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Whistle in the Dark
Whistle in the Dark | Emma Healey
Four missing days. Could you cope with not knowing? 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 the police draw a blank. The once-happy, loving family return to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school, and sleeping with the light on. As Lana stays stubbornly silent, Jen desperately tries to reach out to a daughter who has become a stranger.
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kathedron
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Mehso-so

Not easy to rate. It's not a mystery/thriller so much as an exploration of how inter-generational mental illness impacts upon family relationships. In the doing it makes for characters (people!) who are not easy to warm to. Emma Healey crafts a fine sentence and the varying chapter lengths emphasise the fractured, on/off mother/daughter relationship. It's good but I wasn't struck by the ending and all-in-all I found it a bit... unrelenting.

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kathedron
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I'm soooo grateful that Miss K and I have a much easier relationship than do Jen and Lana. Nevertheless... 💔

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KTV323
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Panpan

This book sounded so good and I'm so disappointed! I hated every single one of the characters.....no one really had a redeeming quality for me. This is the only book I've read of this author, so I'm hoping her other books are better

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Clwojick
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Another audiobook, another project 😂 Hopefully this keeps up, and my time between semesters ends up being productive in both my reading stats, and the bits and bobs around the apartment that‘s I‘ve been meaning to get to. #summersendreadathon

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KatWDV
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Enjoying this so far! #emmahealey #mothersdaughters

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BookishMarginalia
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I‘m doing #ImmersiveReading with the hardcover and the audiobook 👍🏼

LiteraryinLititz This is the first I‘m hearing about this book but I know I have to read it! I really, really liked Elizabeth is Missing several years ago. 12mo
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WanderingBookaneer
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Aimeesue Meta Litsy! 😂😂😂 12mo
BookishMarginalia 🤷🏻‍♀️😘😇 12mo
mcipher I love these posts! 😂😂 12mo
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BiblioLitten 😄 love it! 12mo
AlaMich So if you both are looking at Litsy and taking pix of each other at the same time, will you be transported into the Matrix? 12mo
batsy This has become my fave genre of pics 😁 12mo
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BookishMarginalia
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So I now have 3 print books and a couple of audiobooks actively going at the same time... 🤷🏻‍♀️😎

Jakaranda You aren‘t alone😆 12mo
JSW I read a lot at the same time, too. I‘m very restless these days. 12mo
TheSpineView I usually have at least 3. 12mo
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gypsymoon
Whistle in the Dark | Emma Healey
Mehso-so

I had a hard time deciding on a rating. I was really disappointed by the ending. I kept expecting some exciting twist or interesting explanation that never came and the characters weren't very likable. I was annoyed by most of their behavior throughout the book. And yet I did find the story compelling enough to finish in a single day and there were aspects that I identified strongly with in Lana. All in all worth a read but it didn't blow me away.

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everfree7
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Next up!

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Fridayfilms
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Pickpick

It‘s nice to read a book that‘s chosen for you, with no preconceptions about what it will be like. I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was something entirely different from what I expected when I finally ventured in. I‘ll say no more.

TrishB I liked this one and I have this edition- it‘s lovely isn‘t it 😁 1y
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Aseleener
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Panpan

I quite liked "Elizabeth is Missing", so I was looking forward to this. It was a big disappointment to me. I was really bored by it. In some ways I felt for Jen, but I also thought she didn't handle things well. There was a glimmer of an "unreliable narrator" aspect, but that fizzled out and was never explained. The ending was very tidy and there was no big twist or anything very exciting. Blah. ⭐⭐

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Aseleener
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Sunny Sunday morning kitty cuddles while reading. ❤ my Peatie cat. 😻 #catsoflitsy

Quirkybookworm 😊❤️❤️ 1y
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TrishB
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Pickpick

