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Author: Emma Healey Narrator: Julia Deakin, Laura Aikman Publisher: HarperAudio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2018 ISBN: 9780062798756
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Emma Healey follows the success of her #1 internationally bestselling debut novel Elizabeth Is Missing, winner of the Costa First Novel Award, with this beautiful, thought-provoking, and psychologically complex tale that affirms her status as one of the most inventive and original literary novelists today.

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.

A wry, poignant, and masterfully drawn story that explores the bonds and duress of family life, the pain of mental illness, and the fraught yet enduring connection between mothers and daughters, Whistle in the Dark is a story of guilt, fear, hope, and love that explores what it means to lose and find ourselves and those we love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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, author of My Husband’s Wife

  • “Emotionally compelling…Intriguing and entertaining.”

    Guardian (UK)

  • “An exquisite portrait of a mother’s healing love for her troubled daughter.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “With masterful skill and mounting suspense, Healey reveals the complexities and ambiguities of family life. A brilliant and unsettling novel.”

    Margot Livesey, author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

  • “Emma Healey is a natural storyteller. She expertly shows what it’s like to have a depressed teenage daughter—all the love, worries, and frustrations were perfectly observed—while still managing to bring out the comic side of modern family life and wrap it in a story that urged me to keep reading.”

    Claire Fuller, author of Swimming Lessons

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About the Author

Emma Healey is the author of Elizabeth Is Missing. She holds a degree in bookbinding and a master’s in creative writing. She lives in London, where she was raised.

About the Narrator

Laura Aikman is a voice talent and audiobook narrator.