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Whistle in the Dark

Narrated by: Julia Deakin, Laura Aikman
Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
4.1 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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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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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”.

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  • mrs t m snook
  • 26-06-2018

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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  • Naomi
  • 12-08-2018

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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  • ruby
  • 12-05-2018

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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  • awizzbang
  • 19-07-2019

Slow and depressing

I purchased this having enjoyed Elizabeth is missing. Sadly this did not live up to the promise of the earlier novel. The story was slow and depressing with characters which were not well developed. I did manage to finish it and the ending was better than the long drawn out middle bit.

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  • Viv
  • 28-10-2018

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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  • C O'Brien
  • 17-09-2018

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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  • Katie
  • 04-03-2019

A long time to realise you’re going to be disappointed!

As so many others have said this isn’t really a story, more of a stream of consciousness of someone’s mind. Good in places but incessantly long descriptive dialogues that have no purpose. A very long book with no real story. So disappointing after Elizabeth is Missing. I’ve never returned an Audible book but I think this might be my first one! If I had been reading it I would have stopped long before half way.

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  • Dorothy
  • 27-08-2018

So Disappointing!

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

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  • MRS B.
  • 18-10-2020

Enjoyable listen

Found this book very different and an unusual storyline. Identified with many of Jen’s thoughts as a Mum and typical teenager Lana’s comments. I thought the ending was good.

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  • Suzanne Miller
  • 07-10-2020

Brilliant

This gripping story is so eloquently narrated. The story will transport you into a complex world of characters. It’s the kind of novel that will stay with you long after you finish it. Highly recommended...