Whistle in the Dark From the bestselling author of Elizabeth is Missing Synopsis
In the award-winning Elizabeth is Missing debut novelist Emma Healey explored grandmother Maud's attempt to solve a 70-year-old mystery as she succumbed to dementia. Now, in her dazzling follow-up Whistle in the Dark, we meet Jen, mother to 15-year-old Lana - who has just been found after going missing for four desperate days. Lana can't talk about the missing days. As her daughter's life falls apart, Jen turns detective to discover what happened . . . 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? 'A psychological thriller that meshes the homely with the Gothic' Literary Review 'Oozing with tension and written with captivating brilliance' Heat 'As gripping as its predecessor' Elle 'Gripping, deeply affecting' Irish Times
Whistle in the Dark From the bestselling author of Elizabeth is Missing Press Reviews
A beautiful exploration of mental health and love * Stylist * Courageous...intriguing...entertaining * Observer * The novel's real strength, though, lies in its examination of such intimate familial ties and the incredulity that in a world of Google Earth, rolling news and endless online discussion groups, something - a mystery - could still go unmapped. And the conundrum isn't even so much where Lana has been, but how parents can connect with their children in such dilemmas, and how many of life's problems cannot be immediately or easily solved * Financial Times * The achievement of this follow-up lies its finely drawn mother/daughter pairing and sharp take on the nitty-gritty of contemporary familial relationships...the desperate love of a parent for a child they cannot know is wonderfully true to life * Guardian * Gripping * Bella * A fast-paced, gripping read * Closer * [A] satisfying, cathartic mystery -- Jenny Colgan * Guardian * There's a winning irreverence to Healey's writing * Guardian * Authentically and empathetically written * Daily Telegraph * I adored the forensic detail of Healey's writing and the wry, sharp take on millenial family life * Daily Mail * A gripping tale ... a deeply affecting account of one woman's quiet but unyielding refusal to allow hope to succumb to helplessness and despair * The Irish Times * A sensitive study of a mother-daughter relationship * Woman & Home * Beautifully written * Good Housekeeping * It's as gripping as its predecessor * Elle * Quirky, humorous and entirely engrossing * Sunday Mirror * Healey broadens the remit of the thriller...the author has managed a double feat here, creating a psychological thriller that meshes the homely with the gothic...the novel builds to a climax and the moving final sentence is formally and emotionally the perfect resolution * Literary Review * A sobering journey into the underworld of the human psyche * Irish Independent * A sharp and sympathetic description of the whole strange business of and having a teenage child - and of being one * Reader's Digest * An enjoyable novel about the complicated bonds of family life * Mail on Sunday * Healey thoughtfully explores complex problems facing young women and families today and in Lana she has created a masterpiece of inarticulacy * Daily Express, Four Stars * Rich with emotional depth * Evening Standard * At once an absorbing thriller and a beautifully observed study of the relationship between mother and teenage daughter * Refinery29 * Written with captivating brilliance and oozing with tension, this is a novel you really do not want to miss * Heat, Five Stars * Many will relate to the fraught familial relationships, which are expertly realised in this tense contemporary novel ... the interactions are so utterly real that you get completely drawn into their world ... Healey writes with such an ease and naturalness that it carries you effortlessly forward * Sunday Independent * I don't know anyone else who writes like this. Emma Healey's voice soars, sings and startles as she takes you right under the skin of her characters. She 'magics' the ordinary into the extraordinary and, just as impressively, transposes the extraordinary to the ordinary. Unforgettable. -- Jane Corry, bestselling author of 'My Husband's Wife' Healey is a natural story-teller -- Claire Fuller, author of 'Our Endless Numbered Days' Utterly compelling and insightful, I was drawn into this family in crisis from the first chapter of this unflinchingly honest and beautifully written novel -- Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of 'Sister' This novel is a beautiful and rare thing - a page turning thriller with all the pain, warmth and humour of authentic family life portrayed. I absolutely loved it. -- Kate Hamer, author of 'The Girl in the Red Coat' A compelling modern family drama with witty and wonderful characters. Utter bliss. -- Nina Stibbe
About Emma Healey
Emma Healey, a former bookseller, 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, her first novel, was a Sunday Times Bestseller, won the Costa First Novel Award 2014 and was shortlisted for the National Book Awards Popular Fiction Book of the ...
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