it as much as I did”Elizabeth is missing”.