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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,983 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lesley Kagen Narrator: Lesley Kagen Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Whistling in the Dark Series Release Date:
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Sally O’Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she’d look after her sister, Troo, and keep her safe. But like her Granny always said, actions speak louder than words. And Sally would have to agree with her. Because during the summer of 1959, the girls’ mother is hospitalized, their stepfather has abandoned them for a six pack, and their big sister, Nell, who was left strict instructions to take care of them, is too busy making out with her boyfriend to notice that Sally and Troo are on the loose. And so is a murderer and molester. Highly imaginative Sally is pretty sure of two things: who the killer is and that she’s next on his list. If nobody will believe her, she has no choice but to protect herself and Troo as best she can, relying on her own courage and the kindness of her neighbors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the summer’s hot reads.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Innocently wise and ultimately captivating.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

  • “The plot is a humdinger…a certifiable Grade A summer read.”

    Capitol Times

  • “Delightful…gritty and smart, profane and poetic.”

    Milwaukee Magazine

  • “[A] compassionate debut, a coming-of-age thriller…An enchanting protagonist.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Kagen’s debut novel sparkles with charm thanks to ten-year-old narrator Sally O’Malley, who draws readers into the story of her momentous summer in 1959. The author has an uncanny ability to visualize the world as seen by a precocious child in this unforgettable book.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “Kagen’s debut novel sparkles with charm…The author has an uncanny ability to visualize the world as seen by a precocious child in this unforgettable book.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dev | 2/13/2014

    " I loved this book! It was fabulous! I laughed at the way little Sally O'Mally told her story -she has quite the imagination! The characters were so real that I could picture what each one looked like in my mind. I was confused about one aspect of the book, did Sally actually jump into Sampson's pen and the end of the story? I would have to say that this book is not for the faint of heart -language and sex stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mandy Griffin | 2/13/2014

    " Great book. An enthralling story of family, community and the every day decisions that become life-changing, Whistling in the Dark is a mystery combined with laugh-out-loud humor told in a way that only a 10-year-old perspective could tell. Definitely worth picking up, but you won't be able to put it down. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Carlin | 2/11/2014

    " I really felt like the author took you into the neighborhood and into the characters lives. It's told from a 10 year olds perspective, which is humorous at times, but definitely adult material as Sally (10 year old) tries to uncover who might be murdering/molesting young girls in the neighborhood. A lot of different adult themes going on: death, language, fear, adultery, drinking, etc. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Trisha Stevenson | 2/5/2014

    " I loved it! It grabbed me from the prologue, and I didn't put it down until I was done. I am not an avid reader so this is a BIG deal!! The voice that Kagen gave to the main character was so appropriate and humorous in light of the terrifying situation. "

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About the Author
Author Lesley Kagen

Lesley Kagen is an actress, voice-over talent, and restaurateur, as well as the author of multiple national bestselling novels. Whistling in the Dark was a Midwest Choice Honor winner. Land of a Hundred Wonders, an Indie Next pick, was also nominated for a Midwest Choice Award. She lives near Milwaukee, Wisconsin.