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  • Published: 22 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241327654
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

Whistle in the Dark

From the bestselling author of Elizabeth is Missing

Four missing days. Could you cope with not knowing?

When Lana goes missing for four desperate days and returns refusing to speak of what happened, Jen fears the very worst. She thinks she's failed as a mother, that her daughter is beyond reach and that she must do something - anything - to bring her back.

The family returns to London where everyone but Jen seems happy to carry on as normal. Jen's husband Hugh thinks she's going crazy - and their eldest daughter Meg is tired of Lana getting all the attention. But Jen knows Lana has changed, and can't understand why.

Does the answer lie in those four missing days?
And how can Jen find out?

  • Published: 22 January 2019
  • ISBN: 9780241327654
  • Imprint: Penguin General UK
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 336
  • RRP: $19.99

About the author

Emma Healey

Emma Healey is 28 years old and grew up in London. She has spent most of her working life in libraries, bookshops and galleries. She completed the MA in Creative Writing: Prose at UEA in 2011. Elizabeth is Missing is her first novel.

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Praise for Whistle in the Dark

Healey is a natural story-teller

Claire Fuller, author of 'Our Endless Numbered Days'

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, bestselling author of 'My Husband's Wife'

This novel is a beautiful and rare thing - a page turning thriller with all the pain, warmth and humour of authentic family life portrayed. I absolutely loved it.

Kate Hamer, author of 'The Girl in the Red Coat'

Utterly compelling and insightful, I was drawn into this family in crisis from the first chapter of this unflinchingly honest and beautifully written novel

Rosamund Lupton, bestselling author of 'Sister'

A compelling modern family drama with witty and wonderful characters. Utter bliss.

Nina Stibbe



Oozing with tension and written with captivating brilliance


Gripping, deeply affecting

Irish Times

As gripping as its predecessor


A beautiful exploration of mental health and love


I adored the forensic detail of Healey's writing and the wry, sharp take on millenial family life

Daily Mail

A fast-paced, gripping read


At once an absorbing thriller and a beautifully observed study of the relationship between mother and teenage daughter


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