Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey

Whistle in the Dark

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 nightmare.Relieved, but still terrified, they sit by the hospital bedside of thei...

Details Whistle in the Dark

TitleWhistle in the Dark
Release DateJul 24th, 2018
GenreFiction, Mystery, Contemporary

Reviews Whistle in the Dark

  • Deanna
    My reviews can also be seen at: https://deesradreadsandreviews.wordpr...“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 ...
  • Esil
    3.5 starsWhistle 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. T...
  • Louise Wilson
    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 trie...
  • Ova Incekaraoglu
    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 ...
  • Kristy
    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 welcom...
  • Susan
    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. ...
  • Rachel
    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 myste...
  • Liz Barnsley
    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 da...
  • Bill Kupersmith
    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. I...
  • Amanda - Mrs B's Book Reviews
    *https://mrsbbookreviews.wordpress.comIn 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 fo...
  • Nadine
    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 ...
  • Kirsty
    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...
  • Christine
    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...
  • Marianne
    “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 L...
  • Barbara
    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. ...
  • Barbara
    “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 learn...
  • Jen
    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 me...
  • Andrew
    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 wha...
  • Sam
    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.
  • Maureen
    2 1/2 starsI 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...
  • 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 t...
  • Karen Carter
    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 he...
  • Laura
    Book reviews on www.snazzybooks.com 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 do...
  • Robert
    As a forewarning a lot of my Goodreads followers may not like Whistle in the Dark as it forms part of the trend called 'Up Literature' in fact there are similarities between this and Eleanor Oliphant i.e heavy issues but accessible to many. HOWEVER when I review a book I take certain aspects into account and that is plot, characters and use of language and here it works on all levels:My review:https://deucekindred.wordpress.com/20...
  • Margaret Madden
    When fifteen-year-old Lana goes missing on an artists retreat, everyone fears the worst. Four days later she is found. She is exhausted, yet relatively unharmed. She insists she has no memory of the events surrounding her disappearance and refuses to talk about it. Lana's mother, Jen, returns to London with her daughter and tries to resume family life. But that is not as easy as it seems. Her need to understand the reason for her daughter's missi...
  • 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...
  • Jo
    Whilst on a painting holiday in the Peak District, Jen's 15 year old daughter Lana goes missing for 4 days. She returns harrowed and bleeding and claiming no memory of what happened to her. The novel follows the family as they try to cope with Lana's ongoing depression and secretiveness and Jen's attempts to understand and 'fix' everything. This was a well-written insight into family life tinged with mental health issues and tragedy amidst all th...
  • Sid Nuncius
    I'm afraid I didn't get on at all well with Whistle In The Dark. Plainly a lot of other readers did and I'm in a small minority, but I found it rather clunky, needlessly slow and not very original in its insights.The book opens with Jen and Hugh's daughter Lana arriving at hospital after having gone missing for four days while on holiday in the Peak District. Lana insists that she cannot remember anything about what has happened and we are left g...
  • Michelle Sibley
    Meet Jen a mother of two daughters, Meg is a lesbian who is pregnant and has broken up with her girlfriend and Lana is depressed and suicidal and has been found after 4 days of being missing. This is difficult to read at some points but overall I enjoyed the book. Feel the author has handled the subjects well and I’ll definitely think of this book each time I look at the sky.
  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    Overall this was mostly disappointing for me. :-( Honestly! What is happening with the books where I eagerly anticipate and I'm so excited to read and they don't turn out they way I had expected? This one took until the very end to be interesting? A good ending? Not one that was as expected, but by that time it wasn't enough to change my feeling of disappointment in it.