Whistle in the Dark
How do you rescue someone who has already been found?
Jen’s fifteen-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 the police think the case is closed. The once-happy, loving family returns to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school, and sleeping with the light on.
With her daughter increasingly becoming a stranger, Jen is sure the answer lies in those four missing days. But will Lana ever reveal what happened?
Fifteen-year-old Lana goes missing for four days. The news spreads like wildfire and the police are called in to investigate. Her mother and father, Jen and Hugh, go out of their minds with worry, desperately searching for their daughter in the smallest details around them. But clues are sparse and with the days stretching into one another, their shrinking world dons a cloak of darkness and desperation notches up to all new heights. When a farmer finds Lana, bloodied and frozen, on his property, she tells them she lost her way. And when they ask how she received her injuries, she tells them she can’t remember. Despite the relief Jen feels, cracks have shuttled through her heart. Why, when she looks at her daughter, is she afraid? Why, if she is relived, does she feel dread stirring in her mind? As Jen and the police try to tempt answers from Lana, Lana refuses to let them in. What really happened to her over those four days? And why is she so different from the girl she was before?
Jen and Lana’s relationship had been on rocky ground long before what happened in the Peak District and the ensuing chaos. But now their bond has been stripped back to slamming doors and arguments. A poor imitation of what it was. And despite Jen’s somewhat clunky attempts to bridge their lives back together, Lana remains distant, reticent, different. Jen is under a lot of stress, not only with Lana but with her eldest daughter, Meg, who is heavily pregnant. Usually a tough cookie, reluctant to ask others for help, she now seeks Jen’s advice and comforting arm for the daunting journey she’s on.
Jen’s household is suspended in a chaotic state. Lana is a different person now, susceptible to sudden bouts of rage and phases of near silence where Jen’s tumbling emotions are a constant white noise in her head. Lana looks different, behaves differently, even her voice has changed. As Jen tries to gauge her feelings and determine what really happened and why it has washed away her old daughter for a new one to settle in her place, the tension climbs and climbs, which subconsciously made me read just that little bit faster.
Whistle in the Dark is a mystery with so much emotion poured into the pages. I loved author Emma Healey’s debut Elizabeth is Missing. It had all the ingredients to cook up a beautiful recipe. The writing is sublime, story compelling and characters unforgettable. Whistle in the Dark is just as brilliant! An emotional, intriguing and mysterious novel that will resonate with a lot of readers. I’m so looking forward to reading her third book. I don’t have a doubt in my mind it will be another absolute cracker!
Compelling. Intriguing. Fabulous.
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About Emma Healey
Emma Healey wrote her first short story when she was four, told her teachers she was going to be a writer when she was eight, but had learnt better by twelve and had decided on being a litigator (inspired entirely by the film Clueless). It took another ten years before she came back to writing. She grew up in London where she went to art college and completed her first degree in bookbinding. She then worked for two libraries, two bookshops, two art galleries and two universities, and was busily pursuing a career in the art world before writing overtook everything. She moved to Norwich in 2010 to study for the MA in Creative Writing at UEA and never moved back again. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel.
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Huge thanks to Jennifer Acton for my review copy!!