Very hard for me to review this book as I have very close personal experience with the issues identified here. They are not sanitised either, you don‘t really like mother or daughter. I would say if you haven‘t been through these things don‘t judge. Hard as a mother not to think it‘s all your fault and why can‘t I fix it.
The ending was a bit neat, but I thought it was a better book than Elizabeth is Missing.

saresmoore It sounds like a creepy/difficult read. 1y
Kalalalatja What @saresmoore said 💔 1y
Kalalalatja Also, beautiful edition! 1y
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MicheleinPhilly I didn‘t enjoy Elizabeth is Missing but I‘ll definitely give this one a shot. Great review! 1y
batsy 💜 Great review. 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Cool edition 🖤. I may give this a try, Elizabeth Is Missing was just okay for me. 1y
Cathythoughts Excellent review ❤️ 1y
IljaRianca This looks like a pretty heavy read! But it sounds interesting. 1y
Andrew65 Great review. 💕 1y
Cinfhen 😘 1y
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Rachel.Rencher
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I just saw this book advertised on Facebook. The description makes it sound identical to Good As Gone by Amy Gentry. Has anyone read it? What did you think?

thereadingowlvina I've not read it yet but I loved her earlier book - Elizabeth Is Missing. So, am curious about this one! 😊 1y
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MimiLovesToRead
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A Goodreads win!
#bookmail

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Laru79
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Mehso-so

Just finished this and aside from the fact that it took me ages to read, I‘m not sure what else to say! It was well written but I‘m not sure that I liked or sympathised with any of the characters or even really cared about them, which considering it was about mental health, is kind of a shame. The author is giving a talk at my library tomorrow, so I am interested to find out more about the book from her. Maybe it‘ll help me understand it better

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HiddenGemBooks
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Jen's daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened. The once-happy, loving family return to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school, and sleeping with the light on. As Lana stays silent, Jen tries to reach out to a daughter who has become a stranger.

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Laru79
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Making the most of being awake since 4am by reading more of this. Emma Healey is giving a talk at my library in a week or so, so I‘m excited to hear her talk about this book. It‘s already giving me chills. I know I would FREAK OUT if one of my girls went missing and couldn‘t tell me about it!

TrishB Very tempted by this one! 2y
Laru79 I think it‘ll be good! I did doze off again while reading but that wasn‘t book-related!! 2y
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Michellesibs
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Pickpick

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.

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artkavanagh
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Emma Healey‘s first novel, 𝐸𝑙𝑖𝑧𝑎𝑏𝑒𝑡𝒉 𝐼𝑠 𝑀𝑖𝑠𝑠𝑖𝑛𝑔, caught my attention when I noticed somebody reading the French translation on a train. Somehow, I never got around to reading it. This review of its successor makes me think it‘s time I did: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/may/13/whistle-in-the-dark-emma-healey-re...

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readingjedi
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Mehso-so

Kinda underwhelmed by this one. It just missed the mark - not by much, but missed is missed. The depiction of a fraught mother/teenage daughter relationship was largely authentic but covered familiar ground. But it was the ending that did for me. I felt the whole thing was building up to something really juicy but the resolution seemed rushed, mundane and predictable.

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JaneyWaneyB
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Another one added to my #TBR pile which is growing by the day 🤤😕 ah well 😄 I couldn't resist this beautiful book and thriller/mystery story of a missing child returned but no answers for where she was or what happened.

#Bookaholic🤓 #BookHaul📚 #BeautifulCovers #CoverArt #Booknerd 🤓#Thriller #Mystery #EmmaHealey

Christine11 It wasn‘t what I expected but I really liked it! I hope you do too! 😊 2y
JaneyWaneyB @Christine11 now I'm even more intrigued 🤔😃 2y
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Clare_Riley
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The start of my working week is off to a rather good start (it was a bank holiday here yesterday in the U.K.). The publisher sent me this as a thank you for writing a review of the book!!

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readingjedi
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Finally! My snuffly little girl is asleep ... though she's coughing in her sleep, poor little thing.

