Whistle In The Dark

Whistle in the Dark

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Penguin Books UK

Synopsis:

Jen and Hugh Maddox have just survived every parent’s 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 can’t remember.”

For years, Jen had tried to soothe the depressive demons plaguing her younger child, and had always dreaded the worst. Now she has hope—the 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 Lana’s steps, a journey that will lead her to a deeper understanding of her youngest daughter, her family, and herself.

Thoughts:

I had a very odd relationship with Emma Healey’s debut novel, it didn’t quite work for me, however, I was really intrigued by the synopsis of her latest novel Whistle In The Dark.  I’m really glad that I gave Emma Healey’s writing another chance, because I actually really enjoyed this book. Don’t you love it when a book surprises you?

Whistle In The Dark opens with Jen and Hugh’s daughter being found after being missing for several days. Lana is found pretty much unharmed with just some injuries on her body. The worst isn’t over yet though, Lana refuses to tell anyone what had happened to her in those days. The story then follows Lana and her family as they begin to adapt to life after such a worrying event.

I was immediately gripped at the beginning, wondering what on earth had happened to Lana. I loved that the story was told from Jen’s perspective, but this is a story where I wonder what it would have been like to hear more from Lana.

This story is about the challenges of being a mother. Not only the everyday challenges of motherhood, but the challenges of being a mother to someone who is incredibly troubled. Lana suffers from depression, leaving her mother to be incredibly anxious and exhausted. She constantly worries about Lana’s wellbeing.

I thought Emma Healey perfectly captured Jen’s anxiety over her daughter and her desire to find out exactly what had happened to her. It was very believable. I feel like this book really delved into family life and explored relationships, not just between Jen and Lana but between Jen and Meg (her other daughter) and Jen and her husband, Hugh too. I don’t usually enjoy books like this, but I was gripped and I put that down to Emma Healey’s wonderful writing.

The only reason why I haven’t rated this book any higher, is that I felt like the middle of the story lacked pace to keep me super intrigued. The beginning and the ending are fabulous, but I was left wanting more when reading the middle section.

Would I recommend it?
Yes!

A truly engaging read about the stresses of family life!

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This Week In Books #112

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

Whistle in the Dark The Wonder of Us Blood and Chocolate

NOWWhistle In The DarkEmma Healey– I’m just about to start this book, hopefully I’ll get a good chunk of it read tonight after work.

THENThe Wonder Of UsKim Culbertson– I enjoyed this YA read, but it didn’t blow me away.

NEXTBlood and ChocolateAnnette Curtis Klause– This is the book that Beth and I are reading for our Banned Books feature. I’m very intrigued by it!

What are you reading this week? Let me know!

This Week In Books #111

I am joining in with the lovely Lipsy from Lipsy’s Lost and Found’s feature which highlights our week in books. I shall be sharing what I’m reading now, then and next! I won’t be showcasing my new books as I do that on a Saturday. I’m really excited by this feature as I loved sharing my recent reads. My book reviews published on my blog are often WAY behind what I’m actually reading, so this is a good feature to keep you up to date!

Book images go to Goodreads!

The Wonder of Us My Husband’s Lies Whistle in the Dark

NOWThe Wonder Of UsKim Culbertson– I’m just about to start this book (hopefully tonight or tomorrow!) and I’m intrigued to see what I make of it. It looks like a decent YA contemporary.

THENMy Husband’s LiesCaroline England– I was a little bit let down by this book. It wasn’t what I had anticipated. My review is up here.

NEXT Whistle In the DarkEmma Healey– I was meant to read this book earlier in the month, but I didn’t get around to it. It’s definitely on my radar for this weekend! 🙂

What have you been reading this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by. Happy Reading!

Stacking The Shelves #41

Click on the image to take you to Tynga's blog to learn more!

Click on the image to take you to Tynga’s blog to learn more!

Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you’re adding to your shelves, be it buying or borrowing. From ‘real’ books you’ve purchased, a book you’ve borrowed, a book you’ve been given or an e-book they can all be shared!

As ever, click on the book image to get to its Goodread’s page!

Bought:

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The formatting of this blog was really annoying me. I’ve got a bad ear infection, so couldn’t be bothered to mess around with it. I was excited to get these books though. I forgot I had ordered them, as they took much longer than expected, so it was a lovely surprise for them to arrive.

I’m excited to read OCD, the dude and me by Lauren Roedy Vaughn. I’ve heard some great things about it and it looks like a decent read. I picked up Bitter End by Jennifer Brown and Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson because I loved the books I’ve read from them before. (Jennifer Brown- Hate List, Laurie Halse Anderson- Speak and Wintergirls).

NetGalley:

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I was very good and only requested one book which was Elizabeth Is Missing by Emma Healey.  It sounds great, so I look forward to checking that one out!

I also downloaded Colleen Hoover’s novella Finding Cinderella, a spin off from the Hopeless series. It’s free! So I just had to…

What have you added to your shelves this week? Feel free to leave your link and I’ll visit your blog at some point this weekend!