Whistle in the Dark

Whistle in the Dark

From the bestselling author of Elizabeth is Missing


Penguin presents the audiobook edition of Whistle in the Dark by Emma Healey, read by Julia Deakin and Laura Aikman.

In the award-winning Elizabeth is Missing debut novelist Emma Healey explored grandmother Maud's attempt to solve a 70-year-old mystery as she succumbed to dementia.

Now, in her dazzling follow-up Whistle in the Dark, we meet Jen, mother to 15-year-old Lana - who has just been found after going missing for four desperate days. Lana can't talk about the missing days. As her daughter's life falls apart, Jen turns detective to discover what happened . . .

How do you rescue someone who has already been found?

Jen's fifteen-year-old daughter goes missing for four agonizing days. When Lana is found, unharmed, in the middle of the desolate countryside, everyone thinks the worst is over. But Lana refuses to tell anyone what happened, and the police think the case is closed. The once-happy, loving family returns to London, where things start to fall apart. Lana begins acting strangely: refusing to go to school, and sleeping with the light on.
With her daughter increasingly becoming a stranger, Jen is sure the answer lies in those four missing days. But will Lana ever reveal what happened?

'A psychological thriller that meshes the homely with the Gothic' Literary Review

'Oozing with tension and written with captivating brilliance' Heat

'As gripping as its predecessor' Elle

'Gripping, deeply affecting' Irish Times


  • Every bit as compelling as the frenzied hype suggests. A gripping detective yarn and a haunting depiction of mental illness
    Observer on 'Elizabeth is Missing'

About the author

Emma Healey

Emma Healey grew up in London and completed her first degree in bookbinding. She then worked for libraries, bookshops, art galleries and universities before studying for the MA in Creative Writing at UEA in 2010. She is the author of Whistle in the Dark, and Elizabeth is Missing, which was a Sunday Times Bestseller, won the Costa First Novel Award 2014, and was made into a BBC film starring Glenda Jackson. She lives in Norwich with her husband, daughter and cat, and regularly volunteers for Vision Norfolk with a group of visually impaired, and incredibly imaginative, creative writers.
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