14/52: Whistle in the Dark


Kath's Bookshelf / Friday, May 25th, 2018

I have officially finished reading the fourteenth book of the year; Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey. I picked it up as April’s bookshop buy (since deciding I should buy a book a month from a bookshop so as to support the places I love to hang out in so much) because I saw it piled up by itself, labelled as a new book everyone was talking about. I was intrigued by its beautiful cover (because, in bookshops, sometimes you’ve got to judge a book by a cover) and the realisation I’d seen a picture of it on Instagram earlier on in the week. Here is my review of the understandably popular Whistle in the Dark.

Jen’s daughter, Lana, was missing for four days. A farmer found her, disorientated and dishevelled. But once back with her family, it’s clear she doesn’t want to talk. Whether she remembers what happened in those four days or not, Jen is determined to get to the bottom of it. Whistle in the Dark tells the story of a family with unanswered questions and a girl battling with depression.

Whistle in the Dark is told in an almost poetic way. Rather than being split into chapters, the narrative is broken up by short headings. This pretty structure made me think of Rupi Kaur’s work and it’s wonderful to see the two different forms almost meet in Whistle in the Dark. Healey magicked up a narrative that is sewn together with a delicacy that makes you hold your breath between each section. I think it reflects the delicate relationship between Jen and Lana, as well as the struggles they are both experiencing.

I’m not the most confident book reviewer as it is, but Whistle in the Dark is hard to review. I don’t want to give too much away in fear of giving everything away. This book, I can confidently tell you, however is one to read. It’s light and dark, lovely and lonely. It’s a story about life, family and mental health. Our bookshelves need more books just like this one.

I rate Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey as 4/5!

You can…

  • Buy the book on Amazon HERE!
  • Check out other reviews of this book on Goodreads HERE!
  • Read my review of the thirteenth book I’ve read this year HERE!

“We read to know we’re not alone,” – William Nicholson.

Love, Kath

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