Thriller | Whistle in the Dark | Emma Healey | Guest Review

We’re delighted to sharing Laura’s review of Emma Healey’s Whistle in the Dark.

Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Viking (3 May 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241327628
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241327623

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?

Available to purchase in digital, hardcover and audiobook formats.  Paperback publishes January 2019.


Emma Healey’s second novel is a mystery based on a teenage disappearance. The narrative is built around her return and her mother’s determination to discover the truth.

Lana, is a depressed, self-harming 15 year old who disappears during an art workshop holiday with her mother in the Peak District. She reappears four days later injured but alive. Jen, her mother is preoccupied with Lana’s refusal of acknowledging what happened and insists she can’t remember.

An interesting novel based on a dysfunctional mother- daughter relationship. The concept was compelling however after the gripping start to the story I found the characters difficult to engage with and therefore took me awhile to finish this book.

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Married with two sons in their early 20’s, I love my day job as an Inclusion Lead. I am passionate about early help, expressed not only in my setting but also as a member of Bournemouth’s Early Help Operational Board. It’s an honour to be working alongside others to instigate change and growth.

I’m also passionate about my love of reading, being out in nature and creating with crochet.

I’ve been blogging for seven years at Jera’s Jamboree.


1 Comment

  1. August 3, 2018 / 7:55 am

    It’s a shame the characters weren’t easy to engage with Laura, the description sounds really intriguing!

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