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Whistle in the Dark

Narrated by: Julia Deakin, Laura Aikman
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)
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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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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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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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Tedious waste of time

I kept on with the book hoping it would improve, get to the crux of the story & surprise. The surprise was it didn’t do any of these things.
I felt really sorry for Lana who had such a mother without any understanding, patience & empathy. That must have been the point. It just became difficult to hang on with the same drudge of muddled feelings. Narrator wasn’t inspiring either. Don’t bother with this, save your credit. I wish I had.

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Never gets going

No real mystery, suspense built for nothing. Got duller as time goes on. The plot didn’t make sense at times too.

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Don't bother.

What a disappointment this book is, after the excellent Elizabeth is Missing.. Very little happens and the characters are intensely irritating. Particularly Jen, whom I could cheerfully have slapped.

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So Disappointing!

Dull and boring Little or no story Too much dialogue. Her first novel was so good

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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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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
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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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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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