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Whistling in the Dark
Whistling in the Dark
Author: Lesley Kagen
It was the summer on Vliet Street when we all started locking our doors... — Sally O'Malley made a promise to her daddy before he died. She swore she'd look after her sister, Troo. Keep her safe. But like her Granny always said-actions speak louder than words. Now, during the summer of 1959, the girls' mother is hospitalized, their st...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780451221230
ISBN-10: 0451221230
Publication Date: 5/1/2007
Pages: 297
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  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 356 ratings
Publisher: NAL Trade
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
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30 member(s) found this review helpful.
This book brought a host of memories rushing back for me, and most of them were sweet and precious. This is a very vivid and powerful novel that reads like a memoir. I had to keep reminding myself that it was fiction, though the author did base many characters on people in her life (including her 10 year old self) as a child in 1959. Not only is this a wonderful book about two girls growing up in a less than secure and healthy time, but it is also a mystery that kept me guessing. I felt I knew the characters in this book as my own friends, and I was very disappointed to let them go at the end of the book. I was deeply touched by this book, and even though it has been nearly three days since I finished the book, I am loathe to start another because Sally and Troo are still living in my head and in my heart.

Author Lesley Kagen wrote this book at age 57, and though it is her first, I dearly hope it isn’t her last book. Her website is http://www.lesleykagen.com
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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21 member(s) found this review helpful.
This book is written through the eyes of 10 year old Sally who details the summer of 1959: one that would be like no other. Her sister Troo reminds me of mine so much, and I think made it more endearing. It reads like a memoir and captured me from the first chapter. The author actually based some of the details loosely on her own life. It very much reminds me of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith, and it is not at all as dark as As The Crow Flies, by MacDonald, for those who have read those books. I do hope this author has more books planned. A great read & very highly recommended. 4.5/5
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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17 member(s) found this review helpful.
I loved this book. It took me back to the 50's. I was about the same age as the main character in the book st that time. I like the way she spoke as a 10 year old. It was very belivable. There was alot of suspense and a good ending too.

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  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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I really enjoyed this one, you never know what Troo and her sister will be up to next. Can't help but feel sorry for them and the enviroment they are raised in even though they make the best of it. Definitely an enjoyable read.
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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This was the May 2012 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove.

From the way it began, I thought I'd like it more than I did. The characters and the setting of the midwestern America 1959 was charming and very well established; enjoyed all the pop culture references! And Sally O'Malley was very precocious and endearing, and I enjoyed the many LOL moments; but by the middle, the nostalgia felt over-indulgent, and got in the way of the plot's progression. The pacing was too slow and I was losing interesting. Not to mention it's highly unlikely the children would be allowed to continue roaming the streets when the neighborhood's little girls are being murdered and molested!

Sally's POV wore thin, with a rambling day-to-day trot of observations and interactions with neighbors and friends. Her younger sister Troo was just plain annoying most of the book.

A boat load of secrets are revealed toward the end, but the biggest of these - the murderer/molester reveal - turned out to be a bit underwhelming.

In the end, it was just OK. I add the plus for nostalgia's sake...C+
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Fairly well written. Interesting characters. A good,creepy story.

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