Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey
My kindle pick for this month was whistle in the dark…I would have to say, this book has no place on my favorite list.
Aside from this being a very touching story of a normal family you can meet anywhere, I couldn’t find any of the characters likable. However, I really enjoyed how delicate the writer was in handling this sensitive issue, she was able to capture the exhaustion, self-doubt, and anxiety a parent could have when it comes to their children’s safety and well-being.
The only reason I kept reading this book was to find out what happened to Lana when she went missing. If you are looking for a thriller or a mystery novel this not it, while if you are looking for domestic psychological fiction this is the book for you.
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. #JKritique