Mama is grabbing some book time while she can! A favourite fragrance and a nice IPA.

Happy Friday Littens!

#bookandbrew

asiriusreader Hope your little girl feels better soon! 2y
readingjedi @asiriusreader Thank you ☺ 2y
dragondrool Hope she's better soon! 2y
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readingjedi
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Nothing eats into your reading time like a poorly kiddo. Hoping to snatch some time for this one - have started it but haven't yet got far enough in for it to grab me.

laurenbescoby Hope they feel better soon! ❤ 2y
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sumaiyya.books
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Pickpick

I loved this book so much!! It‘s a character driven story that takes place AFTER the missing teen is found. My full review if you can spare a couple of minutes: https://sumaiyyareads.wordpress.com/2018/05/03/book-review-whistle-in-the-dark/

BarbaraBB Stacked! This sounds real good. Great review. 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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This is brand new - I'm the first person to borrow it from the library. Total booknerd behaviour because I keep opening and closing it not wanting to ruin it. 😊😊

LiteraryinLititz I really was impressed by Elizabeth is Missing so I‘d love to hear what you think of this one once you read it! 2y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @LiteraryinLititz yes!! Me too so I'm eager to read this one! Hope it's great! 2y
BlameJennyJane Ha ha. Do you listen to it? I love listening to the sound of a new book opening. 2y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders @BlameJennyJane 🤣 no I don't think I listened to it but maybe? It's a nice feeling book for sure! 😊😊 2y
DebinHawaii Oh cool! I enjoyed her first book. Stacking this one! 📚👍 2y
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sumaiyya.books
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I‘ve just started this - looks great so far. What are you reading?!

ephemeralwaltz Started Chemistry by Weike Wang! 2y
merelybookish Your kitty looks unconvinced. 😸 2y
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aliasNayNay Two Sisters by Mary Hogan 2y
wanderlustforwords It‘s sounds really good! And this photo is way too cute! 2y
wanderlustforwords I‘m listening to Children of Blood and Bone and reading The Chosen and a book of shorts called The Visiting Privilege. I was really interested in The Chosen at first but now that I‘m half way in it‘s hit a lull, we‘ll see. I‘m really enjoying the other two so far. 2y
rahil I started reading this.. 2y
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juliannebenford
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Got up, had breakfast, got back into bed with my book! How are you spending your Saturday?

Liatrek Same! In bed with coffee and book ❤️ 2y
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BeckyK
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#MarchInBooks photo challenge has started! 😊

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BeckyK
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Have you SEEN my mug?!? 1.3 pints of glorious tea! It covers my face and fits all sizes of biscuit for dunking. My boyfriend thinks it‘s excessive but he‘s wrong 😊 #DwarfedBook

TrishB Looks great ☕️ 2y
Christine11 I read this one a few weeks ago - I liked it and found it quite unusual! Hope you‘re enjoying it 😊 2y
BeckyK @Christine11 I‘m really enjoying it at the moment. I‘m constantly trying to work out what‘s going on too! 😊 2y
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BeckyK
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Thanks @penguinrandomhouse 😍 I can‘t wait to read it! #EmmaHealey #WhistleInTheDark

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Christine11
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Pickpick

I really liked this ARC I received from NetGalley. It‘s a bit of slow burn mystery with a real sense of unease throughout. I think some people may find it doesn‘t have enough action but it worked for me !
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Full review on my blog if you fancy looking 😊💖
https://lifewithallthebooks.com/2018/02/01/whistle-in-the-dark-by-emma-healey-re...

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Christine11
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1. I‘m reading an ARC called Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey. It‘s about the mother of a girl who went missing for four days and then returns claiming to not be able to remember what happened to her. It‘s great so far !
2. Salted Caramels
3. Millennial - I‘m 25
4. Bottle of Evian water 💦
5. Yoga, visiting my grandma and seeing friends ! Hopefully reading too 😊
@MinDea #HumpDayPost 💗💗💗