Whistle in the Dark

Whistle in the Dark

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"Jen and Hugh Maddox have just survived every parent́ђةs worst nightmare. Relieved, but still terrified, they sit by the hospital bedside of their fifteen-year-old daughter, Lana, who was found bloodied, bruised, and disoriented after going missing for four days during a mother-daughter vacation in the country. As Lana lies mute in the bed, unwilling or unable to articulate what happened to her during that period, the national media speculates wildly and Jen and Hugh try to answer many questions. Where was Lana? How did she get hurt? Was the teenage boy who befriended her involved? How did she survive outside for all those days? Even when she returns to the family home and her school routine, Lana only provides the same frustrating answer over and over: "I cańђةt remember." For years, Jen had tried to soothe the depressive demons plaguing her younger child, and had always dreaded the worst. Now she has hopéђؤthe family has gone through hell and come out the other side. But Jen cannot let go of her need to find the truth. Without telling Hugh or their pregnant older daughter Meg, Jen sets off to retrace Lanáђةs steps, a journey that will lead her to a deeper understanding of her youngest daughter, her family, and herself."--Amazon.com.
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780062309716
Branch Call Number: FICTION HEALEY 2018
Characteristics: 330 pages ; 24 cm


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Aug 29, 2018

read, I was really looking forward to this new book by Emma Healey. The plot is compelling on the surface: a teenage girl (Lana) disappears for days and then reappears seeming to have no memory of where she was or how she got the cut on her head and other injuries. The story is told from the POV of the mother (Jen) and seems to go round and round in circles until the last 25% of the book. Included are some "out there" theories on hell and other religious ideas. The end was gratifying, but the middle not so much.


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